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“People need to see that, far from being an obstacle, the world’s diversity of languages, religions and traditions is a great treasure, affording us precious opportunities to recognize ourselves in others.” — Youssou N’Dour

Social networking is a way to establish connections with people all over the world. Networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter allow all of your friends to follow your every move.

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Facebook was a way of connecting high school friends through college and college friends after graduation. Today the older generations are joining facebook with hopes to RE-connect with people they knew 20 years ago.

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Twitter is what I like to think of as my constant away message. At all times my “followers” can know what I’m doing or thinking just by checking my latest tweet update.

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LinkedIn is the newest network I have joined but it already seems like it is going to be a great resource. It is the 21st century form of a little black book, filled with professional co-workers and acquaintances.

The most exciting part of all these networks is that they are continuously growing every day. Not just that but people are constantly finding new ways to use applications to make their profile serve an even greater purpose.

Being a part of the fast-paced online world can be intimidating but it also has advantages that just don’t exist through phone calls, fax machines, and snail mail.

I hope to find a way to intertwine my online profiles–so my facebook friends follow me on Twitter and ready my blog and eventually become my network on LinkedIn. As my use of each site increases I hope that they will each serve a different purpose to delivering my complete message.

I know I use my prescense on the Internet to keep in touch with people all around the world. I believe one day no matter where you are from or what language you speak–the Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn logos will define a uniform meaning. Every time one of the logos pop up, you are able to think of a way that you and someone halfway around the world are moreĀ  similiar than you could ever imagine.

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“Why are we inspired by another person’s courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.” — Laurence Shames

New Media. It is all anyone is talking about these days. From college classrooms to office meetings, everyone is trying to find a new angle on social media to give themselves an edge.

Michigan State University saw the need for a formal education in social media, and created a course titled “New Media Driver’s License.” The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the digital tools available that can help create on-line communities and reach out to customers.

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With the growing popularity of social networking sites it makes sense that everyone would want to get a hand in. This course will make it possible for MSU students to have a leading role in the new media frenzy.

Knowing how to use the newest tools to engage with a consumer is just one step on the right path. The real trick comes with getting out your message effectively and not being overlooked. TheĀ  NMDL class is geared toward making sure the later does not happen, and in this new age of an increasingly digital world having an upper hand is the best thing one can hope for.

My step into the digital world has been a very hesitant one. I never joined the MySpace community. When all of my friends started creating their facebook pages, I resisted for at least a few months. This is the first blog I have ever written. I was not holding back because of a lack of understanding the new technology, it was mostly a trust issue. I was afraid to have too much information available on the internet.

That was before. Now I see that it is all a choice. I can choose the content of my profiles and blogs and I can use them to create a positive image for myself.

I knew that signing up for a course in new media was a great idea for learning how to advance a company’s image, but now I see that I can use this new media to make myself shine. As a former reluctant user, however, I know this class is going to push me out of my comfort zones. This is where the influence from the rest of the students and the instructors will help me to find the courage to drive full speed ahead.

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