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November 15, 2012 - Brian Collins
Social media is getting out of control. I mean, really, it is...but I don't mind.

On average, I'd say I spend about 3 to 4 hours a day wasting away on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, LinkedIN, Freelanced, and Foursquare accounts. Why? I'll tell you why.

For one, it's the easiest way to find out what's happening in the world. I haven't watched the news since...well since the last time I was forced to (probably the last presidential election in 2008).

My news source is Twitter.
My discussion panel is Facebook.
I get my footage from YouTube and my photographs from Instagram.

I know you're probably thinking to yourself, "oh great, this is the same guy who reports my hometown news." Well, it's not as bad as it sounds. For one, I do read the paper along with dozens of news articles a day online, however, when I want a lighter side of the news I turn to social media. It's just hilarious to read as my misinformed, undereducated, and often severely biased friends debate "the facts" in a very public forum.

Secondly, it's faster. I heard Michael Jackson passed away on Twitter nearly half an hour faster than the first newspaper could post an article online. Granted, I often hear unsubstantiated rumors, but it's up to me to discern whether or not they are credible... Just like the first fifteen times that Jackson died, according to Twitter.

Finally, it's unrestricted and far more entertaining. The media has to follow a strict set of rules [that I'm not sure I even know yet]. There are certain ways you go about breaking a story of political corruption or tragedy in the Middle East. Twitter does not have that set of rules. Ask the Michigan State Football team. Ask that Greek Olympian, Voula Papachristou, who got banned from the Olympic Games for a tweet she sent. They know.

So join me as I school you in the art of Social Media. Be my friend, my connection, or my follower -- I don't care what you call it. Just enjoy.


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