Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Digg or whatever is next on the horizon, the popularity of Social Media continues to skyrocket. In this collection, experts at the University of South Florida examine what Social Media is and how Social Media intersects with us on a number of fronts in our daily life.
Becoming a Social Media Success Story
Social media has revolutionized the digital experience and created a demand for people who know how to use it. Dr. Kathleen P. King of the University of South Florida looks at the what skills and talents are useful to social media professionals and what kind of jobs are available to them.
Social Media in Education
Dr. Kathleen P. King of USF's College of Education explains some of the benefits and pitfalls of using social media as a tool in the educational environment.
Playing the Location Game
A couple of the names are Foursquare and Gowalla. They are part of the family of "geo-location" applications that let you keep track of friends and family, or find a deal at a retail store or eatery like Starbucks. Kelli Burns, assistant professor in the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida, provides some insight into the relatively young space of geo-location following.
Social Media and the Middle East
First Tunisia. Then Egypt. Social change is bubbling throughout the Middle East, with some pundits referring to the uprising as the "Twitter Revolution." Kelli Burns, assistant professor in the University of South Florida's School of Mass Communications, discusses the role Social Media is playing in the Middle East turmoil. From Facebook to Twitter to YouTube, each medium has been a critical communications tool to those pushing for social change.
Social Media and Your Career
On a job hunt? Social Media can help during these tough economic times. Find out about how LinkedIn, Twitter and other platforms can help get the word out, showcase your professional skills or connect you to prospective employers.
Social Media and Politics
Social Media and politics? Is there a fit there? From President Obama's success in using social media to raise campaign contributions in 2008 to creating campaign buzz with viral videos and tweets, Susan A. MacManus, distinguished political science professor in the University of South Florida's Department of Government and International Affairs, discusses the use of Social Media in political campaigns. Find out what she thinks will be big in 2012.