Social media fundraises and can make us more productive
Posted by amodioc0599
I found a lot of things in the Qualman reading this week informative. I didn’t realize Obama raised more money for his campaign and it seems like the credit is going to social media. It does make sense that if you have more donation vehicles available that you’ll raise more money, but maybe those people would have donated anyway, so I’m not sure social media deserves all the credit. I also found it really interesting that we can tell who searches for what and where, such as how Canada and United Kingdom were searching for political news in the U.S. The internet really does provide visibility into our lives.
The Qualman reading also said Obama had a meeting where people put their phones on the center of the table. At one of my previous jobs there was a rule in place that you didn’t bring phones and laptops to meetings. This was the result of too many people going “wait, what?” in meetings. You can’t pay attention in a meeting if you’re on your phone or laptop. Meetings won’t take as long if you don’t have to keep stopping to repeat things either.
One of my friends has a brunch every year for the holidays, and someone actually made a comment last year that it was nice no one had their phone in their hand. You see it way too often in places like restaurants or bars where people are with people in person, but spend the night on their phones.
Social media does make us productive though, like the example the reading provides of seeing the wait time to vote. The NJ DMV does this for the inspection wait times. I do wonder if we’ll see online voting though. It would be very convenient, but a lot of things for privacy and accuracy need to be addressed.
The reading also discusses the role of marketing and that marketing has the job to make the customer happy and produce something that really has value. We’re in the age of the customer where online recommendations and reviews really do make an impact. There have been many things online I was going to buy, saw negative reviews and then either didn’t make the purchase or went with a different product. I also have bought something based on a recommendation from something that I bought previously. Money is made in a tough economy when people see value in their spend.
This is why online documents have become so important. The Spilka reading mentions how technical documents aren’t just part of an assembly line anymore. Documents need to be readily available in an easy to access location. We’ve become a society with no patience, so if we can’t get what we want when we want it, we move on. The idea the reading presents of maybe using blogs to replace technical documentation I don’t think will take off. I think a blog can be a great pairing to technical documents, but can’t serve as a replacement for them. The only way a blog can be effective is if someone is monitoring it 24/7 with quick answers, which almost turns the blog into a chat with a live agent kind of thing.
So, what do you guys think? I feel like I covered a hodgepodge of topics, but I liked a lot of the different topics the readings made and wanted to discuss some of them.
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