Social media is the new communication of world today. Instead of writing notes, sending cards, or talking on the phone, people today are tweeting, blogging, posting, and pinning. There are many reasons that support my decision to jump on board with the social media trend. I wanted to fit in with everyone and stay up to date with the new trends of technology. I also wanted to stay connected with friends and family members. The first social media site that caught my eye was MySpace, a site where you can connect with others and create your own webpage. Then when the MySpace trend was on a decline I went over to Facebook, which I currently use. I use Facebook as a way to connect with my family and friends. I also use Instagram to upload pictures and video. When I think back at how far social media has come I feel like social media is here to stay and the media sites are just going to keep growing.
I believe that social media sites have a huge impact on education. Back when Facebook just started you can only open an account if you were a college student or alumni. It was a networking site where students can collaborate and share thoughts about school projects and what classes to take. Now it doesn’t just limit users to only school students but to everyone. There are also career-driven sites like LinkedIn, which launched in 2003 and since then has 300 million members and growing. You can manage your profession identity and share your resume to businesses across the world. Then there are blogging sites like this one where people can collaborate and give their own feedback on certain topics. I find social media to be impactful in the classroom because it brings the real world to the classroom. Students can interact with not just people in the class but students around the world. Teachers will benefit from sites like Pinterest or other blogging sites because they can share ideas and collaborate with other teachers from other schools in their district to get ideas. Social media is changing our culture. Some say it’s a good thing and some disagree but either way you look at it social media is not going to change. In fact I think it is just going to keep growing. We learn from each other and creativity and inspiration is unleashed when one blogs about a certain topic. Social media is the new normal!