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An Interview on New Media (Part One)

I was recently interviewed by Alexa Lee of The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University’s student newspaper, for an article she was writing about twentysomethings who are successful at using new media as business ventures. I have provided a sneak peak of the article below.

(Please note: This is the first in a three part series – for the next two weeks I’ll post an additional questions that I was asked along with my answers.)

What got you started in new media?

I’ve always been an early adopter of technology and have found the internet to be a powerful place to connect with people in my offline social circle as well as to expand my network by finding people around the world who share the same interests – both personally and professionally. That being said, for me, exploring new media was a natural progression of trying online tools as they emerge. First it was instant messaging, then blogs, RSS feeds, social networks, etc.

Why do you think people use new media, why do you use new media, how do you use new media?

I think that people use new media for all the same reasons people use traditional media. These reasons include staying up-to-date on current events, connecting with friends, all sorts of research, etc. The fundamental concepts are all the same, it’s just that the tools have changed.

I use a variety of online tools to strengthen and to expand my network. Using Facebook and LinkedIn, I stay in touch with classmates, colleagues and other contacts I’ve made along the way. Through Twitter, I discover people with similar interests in my area and around the world and have immediate access to world changing events as they happen. Each site, in its own unique way, enables me to connect with thought leaders to create a community of professionals sharing resources and ideas, and that is truly empowering. Finally, my website serves as my online epicenter where all my online interactions come together. The blog I have there allows me to document my life and share my views.

Day 7: Politics and the Internet

It seems silly that I’m writing about Chipotle when there are, without question, more interesting things going on around me.

I attended a blog launch at the National Press Club yesterday (cool enough on its own!) and while the rest of the country is talking about Paulson’s proposed bailout plan (is there ANYONE out there that supports it?), I’m living it. The plan is, of course, subject of much discussion in the area and getting to the NPC yesterday was nightmarish due to the heightened security in the area. Annoying for the drivers, fantastically fascinating for me! It’s all being decided RIGHT HERE!

Speaking of politics and the internet: Twitter has created a feed for people to post their election feedback.

“We’re filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the presidential election and a new way for you to share your thoughts.”

So many people are posting that it’s just a continuous scrolling page. It’s pretty cool to see everyone’s opinions. I don’t know how skewed it is based on the participants (Are people who are into Twitter more likely to vote for one candidate over the other?) , but I do see a consensus of opinions. Check it out here: http://election.twitter.com/.

Speaking of politics on the internet: Yesterday’s facebook blog post described the company’s new initiative to help register young voters. Those who are eligible to vote can now register to vote at facebook.com/Vote08. Using facebook for good ROCKS!

progression or regression?

A UK survey conducted by YouGov determined the web’s most-hated words. The winners are:

  • Folksonomy
  • Blogosphere
  • Blog
  • Netiquette
  • Blook (don’t ask)
  • Webinar
  • Vlog
  • Social Networking
  • Cookie
  • Wiki

Check out Nate Anderson’s article for a humorous perspective.