Along with blogging for my PR Writing class, another assignment we had this semester was a Twitter/Instagram assignment. Using our designated hashtag, #PURE3600, the class tweeted and posted pictures on Instagram about whatever they wanted, but many of the posts related to Public Relations, Social Media, or Marquette University in some manner.
To say I love Twitter is an understatement. I’ve had my Twitter since May (I think) of 2009, and I have over 11,100 tweets. It’s the perfect way for me to stay up-to-date on whatever is currently happening, whether it’s breaking news or about my guilty pleasure, the Kardashian family (don’t judge me, please). However, when I got this assignment, I wasn’t exactly thrilled, but I couldn’t put a finger on why. I figured it out, however, early on into the assignment. Sometimes I would tweet something that would be good to go with the hashtag, but wouldn’t think about it until a couple of days later. Also, some days I tweet several times and other days I don’t tweet at all. I realized I didn’t like the assignment because I didn’t want to be told when/how to tweet.
After a couple of weeks into the assignment, though, I started to enjoy it more and more. Though I keep myself pretty well informed on PR and Social Media news, this assignment expanded who I was following within the industries and the information I was receiving. I also really enjoyed reading the tweets and posts from my fellow classmates to see what information they were sharing in the Twitterverse. Though I still use Twitter for my personal use, I have started tweeting a lot more about professional things, which is something I should start getting used to as I enter the working world!
Though I didn’t enjoy the assignment in the beginning, the Twitter/Instagram assignment was definitely a learning experience for me (who would’ve thought, huh?). I am going to keep tweeting about industry-related happenings, but it will be nice to not have to worry about including the class hashtag in my tweets (sorry Gee!).
Feel free to follow my Twitter and thanks for reading my class blog throughout the semester! I hope you enjoyed it!