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Explores the emergence of Web-based social media tools and their increasing role in the world of business. Social media tools are highly important in communication, organizational marketing, self-branding and business networking. Although the first use of social media tools has been personal, business is now taking significant advantage of these tools for gathering customer input, informal research and development, product marketing and the development of consumer communities. Students will learn the tools and techniques of social networking and social media use through research and applications of tools such as corporate and individual weblogs, podcasting, video, Wikis and proprietary social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2015