@RileyCalwell

Trends in the World of Business

Businesses everywhere are changing to make everything exactly what the customer wants and more importantly needs. On Mashable I found an article called “The Force Is Strong With These Star Wars Flash Drives” by Christine Erickson. This article is gearing up for the Christmas season already. We all know that when Halloween is over its time to get ready for Christmas, and the articles on Mashable are already showing that. This is all about how businesses are not only making things that do what you want them to now, but they are trendy and what you want them to look like too. These flash drives are made into the characters from the famous Star Wars movies. This just shows how businesses are changing. In the past people just looked for something that worked, nobody cared what a floppy disk looked like when we used those, but now that USB drives are being used there are all sorts of shapes and sizes so that you can get whatever you want or need, whether that be large storage or R2D2 sticking out of your computer. http://mashable.com/2012/11/04/star-wars-flash-drives/

I found that Social Media Explorer was more professional the Mashable. It has more detailed articles with better information. In the article “The Economics of Bad Outreach” it tells all about the do’s and don’ts of outreach for a business. Mark Smiciklas gives all sorts of information about how you should organize your outreach. You have to be careful when using social media because if you have too many emails and letters going out, it begins to look like spam mail. You have to be more careful and advertise more like a human. So instead of having mass emails and letters going out it is becoming more normal for businesses to create blogs, twitter accounts and facebook pages. This lets the customers come to you and makes it seem less like it is just a computer sending out mass spam messages. This is less annoying for the customers and you look more professional. http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-marketing/the-economics-of-bad-outreach/

“Facebook Admits Too Much Facebook Probably Isn’t Healthy” by Josh Constine, is the name of the article I picked on TechCrunch. This news site is focussed on the technology side of social media (who would have thought with a name like TechCrunch). This article is all about relating Facebook to a birthday cake, in the way that Facebook is good in moderation, but too much can be addicting and is not healthy. There are some people that cannot go without their social media. It talks about it in this article and i have seen it firsthand. Teenagers in this modern day with smartphones and computers can’t help but browse all sorts of web content. I have been at parties where there is a full house and everyone is having fun then you see someone sitting on a sofa or in a corner somewhere by themselves on their phone just browsing through Facebook and Twitter endlessly. It is more than just something to do with time, it has turned into an addiction that affects many people no matter how old they are or what they do. http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/04/facebook-addiction/

In conclusion, looking through all of these sites, there is a lot of things going on in the world of business and the world of Social media. Not all of these are good things, but there is more positive than negative i believe. Businesses need to learn how to use all of these tools effectively so that they can reach their customers in a way that will keep them coming back and not turn them off. I would not usually use these sites but they would be good for a business to keep tabs on.

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