.... when it comes to "social media," that is? Do you do Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Google +, Linked In, Klout....... Phew! I'm sure I missed a lot! Seems social media is everywhere....
For those of us who grew up before the dawn of the Facebook era (in fact, back before there even existed personal computers, way before there were computers in almost every home, and way way back before you could carry one around in your pocket...), this online living can seem like a cold, impersonal, inauthentic way of life. The digital world that my kids take for granted and as first nature for them often seems like an odd after-thought for me. While I do a lot of social media for my business, I feel I should do more but I often forget to. If I am enjoying a beautiful sunset or a delicious meal, I usually forget to take a photo. (It's good to enjoy the moment!!) Or if I do remember, I don't want to miss the moment by taking the photo and then having to upload it, so I just skip it (the photo that is- not the delicious meal....)
So I am just curious as to how everyone feels about social media? I am sure there will be a broad range of opinions. Of course, if you are reading this, it means that you do know how to turn on a computer and get on the interwebs, and there are still many who cannot do even that! So congratulations- you are pretty technologically savvy in my book!
And social media keeps changing so fast! Just when I get something figured out, something new comes along for me to learn- I always feel like I'm a step (or 2 or 10) behind...
Take, for example, Facebook- they keep changing it. I have such a hard time figuring out how it works (thank goodness that my children are ages 17 and 22- perfect for helping me through it...)
And I don't like the Timeline that they instituted last year, I find it hard to read.
And did you know that just because you "like" a page- that doesn't mean that you will see all- or even ANY- of the posts from that page on your feed? That's because Facebook tries to figure out what are the most popular posts AND what YOU are most interested in. So here is the dilemma for someone who is using Facebook for their business (like I do)- the more popular your posts are, the more people will see them, so the more popular they will be, so the more people will see them.... Of course this also works in reverse- if your posts aren't popular, no one will see them, which really kills your chances of them being popular, so no one will see them. See what I mean? Frustrating.
So if you have Facebook pages that you "like" [including mine, hopefully :)] and don't want to miss their posts, you have a couple of options. One is just make sure that you frequently interact with the posts from that page. If you "like," "comment," or "share" posts from a particular page frequently, Facebook will know that you are interested in that page and keep showing you their posts. Another thing you can do, which most people don't know about, is set your notifications so that you get a notification whenever that page posts something. To do this, go to the page and hover over the "Liked" button:
When you hover over it, there will be a box that comes up and the first option will be "Get Notifications"- click it. When there is a check mark next to "Get Notifications" that means that you will be notified every time that page posts something. Very easy- once you know how to do it! Of course, you can also turn off the notifications any time, if you want to.
In future posts, I will talk about what I think of some other platforms like Pinterest (hint- love!), Twitter, and Instagram.
So now we come to the question portion of today's post: What are your favorite Social Media platforms? Why do you like them and what do you use them for (business, keeping in touch with friends, inspiration, discussion about topics important to you, etc.)
Are there any platforms that you've tried but just don't like?
Or, do you pretty much shun social media and just stick to the blogs?
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