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Well, I had typed out a full blog post, clicked on the “Publish” button and it didn’t show up on my page, so I am going to do a shortened version to quickly cover the highlight of my COMM 506 class today.

Kate Milberry (@KateMilberry) invited Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega (@hummingbird604, author of www.hummingbird604.com and http://www.raulpacheco.org/) to guest lecture on the role social media can play in our lives.

As someone who has been weary of joining Twitter, thinking it full of mundane posts, Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s discussion really opened my eyes to the use of social media in smart ways. As long as you define your online presence in both a professional and personal aspect, you have the possibility of connecting with countless people. The online realm can open real-life doors by helping you to build social capital. Don’t be scared to put yourself out there and own it when you make mistakes.

I have now been tweeting for two days and I feel like those in my cohort that I am following and who are following me have created a community around our program and our courses. We look to each other for advice and we are each others’ cheerleaders as we work towards our final research projects in the MACT program. If I continue to make connections with people like them, I will be happy to add to my online social profile now and in the future.