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October 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Twitter is bigger than we think…

First of all, all students in the public relations sequence knows how important social media is. Everything is Facebook this, and Twitter that, but how important is it really? As far as I can see – extremely.

In class today, we saw how effective Twitter could be as we setup a hashtag and could see everyone posting and asking questions. I think this is great because some people are shy and feel more comfortable in front of a screen to ask a question. After class a few us were talking about starting a hashtag up for every class and maybe using it as a study program. Here we could all get on a certain time and help each other out and interact to answer each others questions. I think this would be a great thing.

I also don’t think people realize how popular Twitter really is. Today when I was watching my daily news channel, ESPN, it kept popping up about this team and that team are creating rules banning Twitter during practices and games because their players would do it otherwise. A player I believe on Texas Tech was Twittering at halftime and his coached suspended him for one game. I personally think it would be kinda cool to see what players are thinking during a game, but I also realize how it can be a bad thing.

I just found this article about how people will be able to follow Ugandan gorillas on Twitter. There are only 720 of these gorillas left in the mountains and now people will be able to follow their every move and interact with the rangers through blogs and social media websites. I think this is the coolest thing ever. It is a great way for people to realize and maybe even humanize with the gorillas to make people donate money to the gorillas. If this works, think about how this can help other animals and different issues around the world. Like polar bears or maybe even global warming.  This could be huge.

Regardless of whatever everyone thinks, Twitter is important and we need to fully understand it. So if you don’t know how to do something, ask or simply play on Twitter and figure it out. It isn’t too hard.

The gorilla article:


September 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Social Monitoring Project: Walmart

For my public relations research class, we monitored Walmart’s reputation through social media websites.

See it below:

Wal-Mart Social Media Monitoring Report

Special Thanks to my group members:

Patrick Johnson

Mark Clennon

Allison Belles

and of course our professor, Kelli Burns

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Matt Grothe: Thank you and I’m sorry

Anyone who has gone to a USF football game with me or has talked to me about USF’s football team knows I am not a fan of Matt Grothe and have been one of the fans begging for a quarterback switch. But I never wanted what happened on Saturday to happen to Grothe; no one deserves such luck. If you don’t know what I am talking about, Grothe tore his ACL during the game on Saturday which probably means the end of his football career. He has started since he was a true freshman and has brought our football program to new heights and has helped our school get national recognition. Whether you want to admit it or not, football is what gets your schools name known around the nation and Grothe certainly had a big hand with putting USF on the map.

Anyone who has watched a USF game knows that Grothe always played his heart out and always did everything he could do to make the play. No one can deny that, and it was because of how hard he played the game and how he always gave everything he had that Grothe finishes with 10,875 offensive yard – the most in Big East history. Ever. That is an accomplishment. Whatever you want to say about the guy as a quarterback, whether you thought he was slow or made bad decisions at times he is in Big East history.

So even though I was never a fan of Matt Grothe, I want to tell Grothe thank you for doing everything he did for our school and giving us national recognition and I also want him to know that I am sorry. I’m sorry his career had to end so aburptly and under so unfortunate circumstances.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ex-NFL player, Kyle Turley, wondering if it was worth it???

Kyle Turley, a retired All-Pro NFL lineman, is wondering if playing in the league and going through all of his head injuries were worth it and he is not the only player wondering the same thing. NFL players put their bodies through  a lot to play in the league. One of the injuries that has most people talkint about is the concussion. A lot of players like Turley encounter multiple concussions in their careers and about half of them don’t realize the long-term effects concussions can have on their lives after football.

Turley hasn’t played for about a year and a half and is now starting to show symptoms of a horrible degenerative neurological condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Last month Turley collapsed at night club and passed out for a few minutes. He was rushed to the hospital and remembers being concious while experiencing a seizure and not being able to talk. That was a month ago and Turley is still experiencing migraines and dizzy spells.

The thing is, Turley never even thought he would be having head-trauma related issues because he never realized how serious concussions were. It is believe that about 50 percent of players concussions go unreported and that is ridiculous in my opinion especially since we are starting to realize how serious these injuries can be. Turley is considering looking into sueing the NFL for inadequate medical care during his playing career. If he believes he has the proof, he should without a doubt go after the people responsible for his bad medical advice. Even if he does not win the case, I believe Turley needs to cause a stir so more people become aware of this issue and make the NFL take care of their players after their careers.

Everyone thinks playing in the NFL is awesome, but is it really? Turley is just one example of retired players experiencing head-trauma injuries and I don’t think enough people realize how serious it is. The NFL are starting to have meetings and conferences about the subject but I believe they need to move faster. They need to improve helmets and they need to imporve medical testing on the players who substain head injuries. I hope as you read this that you become more aware and maybe talk about it with someone because this is a serious matter, which I feel most people don’t know about.

If you want to read more about Turley you can click here. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-thegameface091809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So this is blogging…hmmm….

So…I’m not exactly sure how this blog is going to workout. I haven’t hopped on the blogging bandwagon since I never really knew what to blog about; however, everyone is saying I need too. In general, I hope the readers of my blog get something out of my postings, whether it is an entertaining post or a thinker post. There will be something here for everyone; I guarantee it. For my first entry though,  I’m going to keep it simple and just talk about myself, so you guys know something about me and get a feel for where I will be coming from. Most importantly I don’t want you thinking I am just a pompous jackass, who expects everyone to read my blog simply because I am writing one.

I am currently a senior public relations student at the University of South Florida. I was born and raised in Miami, but I decided I needed to live and learn outside of Miami because if anyone is from Miami, they know it’s like its own little country. I didn’t want to be arrogant and not know what it is like outside of Miami. After high school, I went to Florida State University in Tallahasse, but after two years there I decided the little college town was not for me and chose to transfer to USF;  I couldn’t be happier here. I’ll admit I chose public relations as my major with a very little understanding of what it truly was. Since coming to USF I have obtained priceless experience in the field and I love it. I am currently the director of marketing for the USF chapter of Public Relation Student Society of America. I have also interned at the Museum of Science & Industry, where I gained experience writing news releases, assembling media kits and updating social media websites among other duties. I am about to start a community relations internship with the Tampa Bay Lightning and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work with a professional sports team since a professional sports team is where I would llove to work in the future.

Other than that I am a pretty laid back guy, who doesn’t get stressed easily. I love not only watching sports but also playing them. Sarcastic is a word some people might choose to describe me, so if you sense a sarcastic tone to my writing in the future, it probably is sarcasm.

This blogging thing doesn’t seem to be as hard as I once perceived it in the past, so hopefully you guys follow me and enjoy what you read and give some feedback.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments