As you may know, I’m not the most savvy social media person. Not even close. But hey – I’m learning, even though it occasionally makes my head hurt. Sometimes I just feel like I’m drowning. I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information out there. Blogs, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and a bazillion other things I’ve never heard of but am “supposed” to be on. I’m going to take this week and next to share what I’m “on” so far when it comes to social media , hoping you’ll join the discussion and share what YOU enjoy participating in and why it’s important to you.
Facebook – an obvious first choice. I know many people who can’t get through the day without numerous check-ins on FB. I’m not so sure I need to know someone’s every move, thought, idea or meal, but that’s just me. It’s fun to see photos, hear news, celebrate birthdays and big events. It’s good to know when someone needs prayer or help. I’m on FB several times a week, but I’ve been told I need to have a solid, consistent presence. What I’m not sure about is the why behind that idea.
Questions for you: What purpose does Facebook serve in your life? Have you used it to further your career? What are some creative things you’ve done or run across on Facebook?
Twitter – Okay, I’ll admit it out loud. Twitter scares me. I don’t get it. While I’m crafting a tweet, there will be 15 new tweets. Before I hit Send on my tweet, 20 more pop up. I start getting a little twitchy at that point. I’m supposed to read all of them???
Questions for you: How do you use Twitter? And why do you use Twitter?? How often do you tweet? What do you tweet about? Suggestions for me?
Pinterest – I’m sorta into Pinterest. I’ve seen lots of people who are REALLY into Pinterest. I think it’s kind of a cool idea, but I’m not sure what to do with it. I pin things and I see what other people pin but…I’m not sure what else there is to it other than pinning, repinning, and looking at other people’s pins.
Questions for you: Why do you use Pinterest? How do you use it? Does it serve a purpose other than sharing your interests and seeing what other people are interested in?
Thanks for your ideas, comments and suggestions. I’m trying to understand all this stuff – what it is, why I need it, what it’s good for. Hearing how it works (or doesn’t work) for you will help all of us as we continue treading water in the ocean of social media.
Next week I want to talk about websites, Goodreads, blogging, and what else is out there that you enjoy.