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Newspaper meet Social Media

Yep, my newspaper is getting in on the social media and I don’t know how I feel about it.

I’ve been on Facebook since I got into college, that’s back when you needed an academic email address to join. Twitter I was more resistant with, but I joined the beginning of 2010.

Now, I’m being forced to sit through two-hour long seminars explaining the in’s and out’s. I can’t help but think its a waste of time.

I am, however, excited that we’re finally jumping on the band wagon. New York Times has been on Twitter since 2007.

What’s challenging is how to use social media. I know how to use both personally (wanna follow me on Twitter? Do it!)

Professionally is a whole other story. I don’t know when to tweet about stories and when to wait.

I try to use Facebook to get sources, but its not always a guarantee. This new world for newspapers confuses and excites.

Anyone thinking about jumping into this world who isn’t well versed in all things social media better hurry. A new wave is coming.

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Going Social

My newspaper is now on Facebook.

Not just a like button, but a secret, social page where every person that works here and at our sister papers can connect to one another.

I’m skeptical.

I like being friends with some of my co-workers, but Facebook is an away from work thing.

I put goofy pictures, whine about work and brag about the stupid things I do. My Facebook page is no place for co-workers.

But it goes beyond that. It’s weird.

It’s weird to see your publisher posting comments and it’s weird to be planning group social events with all the people who you are work friends with.

Work friends are usually not real friends and I, personally, am OK with that.

This new generational thing of everyone being connected and going online, especially to Facebook, is a concept I just don’t grasp — nor do I want to.

I want work me and home me to be two completely separate people. I just don’t know how.

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