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Twitter

I was introduced to the world of Twitter by my good friend Zack(@zakmo) follow him,he’s a riot! He was,at the time, all about Web 2.0 and what they had to offer. We worked together for,what…3 and half years, at a restaurant that,by the end of each day we would as k ourselves,”Are we STILL working here”? Anyways..he came to me one day and said,”check this site out here’s the link”.

I don’t remember if it was beta or not(I don’t think it was) and I said,”sure,okay”. I went home that night and signed up. At first,it was kind of slow. I didn’t send any tweets and I was following him and he was following me and,that was pretty much it. I laid low from tweeting for awhile and suddenly picked it up again. We tried to get a few people at work to sign up and try it but it never really caught on with them as it did us.

I remember telling my roommate at the time about it and her response was,”Why would I want everyone to see my text messages”. The only answer I had for her at the time was,”psshhh,everyone won’t see your text messages. It’s only those who you follow and those that follow you will see it. If you text private stuff then,they will see it”.

That’s how I explained it at the time because that was my only explain. It wasn’t as big as it is now and she thinks it’s stupid. I find myself tweeting ALL the time now. Once you get started,it’s almost hard to stop. You find yourself tweeting anywhere and about everything! I tweet while I do rounds. At the movies,in line somewhere,airports,airplanes(if you’re on JetBlue or Southwest where the internet is free),surgeons tweeting surgeries LIVE! It’s all pretty exciting.

There are apps,tools,widgets,tweetups,twitter lingo,twitter etiquette and now a “twitter” search. Celebrities,politicians,tv networks,athletes and major companies have ALL jumped on this bandwagon. People network for jobs and some have made really good friends from this new craze. How long will this last? Who knows? For now,twittering what you are doing in 140 characters or less,is what its all about.

A little something from zakmo

My bestie Zackery, a PR student and budding Media Consultant, wrote a blog on Students Blogging. He writes that students that are blogging are doing it for more than just fun. It also doubles as a press release for an Awards show that we are both involved in and, it’s the beginning of what I think is going to be a fantastic start to something that will hopefully,grow to be wonderful for our online experiences.

For more information, contact:
Zackery Moore
ZakMo86@gmail.com
http://zakmo.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In a Bad Economy, Blogging becomes more than a Hobby
Soon-to-be college graduates blog for fun and experience

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – At first glance, Antonice Louis, 24, and Zackery Moore, 22, would appear not to have much in common. Louis is a native Bahamian with a “no nonsense” attitude, while Moore is a native Alabamian with a thick Southerner’s accent. Besides both being college students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Louis and Moore have their own blogs; Louis writes The Angry Pre-med Student and Moore writes making a PRofessional. And with each passing credit hour, Louis and Moore are getting closer to leaving college and entering an uncertain economy on the hunt for their first job.

“The economy didn’t scare me at first,” says Moore, “but the more I hear about it from friends, family and professionals, the more nervous I’m becoming. And I know finding my first job is going to be hard.” That is one reason why Moore started making a PRofessional, a blog for college students about becoming a public relations professional. “When I’m competing for a job, I hope that having making a PRofessional in my portfolio will separate me from the rest.”

Louis says, “I’m loving this whole thing. Writing my own blog has been fun, but I think it shows that I can start a project on my own and take on full leadership. And I’ve been able to network with other people who love blogging.” The Angry Pre-med Student’s content is varied and could be about the fun ways to catch-up with a favorite television show online in one post and be about taking a road-trip to see the Northern Lights in another.

Louis and Moore met while working in a restaurant and have become best friends. “I think we accidentally encouraged each other to start blogging, I’m not really sure whose idea it was first,” Moore said.

Louis and Moore have this as advice to students about social media in general:

1. Be careful about what you say about whom. Moore had a bad experience where a former employer saw a negative post about his time at the business. “That’s definitely a bridge I won’t be able to cross again, but it worked out in a serendipitous way. I don’t encourage anyone else to risk it.”
2. Don’t just blog about your life. Louis says, “Only your mother cares about what you had for lunch. You should write about current events and trends if you want to show a potential employer.” She says if you want to use it professionally, you should write about topics that interest more than your friends and family.
3. The numbers count. Moore says that having regular posts can show that you have initiative, but it sounds better if you can back up your blog with numbers. “Blogger and WordPress both have features that allow you to track page views. And you can ‘cross-pollinate’ on other social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter to draw people to your blog.”

It’s not quite done yet but it gives you an idea of what he’s getting at. I told him I would read it for him and tell him if anything is off. So far, It’s GOOD!

zakmo: making a PRofessional