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05

Mar

Where It All Began

Social Media. The buzz word of the decade. I got my start in social with MySpace. You remember MySpace. The site dedicated to allowing its users to create pages with glittering graphics and their favorite song of the week. And how could anyone forget the infamous “MySpace Profile Picture”. The one where every tween, teen and young adult female stood in front of a mirror with a camera extended overhead to get the right angle. Yeah, I did it, too. I’m not proud of some of the content I put out in the social sphere when I was 15 years-old, but it’s there, I’ve just tried to bury it with other things.

      More recently, I’ve adopted social as my way to forge ahead in the professional world. I’ve been cleaning up my Facebook profile (Thanks, Timeline!), and keeping my Twitter a bit more professional. I no longer tweet about what song is playing on my iPod, and how #awesome it is.

      In the age where every young professional (and college senior looking for a job) Red Solo Cup is using some sort of social platform, I have used social to make myself that much more marketable. I have been able to grow professionally and thus, more conscious of the information I am putting out on the web. You never know when that red Solo cup photo will come back to haunt you.

     

Personally, I blame social for enabling my addictive tendencies. While some claim social sites are fostering the loss of human interaction, I have embraced social and used it to help grow and develop personal connections. That was deep. Social has allowed me to stay in touch with friends from around the world. Within an instant I can tell my best friend in London what is going on in my life. And that’s #awesome.