Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Ravens vs The 49ers: Social Media Edition

As football fans all over dig out their foam fingers, prepare their chicken wings, and a variety of chips and dips…social media is claiming Super Bowl XLVII as its own.

This past Tuesday (1/29) the Super Bowl was kicked off with a social media day, also known as Christmas morning or a free-for-all for journalists, reporters, and many more fans. Fans paid $25 to sit in the stands and watch all of the commotion take place.

Aside from media day, this event has still gotten a lot of hype on the web. The official twitter page has over 72 thousand followers with only 648 tweets on the page. This doesn’t even include the NFL page or the two competing teams. So many people all over social media just happen to be waiting for Sunday, and talking about it until it comes.

Even with all of the talk, 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh says the ” Facebooking and the Tweeter” are a waste of time. I’m sure many people disagree, especially because there is a social media guidebook for the event.

The info graph lists the top 3 “Super Fans” from each team. Social media doesn’t matter? Well between the 6 of them, there is an accumulated 7,272 tweets about the two teams this season alone. Even with Jim’s opinion, the 49ers seem to be slightly more favorable, but the Ravens have more mentions.

If that wasn’t enough to prove that social media is HUGE, let’s take a look at the past years. In 2011, the hashtag to follow was #SUPERBOWL with 3 million tweets. #SB46 was last year’s with almost 14 million. This year seems to be even higher but right now is too early to tell, just follow the hashtag and continue the conversation at #SB47. That was the official hashtag but what about others?

#SuperBowl #SuberBowl47 #Harbowl #49ers #Ravens #NFLExperience #NFL #QuestForSix #Niners #RavensNation and I’m sure there is more.

Even with everyone choosing a side, it’s amazing to see how social media is changing annual events. As everyone sits down with their food and beverages of choice, twitter, Facebook, and many other sites will be bombarded with hashtags, mentions, posts, and support for their team.

I’m not a big football fan but I’m excited to see how the Super Bowl progresses in years to come.


The Favorite Non-Profits Are….

I’ve been involved in volunteering for YEARS but the impact that social media is AMAZING! As I learn more about the art of blogging, I stumbled across a VERY helpful blog.

So far this seems to be THE blog of all non-profit blogs, which will be very beneficial to my personal learning network.

One of the posts that caught my attention was…

Announcing… 31 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2013!

These “Favorite Nonprofits” are chosen every January to be on the banner of the blog. I love this concept an all but normally they are chosen because of a great social media presence. This year it’s more by opinion. The author chose them because the causes hit closer to home.


The top causes include female empowerment, the environment, and medical care. The best part? Each of the nonprofits will get 10% of the site’s webinar income.

To put it in perspective, they have 8 webinars scheduled until March 19th. Each will cost $50 per person or $119 per group. That could add up to a lot of money. I love that not only will this blog acknowledge these nonprofits, but they also get helped, they get support. And here is the list…

1.SOS Children’s Villages International :: @SOS_Children

2. Wildlife SOS :: @WildlifeSOS


4. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) :: @PETA

5. 10×10 :: @10x10Act

6. Girls Education International :: @GirlsED

7. MomsRising :: @MomsRising

8. National Marine Life Center :: @MarineLifeCtr

9. Partners In Health :: @PIH

10. amfAR :: @amfAR

11. charity: water :: @CharityWater

12. Vital Voices :: @VitalVoices

13. Gorilla Doctors :: @GorillaDoctors

14. Population Council :: @Pop_Council

15. National MS Society :: @MSSociety

16. Ewaso Lions :: @EwasoLions

17. ECPAT International :: @ECPAT

18. Demos :: @Demos_Org

19. Alley Cat Allies :: @AlleyCatAllies

20. American Nicaraguan Foundation :: @ANF

21. Southern Poverty Law Center :: @SPLCenter

22. National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare :: @NCPSSM

23. National Park Foundation :: @GoParks

24. Wild Animal Sanctuary :: @AnimalSanctuary

25. Women’s Campaign International :: @WomensCampaign

26. Born Free Foundation :: @BFFoundation

27. Performing Animal Welfare Society :: @PAWSArk2000

28. Alliance for Climate Education :: @ClimateED

29. Women for Women International :: @WomenforWomen

30. Clinic In A Can :: @ClinicInACan

31. National Gay & Lesbian Task Force :: @TheTaskForce

We live in a world of Social Media…


Many people use these sites, and other social network sites (SNS), as a way to reveal every little thing that happens in life. For a moment in time, I was one of those people. I’ve learned so much about social media in the past year alone and I’m very thankful for that.

Social Media is used for much more than the descriptions of a day. It’s a way to communicate. Social media is a channel for information to go through and that is very beneficial in the fast paced world that we live in today.

The book we use in my social media class has opened my eyes in just the first chapter. With only an introduction to social media, I’ve come to realize that I have a long, hard, and fun road ahead of me.

There are sites that some of us may take for granted, these are still SNS. We all know that LinkedIn counts but how many of us truly knew that Wiki, Spotify, and Virtual worlds also counted? I sure didn’t until I read the very first chapter.

There are many more sites out there that I never even knew. Some of them aren’t even common in the U.S. It’s just mind-blowing to know that there are more outside of our little bubble just waiting to be explored. As those stay off our radar, more and more sites are popping up every time we look around.

The author, Katy Howell, ended the chapter on a good note. No matter what sites are used and who controls them, the main objective should be to create a community. This can do wonders for any brand but may not be as easy for others. It is up to us, users of social media, to also create a sense of home and community to our status updating, picture posting, video uploading, tweeting peers.

Still need that reality check? Check out this video.


My Welcoming Party

So I finally gave in and created a blog. WHOO!!

It wasn’t all my doing though. I was kindly suggested *required* to make one for class. But I also want to discover all of the ins and outs of what social media has to offer.

So browse the site and let me know what you think. Get to know me while I get to know social media.Image