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Break From the Pack — Interact!

July 4, 2009

When I first looked at the topic choices for this blog project, I was immediately drawn to the interactivity option. While we go over many important reasons for consumers, friends and employees to interact online in class, I feel like I can dig deeper with this blog.

I first searched on Technorati about social media and interaction and the result list was very different and scattered. I then searched the same key words on Google and decided to look at Alexander van Elsa’s blog on “New Media Technologies and Their Effect on Social Behavior.”

Van Elsa is the CEO of Glubble, an Internet browser that caters to families with small children using the internet. His June 2, 2008 post related the most to social media and interactivity. He believes that everyone is joining on the social media bandwagon for the interaction! Like we will learn with our class blogs, van Elsa wrote about how hard blogging is to get started. You need time, effort and passion. He explained that not everyone will take the time to read your posts; but when people comment and tell you their feelings about the posts, the interaction will spark interesting topics to write about.

I agree with van Elsa and believe that all of the new social media outlets (from Twitter to blogs) are gaining in popularity because of interaction. People crave attention and interaction from anyone, including people they may never see in person. Anyone can use blogging as an outlet to write all of their business ideas down, collaborate with peers or simply relieve stress. For the many people who use social media to advance their careers, they are seeking their interaction with future employers.

Another blog I looked at was Speckyboy Magazine’s. The guidelines on their blog explain that everyone should adopt the changes in the social media world but also do the research on all of the different options available.

When you do adapt to a new social media outlet, whether it be Facebook, Twitter or, be sure to interact with the other members to get the most out of it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaitlyn Jenkins permalink
    July 4, 2009 4:04 am

    PS. Sorry about the late posting.. my internet has been down for a while!

  2. Jessica Cabibbo permalink
    July 6, 2009 3:25 pm

    First, I’d like to say cute headline. I think it’s a good opening to your first blog post, as it really exemplifies what your blogs purpose is, and specifically your first post.

    What made you decide to pick Alexander van Elsa’s blog? Was it just because that was one of the first blogs that appeared on Google? Van Elsa made a good point when he pointed out how difficult blogging is to start. I think that’s probably the hardest part. When you first begin a blog, there are so many different directions you can take. Deciding where to start is a tough decision. Also on a side note, his company’s name, Glubble, is a funny word. Did he say how he came up with it? It’s not important, the word just made me laugh, so I was just wondering! (:

    Good job on your first blog post. I look forward to reading and learning more about interactivity!!

  3. Kaitlyn Jenkins permalink
    July 17, 2009 10:38 am

    I just chose Alexander van Elsa’s blog because it was one of the first ones that popped up, and since it was my first blog post I just went with it. I’ve now learned to look into more options than just the first site!
    Also, I couldn’t find out why van Elsa’s site is called Glubble. But it’s a website that helps families have safe internet exploring for their young children. I imagine he uses Glubble because it kind of sounds child-like? I’m not too sure! Hope this helps.

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