On my second computer monitor at work, I saw a Tweet come in– “Facebook is down.” (Like many other social media observers, I use the popular Twitter client Tweetdeck.)
Surprised, I tried to access Facebook myself. No dice. So I seconded the tweet, “Facebook is down for me too.” Soon after, tech blogs started reporting on the outage, crediting reports of the outage came in via Twitter.
See how that happened? Hundreds, if not thousands of people reported on something before any blog or newspaper could put pen to paper. That is how the conversation works these days – everyone is a part of it, and it is no longer being led by the media.
That’s why it is vital students are a part of this conversation online at Twitter and Facebook. That’s where the conversation is starting. One student who has been to our high school conferences got fed up in the direction our country is taking, and decided to start a Twitter account. He now has over two thousand followers, and he hasn’t even graduated high school yet.
Given that reality, many Young America’s Foundation team members (including myself) are attending the AMP Summit – a conference that will explore the importance of new media. Here, we will learn about emerging trends in social media, and figure out how to best communicate with you, the students.
What are your favorite social media sites? Do you spend more time on Facebook or Twitter? Do you have a smart phone? Leave your thoughts in the comment field below!
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