This week, we meet Ashley, our current intern; a big music fan who is training to run a marathon at the moment.
Hi Ashley, what is your role at I Say! Digital?
I’m the intern. It’s only my first month but I’m dipping my toe in a lot of areas. At the moment I’m writing a lot of blogs and articles for our clients hoping my inquisitive style can draw traffic to their respected sites.
What social media networks do you use? What’s your favourite?
Twitter and Facebook. At the moment Twitter is my favourite as it allows me to keep up to date with what is currently happening in the music scene and current affairs, whether that be on a local or national basis, new bands, old bands etc. At the same time as well, Twitter allows me to keep in touch with friends from around the globe.
My routine with social media tends to surround my commuting to and from University/Work and general breaks I have in my day.
Is there anything about social media you don’t like?
With Facebook I feel at times your privacy is no longer your own. Obviously your settings can be changed to control who sees what, but sometimes this isn’t enough for me.
Why is social media important to you?
Being on the move so much, it allows me to keep up to date with current affairs, career opportunities, and plain and simply see how my friends are doing back in the North.
Why did you want to make social media a career?
With the industry still being in its earliest days I feel this is the chance to jump into a field with so much growing potential. In the past five years we have seen how social media has crept into everyone’s life from “liking” a celeb on Facebook to following a discussion on Twitter using the hashtag feature. Just look at how many people now use Facebook; even my technophobe Mum has her own account now.
How do you see social media changing in the future?
As we can already see now more and more organisations are using social media to promote their organisation and product, I think this will continue and expand. Even educational institutes are using Social Media to advertise and educate their own students. I think this will allow further avenues into the training of an organisation’s staff on how to make the most of Social Media. I believe video blogging/graphics will take a stronger hold within Social Media, leading to users getting involved in a more interactive way.