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5 Things I love About Social Media

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I started using social media several years ago and I went on a social media hiatus. After I began using social media again, I have discovered some things I like about social media right now.

  • Social media is my number one place for inspiration and brain storming. When you’re into fashion like me, I keep up with what’s trending in the fashion world because it is forever/rapidly changing. I can also find out great new ideas and ask suggestions on how to do something.
  • Social media is my entertainment hub. I find out and explore new artists, music, videos, books and lots more. All which are accessible through YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
  • Social media is my news board. Twitter is a great source to get fast news on just about everything, sometimes even at a faster pace than the traditional news platform.
  • Social media is a place for me to have my own voice. Home and work might not be enough for you to express yourself. With social media you can say what you want and have friends who are millions of miles away, but you can interact with on Twitter and Facebook. You might be uncomfortable speaking in public, but when you are online you are free to speak your mind. Being an introvert doesn’t really matter because you are in the comfort of your own home.
  • Social media is free!! , well after you pay for your internet subscription. Majority of social platforms out there do not charge people for using it. Who wouldn’t like free stuff? Social media being free makes it a great source to promote your brand for almost nothing, if done right.

I love all the opportunities social media gives me, from it being free to being my source of inspiration. I’m sure you have the things you love about social media. Please comment below with some of the things you love about social media.

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Social Media Provides Some Historical Facts about the Negro Leagues

The Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame is filled with history and nostalgia. So was the Negro Leagues Baseball (NLB). There is always someone reminiscing about Mickey Mantle or Babe Ruth. Hardly anyone has stories to share about the NL unless there is a special on a sports network or they are being featured for something involving history. Do not misunderstand me; there are some of great stories floating about but not as much as MLB.
The Negro League was victims of discrimination. This league was filled talent. Talent that belonged in MLB. Although players of NLB have been inducted into MLB Hall of Fame it is not the same as it would have been if they were allowed to compete in MLB. Can you imagine how complete the game of baseball would have been? Basically the MLB Hall of Fame is incomplete; because they did not allow themselves play against some of the best. The world missed out on some spectacular baseball players. I am sure glad times have changed.
Many of us have little or knowledge or the Negro Leagues. Social Media has changed that. Via Social Media I am going to share some interesting facts about the Negro Leagues.

1. 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster, owner of the Chicago American Giants, formed the Negro National League in Kansas City, Missouri.
2.  When the league was formed, there were 8 teams: Chicago American Giants, Chicago Giants, Cuban Stars, Dayton Marcos, Detroit Stars, Indianapolis ABCs, Kansas City Monarchs, and St. Louis Giants.
3. In 1924, the first Negro World Series was played between the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro National League Champions) and the Hilldale Club (Eastern Colored League Champions). Kansas City won the series championship 5 games to 4.
4. Leroy “Satchel” Page was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971, the first of the Negro League star to receive the honor. Gibson and Leonard were inducted in 1972, and Cool Papa Bell in 1974.
5.  According to the best compilation of statistics in that era, Josh Gibson hit 84 home runs during the 1936 season. It is important to note that only 40-50 games were played against top Negro League competition, while up to an additional 150 games could have been played although against much weaker competition.
6.  The Cleveland Buckeyes signed the first white player ever to play in the Negro Leagues, Eddie Klepp, for the 1946 season. This was the only season he played for the league.
Information obtained from: http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/You-Know-Negro-League-Baseball-319791.html


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Social Media Restaurant Menu

As I ponder Social Media, one thing for sure is that it is omnipresent. Since enrolling in the Public Relations Specialist Certification program at Takoda Institute American Indian OIC, I come to enjoy Social Media. That got me to thinking, what if there was a restaurant that had its meals and beverages named after social networking sites? Well, I have decided to do that. Just for giggles I have comprised a Social Media menu. The list is not exhaustive. I did not have time to list too many ingredients, that would require lots of time that I do not have, plus I will leave that to you, the readers. Also, this will menu will give each of you an opportunity to explore new social media networking sites. The social networking sites are in bold print.

 

                                     Beverages

       Specialty Drinks                                                                      Soda
        MocoSpace Latte                                                            Skyrock Ginger ale
        LiveMocha Latte                                                             Skoob Root beer
        Influenster Coffee                                                          Hyves Cream Soda
        Ibibo Vanilla Espresso                                                     Gogoyoko Mist-Lemon Lime Soda

                                      Sandwiches

Mouthshut.com-your choice of Chicken, Turkey or Beef
Spring Me– Vegetarian sandwich served with Cheddar, Mozzarella or Swiss
Meet up– Italian Sausage (Spicy, Mild or Hot), Bacon, Ham, Pepperoni
Stickham– Grilled Cheese- your choice of Ham or Turkey or just cheese
Mubi– Grilled Chicken with vegetables

                                        Entrees

Sound Cloud– Baked Chicken served with light fluffy mashed potatoes and vegetable
MOG Stew-Chicken, Turkey or Beef served with hot water cornbread
Ravelry Chops-Pork Chops served with roasted potatoes and vegetable
Taringa!– Mexican Meatloaf served with Cilantro Lime Rice or Mexican Mashed Potatoes and vegetable
Shelfari– Fried Chicken served with mashed potatoes and vegetable

                                        Desserts

Goodwizz Sundae-Vanilla ice cream sundae served with your choice of fruit toppings (Strawberry, Pineapple, Blueberry) and Hot Fudge
Wooxie– Moist slice of three layer chocolate
Yammer-Slice of apple pie served with vanilla ice cream and a splash of cinnamon

I had a fun time compiling my Social Media Restaurant menu. Do forget to visit a few of the websites you might learn something new.


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Social Media Late Adopter

I am not ashamed to admit that when it comes to Social Media, I previously wore the Scarlet Letter as a Late Adopter. It wasn’t that I was intimidated by it. I do not think I truly understood the benefits and I certainly did not buy into the hype. Working in retail management for over ten years, I did not interact with a lot with the Social Media channels, but I enjoyed surfing the net.
I recall my talks with family and friends regarding Facebook. They would say “Kim, people are asking about you, so should think about creating a Facebook account.” For the longest time during the conversations I had with family and friends, Facebook would somehow make its way into the discussion. For months, my response was always the same, I did not want to be bothered and no one is looking for me. Obviously neither of those statements was true.
Finally after months of Facebook beatdown exchanges, I threw in the towel, waved the white flag and created an account. I also shamefully admit my mom had established an account long before I did.
Once I started living the Facebook life (minus a profile picture, I still get nagged about that), I thought to myself this is a neat concept. I began trying to find everyone from my past that really left a lasting impression in my life. The unfortunate fact I had to face is that sometimes the impact was not reciprocated. I will say that bothered me. Also an important reminder is that many years have elapsed since I last talked to these friends and we no longer have that much in common. But the memories we shared will always have a place in my heart.
Facebook is neat in too many ways to name; however, here are a few of my favorite things. I enjoy seeing my friends children grow into adulthood, old and new pictures and sharing the old school music videos.
I even ventured out and created a LinkedIn account. As the lyrics from the 1970’s Jefferson’s sitcom “I’m moving on up, I finally got my piece of the (Facebook/LinkedIn) pie.”
I took advantage of a government sponsored Public Relations Specialist nine month certification program. One of the courses that I am currently enrolled in is Social Media. It is one of my favorite classes on the curriculum. It required that I utilize Twitter, Pinterest, create a blog as well as Facebook. I will admit some fear had set in, because tweeting, pinning and blogging (I am speaking the social media language yall) was not something I was comfortable with. Now, that is not the case, I feel confident and comfortable using the channels. Really once you get started it is not difficult.
As great as Social Media is, it has it problems. There is cyber bullying, lies, hoaxes, racist sites, and some celebrities I wish would give the world and the Social Media channels a break. Their so many inappropriate sites I cannot name them all. Just remember to use your built in sensory and filter skills to separate the good from the evil. You noticed I did not use the word “bad.” The reason for this is that the word “bad” is too nice of a word to describe the hot mess and foolishness that is oozing out on the World Wide Web.
Despite its misgivings, I encourage everyone to give Social Media a try. It is a wonderful tool to assist you in every aspect of your life. Whether it’s a meet up group or you are trying to find a tasty recipe for that tired “baked chicken” dish. Do not let your age or lack of education be a barrier. There is help for anyone at any level. Research your area libraries, colleges and universities for information on upcoming classes or workshops. Remember…you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.


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My Little Pony: Every Pony Has His Day

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Derpy Hooves, Shining Armour, and Princess Cadance at MLP-MSP 2014

Four sharp-dressed men strode into the hotel lobby, looking much like the characters of Reservoir Dogs. Without guns, of course. Three of these men were long-term associates, one was a more recent addition to the group. Two go by their given names, two have aliases. These men were on their first mission together—one they successfully accomplished in one weekend, after months of planning, Skyping, tweeting, posting, and other online collaboration.

In June 2014, fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” gathered at MLP-MSP, Minnesota’s First-Ever Brony Convention. Most of the attendees weren’t little girls—they were adults dressed like colorful ponies complete with pink wigs, horse tails, unicorn horns, and Pegasus wings. Some of the pony costumes were meticulously handmade, while others cost as much as $2,500 to purchase. One wonders, why were these grown men and women willing to face possible public humiliation by dressing like cartoon characters?

“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” is a cable TV program in its fourth season. Although the TV show was originally intended for young girls, it attracts male and female viewers of all ages. Millions of young men (called “Bronies”) follow each episode, living by the show’s tag line, “Friendship is Magic.” According to Walt Disney, “Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” Disney has said, “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”

Fans of the show are hooked by its clever scripts, high-quality animation, superb acting, and original songs. They are drawn by the show’s characteristic loyalties and kindnesses. The ponies typically rely on goodwill and friendship to resolve moral dilemmas such as bullying, gossiping, or jealousy. The essential story elements are honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity, loyalty, and magic (which happens when the other elements are in place). These principles apply to all people, extending beyond age and gender. Additionally, Bronies say the show draws them in with pop-culture references to shows such as “Mad Men,” “M*A*S*H,” and “Arrested Development,” as well as parodies of songs and popular phrases.

Brony fandom is a global phenomenon, with about thirty conventions held around the world each year. This trend has inspired several documentaries and a great deal of academic research. There are very few cultural sensations as unique and unexpected as “My Little Pony” fandom. Bronies experience a sense of community and friendship from the cartoon, and this carries over into their day-to-day lives. Brony online discussions are usually civil and helpful instead of insulting and hostile like many chat boards. Because it promotes friendship and acceptable behavior, “My Little Pony” seems to attract nicer people. Some fans have found that this kinship has helped them with their confidence levels and to deal with depression.

There are approximately three million Bronies ranging in age from 14 to 57 years old around the world, the majority of which are male. They have many different backgrounds, including soldiers, physiologists, scientists, and students. There is an entire community of Bronies in the military, traditionally a very masculine environment. “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” reflects many of the most important values in the military, such as loyalty, duty, and respect. These men push the boundaries of what society considers appropriate behavior, especially for adult males, because they enjoy watching episodes of “My Little Pony,” collecting memorabilia, and attending Brony conventions like MLP-MSP.

The three-day MLP-MSP affair was packed with a full schedule of events. The entire agenda was posted on Google Calendar and made public, which made it very easy to find information about individual events as well as create calendar entries on smart phones and tablets. MLP-MSP had about 750 attendees. Through social media outlets, such as Tumbler, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and chat communities, this con attracted people from all over the United States and as far away as Canada and Israel. The events were live-streamed through YouTube, and the chairs live-tweeted highlights of the convention all weekend long. Although this was relatively small for a Brony Con, it was well-organized with everything handled quickly and expertly.

On the last day, after all was packed up, the chairs left the hotel in street clothes, returning to their families and other commitments. We don’t know their real names, but they’ve got what it takes to run a con. And they will be back.

—Laura


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Social Media Provides Some Historical Facts about the Negro Leagues

The Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame is filled with history and nostalgia. So was the Negro Leagues Baseball (NLB). There is always someone reminiscing about Mickey Mantle or Babe Ruth. Hardly anyone has stories to share about the NL unless there is a special on a sports network or they are being featured for something involving history. Do not misunderstand me; there are some of great stories floating about but not as much as MLB.
The Negro League was victims of discrimination. This league was filled talent. Talent that belonged in MLB. Although players of NLB have been inducted into MLB Hall of Fame it is not the same as it would have been if they were allowed to compete in MLB. Can you imagine how complete the game of baseball would have been? Basically the MLB Hall of Fame is incomplete; because they did not allow themselves play against some of the best. The world missed out on some spectacular baseball players. I am sure glad times have changed.
Many of us have little or knowledge or the Negro Leagues. Social Media has changed that. Via Social Media I am going to share some interesting facts about the Negro Leagues.

1. 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster, owner of the Chicago American Giants, formed the Negro National League in Kansas City, Missouri.
2. When the league was formed, there were 8 teams: Chicago American Giants, Chicago Giants, Cuban Stars, Dayton Marcos, Detroit Stars, Indianapolis ABCs, Kansas City Monarchs,   and St. Louis Giants.
3.  In 1924, the first Negro World Series was played between the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro National League Champions) and the Hilldale Club (Eastern Colored League Champions). Kansas City won the series championship 5 games to 4.
4.  Leroy “Satchel” Page was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971, the first of the Negro League star to receive the honor. Gibson and Leonard were inducted in 1972, and Cool Papa Bell in 1974.
5.  According to the best compilation of statistics in that era, Josh Gibson hit 84 home runs during the 1936 season. It is important to note that only 40-50 games were played against top Negro League competition, while up to an additional 150 games could have been played although against much weaker competition.
6.  The Cleveland Buckeyes signed the first white player ever to play in the Negro Leagues, Eddie Klepp, for the 1946 season. This was the only season he played for the league.

Information obtained from: http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/You-Know-Negro-League-Baseball-319791.html


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Cease and Desist from Social Media

I enjoy Social Media just like the next person. One of the positives for me is to find old YouTube videos of some of my favorite entertainers and athletes or reveling in all the information of whatever is I having no knowledge of. The material out in cyber space is endless. And that my friends are one of the wonderful aspects of Social Media. As you know, there are negatives attributes about Social Media that must be addressed. Many things come to mind when I ponder the negatives. Mainly Hollywood’s finest. There are a few celebs that need to take a hiatus from Social Media and give the public a break. Unfortunately their fans will have none of that. Listed below are a few nuisances of Social Media overexposure.

JBJustin Bieber
Young, rich and out of control. He will probably calm down with age, but you never know. Let’s take a look at some comments about him.

Eminem (Rap Artist)
You know you’ve made it when you’re dissed in a lyric in an Eminem song. “Him [God] don’t give a damn about Bieber, do Him?” he raps in “A Kiss.” “What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.”

Marg Helgenberger (CSI)
“Justin Bieber wasn’t bad,” Helgenberger told a French radio show. “He had never acted before. I shouldn’t be saying this, but he’s kind of a brat. He was actually very nice to me, but he locked one of the producers in a closet. And he put his fist through a cake that was on the table.”
A star is born.

Next up…wait for her…wait for her.

KK

Kim Kardashian
She annoys us in so many ways. Sure she inherited a lot of money from her father and let’s not talk about her sex tape. Those talents or careers or whatever they are have doubled her income. Kim, you and Kanye should take a vacation and leave Social Media at home. I am sure all of the channels are tired of you. Let’s check out what people are saying about her.

Candace Bure (Actress)
How much longer do I have to look at Kim Kardashian’s butt on my twitter feed? Ugh

Alyssa Milano (Actress)
Wait! I don’t get it. No disrespect to Kim but… people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?

Russell Brand (Actor)
Kim Kardashian’s arse: A glistening portal to some memory of a time when we knew who we were and what we are? Or not?

 

MCLast but not lease…Well darn. We have a tie: Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus. The winner is (drum roll please). I will be your Wrecking Ball. Miley is everywhere Social Media is. She doesn’t leave home without it. Maybe daughter and dad (Billy Ray) can get in the studio and put together a remix and entitled “A Wrecking Ball Broke My Achy Breaky Heart.” Listen to what the folks were saying after her sexually charged 2013 VMA performance.

Annie Lennox (Singer/Songwriter)
The singer said she was “disturbed and dismayed” by what seems like an onslaught of overtly sexual performances and videos, adding, “You know the ones I’m talking about.” Annie went on to say that record companies are making a habit of “peddling highly styled pornography,” calling it “a glorified and monetized form of self-harm.”

Pharrell Williams (Music Producer/Songwriter/Singer)
“You have to remember this is a 20-year-old evolving. Her dad is Billy Ray Cyrus, her godmother is Dolly Parton, and she’s raised in the era of ‘hip-hop is king.’ So when people go and look and ask, ‘Why is she twerking, why is she doing this?’ It’s because she’s a byproduct of America.”

That’s all folks!