As I’m Irish, I’m used to hearing about Ryanair in the news on a frequent basis, whether its Michael O’ Leary ruffling a few feathers in Europe or hearing about some ridiculous cost saving venture like charging customers to use the toilets. Love them or hate them it can’t be denied that they run a very profitable low cost model and will get you from A to B cheaply, and mostly on time (cue the famous on time music).
I was genuinely surprised this week to learn that Ryanair has finally joined twitter, and no they are not charging us to follow them. Unfortunately they won’t be answering customer queries or dealing with complaints citing the fact that they can’t reply to the over 80 million passengers a year that they carry. So by the looks of it Ryanair aren’t softening in their approach to customer service, and are just embracing a new media channel from which to generate PR for the company.
It’s still early days, but it will be interesting to see how interactive the Ryanair account will be and how will they utilise social media to enhance their PR machine. I think they are definitely worth a follow as you can expect some colourful and interesting tweets.
This is short film featured at the Short Cuts Canada Festival 2013 in which we see the life of a typical teenager named Noah being played out on his computer screen. I think that this film gives a great insight into how the digital age has transformed the way we communicate and interact with each other in our daily lives. I am a member of this Millennial generation commonly refereed to as the Digital Natives, although I am a few years older than Noah, and I am lucky to remember the days of dial up connections, Nokia 3310s and Snake. This short film is definitely worth a watch, and makes you think how we will be communicating into the future.
I spend some of my spare time browsing the internet for interesting videos that tell a story or are visually and creatively stunning. I recently came across this gem of a video called Choice during one of those browsing sessions. This video which is visual poetry at its best, was created by Gnarly Bay and brings the viewer along the four week journey across South Africa and Mozambique that Gnarly experienced with his girlfriend in May 2013. This video goes beyond simply showcasing these particular countries which are beautiful in their own right, but rather pulls at the heart strings of the viewer through the accompanying poem which shares Gnarly’s thoughts and reflections during this trip, in which he asked his girlfriend to marry him.
This video is truly uplifting, creative, introspective and well worth a watch.
So for my first Blog post I decided to reflect on my recent graduation. Graduating from College is one of those great milestones in life and the sense of achievement after four years of hard work cannot be underestimated. Walking up to receive that piece of paper signals the end of one journey in life but at the same time it represents the beginning of a new journey. This fact was highlighted at my recent graduation ceremony when the President addressed the audience, acknowledging our investment over the last four years while also reminding us that this is only the first step towards finding our path in life. By just taking a few moments to reflect on this thought, you might feel nervous,apprehensive and a tinge of excitement. The new journey that awaits the class of 2013 is full of unknowns but also countless possibilities. Personally I am excited about this new journey that awaits, I have recently began the dreaded job hunt and although the job market is highly competitive I try to remain positive in the knowledge that an opportunity will come my way. To conclude I would just say embrace this new journey, be ambitious, be confident and be willing to take risks.