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Drop the attitude October 3, 2008

Posted by jamiekim in Social Media.
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In high school, I always looked down on people who referred to MySpace in conversations. For me, the social network site was something separate from my real life. I was connected yet disconnected, and in a way, even though my MySpace page centered around me, my online persona was still slightly fictionalized.

My name, picture and profile were out for the world to see (pre-privacy settings, of course) yet I separated my virtual identity from my “true” identity.

Interestingly enough, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. At that time, most of my peers believed in the social taboo, too—not because they didn’t have their own online profiles but because being a member of an online community was still something new for my generation.

I admit that many of us still carried the notion that online communities were for geeks and lowlifes who couldn’t establish real-life relationships.

But the funny thing is, we’re all geeks now.

MySpace and Facebook have long turned into everyday words and I’ve realized that hearing people mention these social network sites in real-life conversations no longer bother me. Why? Because everyone belongs to—or has the option to create—an online community nowadays.

Well, mostly everyone. There are still a select few (two? three?) people who haven’t conformed to the digital norm.

But that’s fine with me, just as long as I’m in the majority.


Life After College September 12, 2008

Posted by jamiekim in Social Media.
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I’m a paranoid individual.

And I have Web 2.0 to thank for it.

Social media has turned everything into an open party. Posting pictures on MySpace; sending bumper stickers on Facebook; constantly updating your status on Twitter—it’s all really fun. Not to mention really addicting.

After all, what’s not fun about being the host of your own party and inviting all of your friends and family to celebrate?

Well. When nobody wants to leave. Or better yet, when you suddenly see a few co-workers walk-in through the back door.

Who invited them? Technically, you did.

Friends and family aren’t the only people with an Internet access.

Every social media user needs to take extra precautions, especially the members of Generation Y searching for jobs out in the “real world.” Not only can Web 2.0 make it so you don’t get a job you’re interviewing for, but it can get you fired from whatever job you already have.

Sitting behind a computer screen is no longer considered a hiding place. Your identity won’t stay anonymous for very long, especially when an employer is running a Google search of your name.

We all need to protect out privacy and calculate whether our current (online) actions can possibly equate to future consequences. You can never be too careful these days.

Sure, social media sites can be fun and friendly. But things can start getting ugly, very quickly.