Happy Saturday Ladies!
This weekend, I wanted to take a break from makeup talk and instead talk about social media because its all related to blogging and being online these days. Oh don’t go so quickly! I’m not exactly your serious social media evangelist, I promise. I’m learning and about as clueless as some of you might be (although if you are reading my blog right here, I doubt you’re all THAT clueless 😉 )
Social Media is pretty much the sharing of information online through various networks where you build communities and talk amongst each other. It could be used for anything – sharing information about sales, warning people about dangerous places, sharing a good place to eat, sharing a new find… possibilities are endless and limited only to your interests.
Are you active on any social media platforms?
I’m most active on Twitter where you can find me @paris_b (don’t forget the underscore or you get someone else 😛 ). You might notice that its a personal Twitter account and not blog based, so I use it both as a personal chat/rant platform and to share blog/beauty info. I love chatting on Twitter so look me up if you have an account there or share your Twitter handle below if you’d like others to follow you too 🙂 Having a smartphone just made Tweeting a billion times quicker and easier and hence my increase in chattiness there 😛
I also have a Facebook Fan Page but its strictly for MWS stuff. I never took to Facebook on a personal basis. I rather disliked everything about it – the whole connectivity thing and blasts from the past was too unnerving. Not a fan.
And blogging! Blogging is also a social media activity. We get the word out there and we share stuff so I’m pretty active here too – as most of you can attest 🙂
What’s your favourite social media platform?
You know mine – Twitter. Too darned chatty some times if you ask me 😛 But I’ve “met” many lovely people on Twitter who are very helpful and pleasant and very friendly and I also like the interactivity on there. (Need info on traffic jams or what’s happening around town? Twitter’s your best place to go!) I do think you get to “know” someone a little better on Twitter and it always feels more personal chatting there than on Facebook. No I really don’t like Facebook much 😛 I guess I should rank my blog #1 and then Twitter LOL!
Are you taking to Google+?
Are you saying “What? What’s that?” Yeah, so am I 😛 But I asked for an invitation anyway 😛
I am however rather taking to Google+ which appears to be a Facebook-Twitter hybrid, but its still quite quiet as far as I’m concerned. I don’t have much interactivity there, mainly because everyone on my Google Plus account is already on Twitter 😛 But I may start posting there too because of how its integrated with Gmail and GReader – my thoughts that are longer than 140 characters because I’m opinionated that way 😀 If you have a Google Plus account find me – Paris B MWS or go to my G+ Profile. I would probably be more active once the mobile apps start rolling out (RIM and Blackberry, are you listening??) If you’d like an invite, say so and I’ll send you one – you need a Google account or preferably a Gmail account to make things easier 🙂
Do you participate in Social Media activities? Comment, “like”, “+1”, “Tweet”?
Did you know just by commenting here, you’re already participating in a social media activity? Cool eh? Bet you didn’t realise it 😀 But how about spreading the word – do you ReTweet a link or a post you like? Perhaps “like” or share it on Facebook? Or in the newly implemented Google fashion, +1 it? You may notice that websites and blogs these days have many ways of enabling you to share info with others in your community. By way of example, see the buttons after this post.
It builds connectivity, bloggers will love you and new readers will love you too for sharing something you love with them so go on – tweet, share, like and +1 🙂 I do it when I can. Share the love and all… As an aside, I noticed a couple of regulars who chat amongst yourselves in the comments – would you enjoy having a random weekly post here that allows you to chat away as you like amongst yourselves? 😉 Incidentally, I love all your tips you’ve shared on fighting acne in this post – you all rock! 😀
Do you think there’s too much sharing out there with Social Media?
I say yes there is. Its why I’m not on Foursquare and never will be. I don’t get the point of telling the world where you are (especially people who check in at banks <- asking for trouble). However, there are many ways of ensuring your privacy and reduce oversharing of information. Facebook and Google+ have various privacy options and I like how Google+ allows you to share certain things only with certain people. Twitter allows you to privatise your account. So personally I don’t think there’s anything to fear from social media – you just have to know how to control it and not let it control you 🙂
- Are you active on any social media platforms?
- What’s your favourite social media platform?
- Are you taking to Google Plus?
- Do you participate in Social Media activities? Comment, “like”, “+1”, “Tweet”?
- Do you think there’s too much sharing out there with Social Media?
I hope you enjoyed this little diversion. If you have any other comments to add, please do and you may consider this an open forum. I didn’t take to social media at the beginning. I was on Twitter from the early days in 2007 but it was only in the past 2 years that I really got active, mostly due to the smartphone and mobile apps that allow you to share on the go.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Social Media and how you use it. Or how you think we could be a little bit more interactive. Other than the usual suspects, what other social media platforms are you active on? And if you’re minded, drop by on any of my active Social Media profiles and say hi! 😀
Enjoy your weekend!