Our marketing dude, Zach, talked in a previous post about using social media as a business tool… But what about your average Joe or Jane Schmo? According to Zach, there are over a hundred social media sites to choose from. I’ve personally probably only heard of maybe a dozen, give or take.
I don’t participate on everything I know about either—that’d just be too much, especially for an introvert like me. But I have to say, for an introvert, social media is a safer (in more ways than one) and less exhausting way of meeting new friends and interacting with people. Generally speaking, you can connect with others who are interested in the same things as you, be it music or art or literature or gardening or whatever, and you can control your level of participation or not participate at all if don’t want to for any reason.
You can also pick and choose what platforms you utilize for different purposes. For example, I use Facebook as a way of keeping in touch with my family who is scattered across the country as well as with a few old and dear family friends and selected others. I also use it for the latest news on my random obsessions, like the BBC’s Sherlock or Harry Potter. Most of my friends are aspiring or published authors and almost all of them use Facebook as a way to network and connect with readers. I had to unfriend them all because keeping up with that much inflow was too much work.
In addition to Facebook, I keep a blog. I generally post three times a week about what’s going on my life. Originally, it kept my mother up-to-date (before I connected with her on Facebook) but I’ve developed a tiny following (2 or 3 people that I know personally) who find my ramblings interesting or amusing or, every now and again, a bit philosophical. It’s also a sort of high level diary of my life for the last seven years. What I was interested in, what was going on in our lives.
There are a couple of other platforms I utilize, some more than others and for specific purposes. Above all, social media from a lay person’s perspective should be fun. If it’s not fun, why do it?
What about you?
What platform do like the most?