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The ME in Social Media

April 19, 2009
My social media evolution

My social media evolution

I started my involvement in social media way back in junior high with AOL Instant Messenger spending hours after school IMing friends and crushes that I had just spent literally 7 hours with and apparently had a lot more to say. I then graduated to my first blog with Livejournal in high school to write about my dance competitions and spring break adventures for my friends (aka my dance team members and fellow spring breakers). Facebook came in college and peaked my social media interest with all of its applications and abilities. A way to connect with high school friends and college friends AND post pictures?? I’m there.

As my interest for the communication industry grew, so did my involvement in social media. A lot of people see social media as completely overwhelming and often ask me where to start. My advice: Just try! It’s been my experience that as I start experimenting with one site, it often leads me to another, each being very different and beneficial in their own ways. You have to figure out what you want out of the social media world and go from there. Here is my breakdown of the major hitters for beginners:
1. Facebook: “the connector” the largest social network available in the US. Fairly easy to use as a way to connect with friends and family. It was originally created for college students, but is now accessible to any user with an email address. Not recommended for work-related connections as it can be a breeding ground for very personal, very “not work-friendly” content through pictures, videos, wall posts and applications. Businesses are beginning to jump on board creating “groups”, which are company pages facebook members can become fans of as a form of social media advertising.

2. Myspace: “the anything goes” site. You can create a profile and connect to people you know and people you don’t know, which has caused to be quite controversial due to the unfortunate online creepers. Virtually anything and everything has been seen or advertised on myspace: pictures, videos, artwork, music, comedy, poetry movies, etc. You have the ability to express your creativity in creating your own custom background skin, automatic music selection and overall feel of your profile. Also not recommended for work use because of the potential vulgarity.
3. LinkedIn: “the professional developer” Use this site to connect with coworkers, bosses, clients, industry workers and future employers. You can virtually display your resume, personal recommendations and professional connections for your work community. Great for getting a job or keeping up with current industry topics and discussions. I highly recommend joining specific LinkedIn groups which can range in topics from city, hobby or industry. Each group will send you conversation updates directly to your email allowing you to read up on or interact with people to discuss topics relevant to you and your job market.
4. Twitter: “the social butterfly” Use Twitter to create a customized microblog of valuable information and thoughts gathered from people all over the world. Accumulate “followers” by “tweeting” interesting pictures, links, videos, quotes or just plain thoughts in 140 characters or less andgain exposure in the twitter community. Useful as advertising for local businesses or the average housewife who wants to know what Ashton Kutcher is doing at all times of the day. Can be very time consuming, however, probably one of the simpliest forms of social media to use.

If you are new to social media, try it- you may find it easier and more rewarding than you think. Once you get the hang of it, you can branch out more and more to what peaks your interests both professional and personally. Good luck!


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