For the most part, I had some prior knowledge of each of the subject areas we discussed in class. Through the class I have expanded that knowledge:
On Twitter: I learned that it can be used to catch up on the news, find out events that are happening right now, and to follow celebrities. I received a direct message from someone who is somewhat of a “YouTube celebrity” which makes me sound like a geek, but I was excited to hear from them.
Also, I really enjoyed learning about the basics behind the creation of Twitter and learning that it was just a small team that was responsible for the site and they are highly accessible. We talked about skyping them, but never got around to it.
On Facebook: I didn’t expand too much on Facebook, but I did end up creating a fan page for my viral marketing campaign and explored how to use that to its fullest extent (more on this later).
On LinkedIn: I realized how much Linkedin can do for me in the business world. I never knew all the aspects of the site which I would not have explored if we had not had to expand our profile past a certain percentage.
In viral marketing: With our viral marketing campaign I got a great response from family and friends and ‘friends of friends’. I created a Facebook group called “Your Creative Spark” which gave a creative outlet for people to use on an everyday basis
In social networking: I knew before the class that social networking is important. It is even more so now that I am graduating. I want a way to stay in touch and also a way to get my ideas and plans set in motion. Social networking is an outlet for me to stay in touch and bounce ideas off of everyone I know and then some.
In the creation of a personal website/online portfolio: My personal website was the biggest challenge for me. I had one class early in college where we worked on a website, but it was very basic and it was a completely different program. In Com 315 I feel that I have expanded my knowledge of how the website process works. For my second attempt ever at creating my own personal website, I think it is pretty nice. A little rough around the edges, but it works.
I learned so much in this class and really enjoyed it. It was a whole different field of study for me and I only wish I would have taken it sooner in my college career so that I could have taken more communications classes. I really appreciated the one on one support and the help I received from my classmates as well even though I am not a communications major. This was a great class to go out of college on and I feel as though I am a bit closer to being ready for the real world.