Keep Your Rep Up!

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When you think of Facebook, what comes to mind? Friends? Family? Entertainment? Photos? Well, for most people, networking is probably not something that comes to mind.

When Facebook was first released, it was created as a social media platform for college students to communicate with each other. You actually needed a college email to create an account. As time has progressed, that changed. People of all ages utilize Facebook for various reasons, but what most people don’t realize is that employers are looking at your profiles and your online activity.

Yes, I know. You can make it private. I know you can change the settings and no one can see what you post except your friends list. But what happens when you share a vulgar video? Someone else shares it and then someone else and so on. Well guess what? Your name is still attached to the original share and all kinds of people from all over the world are seeing this video. Maybe you didn’t create it, but your name is still attached to it.

Have you ever thought about the pictures that you post or even the picture that your friends post of you? If you have pictures posted of you dancing on a coffee table at a party or funneling beers, then you may want to reconsider a few things.

If you haven’t already, just Google your name. Because I guarantee employers will do it. You may be surprised at what you may find.

Social media has become such a large part of our daily lives that in the workplace, people are generally professional, but employers are wanting to tap in so they can see who you really are.

The world we live in today revolves around social media so it is important to build your professional brand along with your personal brand online. Think about the things that you post. How do you think others see you? Is this the image you want to create for yourself? Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.

Building your brand online is not something that happens over night. It may require some self-development as to who you want to be and what you need to get there. Your online behavior is a representation of who you are. This is how others perceive you

Just remember this is your future. There are endless possibilities that could occur. What happens if you need a job in the future? You never know who knows who. Sometimes, networking is half the battle of landing a good job. Even if you already have a job, who’s to say there won’t be a company layoff in the year?

One of your friends on your Facebook may have the connection you need to get an interview somewhere.

Think twice about what you post.

See you soon,

Hannah

PS: Here is a link to the Facebook privacy page: http://bit.ly/2ko7CyN

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As Told By a Third-Wheel

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I am a third-wheel. This sentence has become a common sequence of vowel and consonant sounds exiting my mouth, and it rolls off the tongue with an ease like my own name. Third-wheeling has become a sort of a hobby of mine; from formal dances to casual hangouts, I often find myself the loner of the group, standing alone in a crowd.

Don’t misunderstand me: I love being a third-wheel. You see, I spent a great deal of time on the other side of the equation while in high school, spending most of my time watching my friends be the third wheel to my own childish romances. But now, as I continue through the adventure of college life, I find myself riding the third-wheel train frequently. Just recently I joined a friend and her boyfriend for an adventurous night of the third-wheeler life, and I asked myself something. How many of us truly see the beauty of third-wheeling, and how many of us believe the lie that it is the worst feeling in the world? So many memes are dedicated to the sadness associated with not having a lover by your side. But can’t we recognize third-wheeling for the beauty it holds?

And yeah, it might be nice to have someone to share that with as well, but why ignore the moment you’re in just to imagine a different moment better saved for later? There will be plenty of time in the future to enjoy the presence of someone you love, so take the time to enjoy the now. Take pictures of your goofy friends ignoring you while sharing an ice cream sundae or wrestling on the living room floor. Trust me, they’ll love the captured moment when you show it to them later.

And don’t go scrolling through Facebook or Twitter just because it seems you have nothing better to do. If witnessing the magnificence of true love begins to bore you, take a look around your environment. Check out some wicked architecture, listen to the music playing above your head, count the amount of kids you see tugging on mom’s jeans. There is so much happening all around you, and this is your time to enjoy it. And who knows, maybe the person who will bring you out of the third-wheel zone will be sitting across from you at a bar, laughing at their own dorky friends wishing the same things you do. So take a moment to enjoy the life of a third-wheeler, because it won’t last forever.

See you soon,

Hannah

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To Disclose, or Not to Disclose

advertisingSocial media personalities who have Tweeted, Instagrammed, and Snapped their way to stardom have no doubt caught the attention of businesses large and small. Much like how professional athletes and other celebrities are paid to endorse products, businesses and retailers have increasingly turned to recognized social media personalities to recommend their products. Although social media influencers can get paid significant sums of money for product placement and rave reviews, sometimes the relationship with the company is not readily apparent to the public. Where the endorsement is not based on genuine user experience, this can have a misleading and negative impact on consumers.

Disclosing the connection is important to the truth about the advertisement or endorsement. The basic premise behind the truth-in-advertising principle is that all advertising, including endorsements, whether direct or indirect, should be honest and not mislead the public.

There are some influencers who may post about a certain product and simply review and recommend the product with no connection to the marketers of those products. However, influencers who are compensated, or receive the product or other benefits from the marketer for the sole purpose of providing a recommendation may be deceiving their audience where the connection is not disclosed.

Legal reviewers of advertising and promotional materials should be aware of a company’s use of influencers and ensure proper disclosures are used. While there is no special wording required for the disclosure, an effective statement should be clear and should give the audience the essential information and the nature of the relationship. For example, if the influencer received the product for free, the disclosure could simply read, “Company X sent me this product to try…” If the influencer was paid for the endorsement, say so. If the endorsement is a video post, ensure the disclosure is clear and prominent in the video itself, and not merely in the text of the description.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published “The FTC’s Endorsement Guides – What People Are Asking” in May 2015 to provide guidance on how to disclose connections between brands and their endorsers to consumers and provides over 35 examples of various endorsement scenarios. This is a very useful tool for common-folk like you and I to refer to when unsure about an influencer and/or company!

I hope this tidbit of information was useful to those of you who are curious about how influencers and companies work together to advertise products and make a living doing so!

See you soon,

Hannah

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What is Beauty?

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The Oxford dictionary defines beauty as, “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight” or “a beautiful or pleasing thing or person, in particular”. If we would use this definition to define a woman or young girl’s beauty, what are we really saying? It seems like we’re saying that in order to be beautiful, you have to look beautiful. This definition also implies that in order to look beautiful, you have to be “pleasing to the eye”. So let me ask you this, who are we to say that someone is not beautiful? Also, who are we to label beauty as something that we find visually satisfying?

For generations our perception of beauty has been based on what we see on television and social media. We forget that beauty means more than just “looking good”. Beauty can be found on the inside as well. The most beautiful people are the ones that express kindness, joy, and love. They are everyday women taking care of their children, working long hours, and accomplishing the impossible. They are not models, celebrities, or luxurious housewives. They are women who are often forgotten, yet they possess stunning internal beauty. Shape, color, appearance, or clothing, has little to do with true beauty. True beauty comes from within, and it does not have a single definition.

The perfect person does not exist, yet television and social media has created the perfect person that everyone wants to look like. It is the woman with the perfect body, the perfect hair, and the perfect facial features. I can admit that I’ve been at fault for thinking that too. However, when did we become experts in perfection? Beauty is confidence, beauty is strength, beauty is kindness, and beauty is what is on the inside. Beauty has no definition and it is not perfection. Everyday we are being told what beauty is from people who only look at one thing; appearance. We are not being seen, because seeing someone and looking at someone are very different concepts. You are looking at me because you choose to look at my surface. You see me whenever you get to know me. So I challenge a lot of you to SEE the women around you. We are all beautiful, and no one has the right to tell us differently.

That’s all for today! I’ll be back next week for another round of blogs.

See you soon,

Hannah

 

Hi, I’m Hannah

blogselfieMy name is Hannah Marie Jett – You can call me Han. For my social media class I was told I needed to introduce myself through a blog, as well as keep it up throughout the semester. I have never had an easy time coming up with things to say about myself in length, nor have I ever really needed to. So this may be a little difficult, bear with me!

I am a 22-year old female and a Senior communications major graduating in August from the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY). I was born and raised in Louisville and I am a die-hard Cards fan! I am also a witty girl with a sense of humor and a touch of sarcasm that can get me into, or out of, a sticky situation. I am a lover of all things; including, but not limited to: music, fashion, makeup and binge watching Netflix or Youtube – whichever I am in the mood for that day. I thoroughly enjoy people watching and being surrounded by those who mean the most to me while doing it. I strive to make each day count and to ensure that I am putting my best foot forward – That is, after I have my cup of coffee.

That is just a little insight as to who I am and what makes me, me. Throughout the semester I will be writing about not only things that pertain to social media, but about topics that interest me, inspire me, and that even I can learn from. I have high hopes that I will touch the lives of others by this blog and to peak interests, inspire souls, and educate those with a willing to learn!

May this semester start with a BANG!

Till next time,

Hannah

PS: I have attached my Spotify playlist if you would like to take a listen, I have a wide variety of music on there!

https://open.spotify.com/user/12168469775