Social media is everywhere. It is everywhere.
20 years ago, there was an increase in the number of households purchasing PC’s. This encouraged more people to use the internet. There were then PC’s for every member of the household. SmartPhones are now being purchased by an ever-growing number of people. They can almost perform all the functions of a standard PC. It is now easier than ever to access the Internet from anywhere. It’s now difficult to find an hour in the day when you can’t access the Internet.
What are people looking at while surfing the Internet? – Social Media.
Everybody is always online, talking to their friends, sharing their lives and learning from others. It happens all day. Social Media never stops.
What is Social Media?
Social Media can be broken down to help define it. Media is a communication tool, such as a newspaper, radio, or television. Social Media is therefore the most popular tool for communication.
This website is Web 2.0. It doesn’t just provide information but interacts with you. These interactions can be as simple and as straightforward as asking you for comments or letting your vote on an article. Flixster can recommend movies to you based upon the ratings of others with similar interests.
Regular media can be viewed as a one-way street. You can only read the newspaper or listen to the report on TV, but you are limited in your ability to express yourself. Social Media on the other hand is a two-way street, which allows you to communicate with others. You can share your thoughts and opinions on any topic and then have them open to discussion with others.
Are Social Media and Social News one and the same thing?
It’s easy to mistake Social Media for Social News, as we frequently refer to news team members as “Social Media”.
“The Media”. We also get confused by the fact that a Social News website is also a Social Media website, as it falls under that larger category.
Social News can be compared to Transport. While a Car is a form of transport, so are Bikes and Boats. Social News, like Social Networking or Wikis, is a type of Social Media.
These are just a few examples of social media websites:
Social bookmarking: Simpy, Delicious, and Blinklist. You can interact with other people by bookmarking websites or searching through sites bookmarked by others.
Social News: Digg. Propeller. Reddit. You can vote for articles and make comments.
Social networking: Facebook, Twitter and Last.FM. Interaction can be done by adding friends, following others, commenting on profiles and joining groups.
YouTube and Flickr allow social photo and video sharing. Interact with other users by sharing photos and videos, or commenting on their submissions.
Wikis: Wikipedia, Wikia Interact by editing and adding articles.
What is it?
Social networking is built on a structure that allows users to express themselves, their opinions, emotions, and thoughts while also meeting others with similar interests. This structure can include profiles, friends, followers, blog posts and widgets, as well as unique features that are often unique to each site. On Facebook, you can “Poke” people and Twitter you can “Retweet” them. You can also share your love on “Bebo” once per day.
Profile: Here you can upload basic information about yourself. You can upload a picture of yourself, tell where you live, what your age is, and answer personality questions. These questions are typically fairly standard, such as “What’s your favorite Film/Book/Colour?”
Friends: There is no doubt that you have friends on social networking sites. Friends are people who are trusted on social networking sites and are permitted to comment on your profile or send private messages. You can keep track of how your friends use Social Networking. For example, when they update their profile or post a new photo. This is how we keep connected.
Social Networking is built on the friendships of friends. Not all Social Networking sites refer to friends as “friends”. On Twitter, they are called “followers”, while on LinkedIn they’re called “connections”.
Groups: Many social networking sites use groups to help you meet people who share your interests. You can also use it to discuss certain topics, such as Global Warming and The Lost Series.
An entire group can be called anything, from “Reepham High School 2008” to “Kittens”, to “One Direction Fans”. Both are a way to share your interests and network with like-minded individuals. They are not always called “Groups” by all Social Networking sites. They are called “Networks” on Facebook, while “Circles” on Google+.
Discussions: A discussion is a primary focus of groups. It allows users to interact with each other through discussion. All discussions are supported by most Social Networking sites, provided they’re relevant. Most sites allow you to add content, such as photos, videos or songs that are related to the topic.
Blogs: Some Social Networking sites will offer blogs. Although they won’t be as extensive or as popular as WordPress and Blogger, they can still be used to keep people informed. It can be a Status, or tweet. There are times when you want to share something fairly long, but don’t have the time or desire to create a full-time blog. The blog feature is a great option.
Widgets are another way to let people know what interests you. A Widget Gallery is a feature that some Social Networking sites offer. You can choose which widgets you like and then post them to your profile. You can take polls or listen to new music. You can even fill out a questionnaire you have created.
Why start social networking?
As I said, social networking is everywhere. Social Networking sites have so many users and there are more people signing up every day. It is the best and most common way to communicate with friends and family, along with texting and phone calls. It is amazing and not only for personal use. Social Networking has helped thousands of businesses thrive. You can build a good reputation and free advertising. It allows you to advertise yourself and provide information about upcoming deals, offers, and other news.
Many of us have hobbies and things we are passionate about, such as books, music, games, sports, or other entertainment. Social networking allows us to connect with others who have similar interests. It is a great way to discover new things. It’s possible to discover that others with similar interests may also like another genre, which will increase your interest. You might discover that someone you share a common interest in the band “Enter Shikari” may also like other bands from a similar genre.
Are I too old for social networking?
Social networking is something you can do at any age. Don’t be afraid to try it if you aren’t familiar with the process. Social networking sites are easy to use and simple to expand their reach. Social Networking is open to all ages. While it is best to not allow children to use Social Networking without parental supervision, you can still sign up.
There are groups that cater to certain generations. These groups could include anything from music from the 60’s to being scared of your computer. You will find other people your age, if not younger than you, who can help with any problems you may be experiencing with Social Networking. Ask your grandchildren or children for their help if you have them. Social networking has become second nature to children these days. They should be able guide you through all that you need.
How can I get started in Social Networking?
Social networking can be just like going to a party or going camping.
You can make it very productive for your career and business, just as attending business seminars or attending a conference. Different people have different experiences with social networking. Each person will have their own benefits, but you won’t know until you try it.
As of September 2012, Facebook was the most popular social network. It has more than 1 Billion users. This includes actors, comedians, musicians, scientists, and athletes. Facebook is also used by businesses. Game, a retailer in the gaming industry, has a Facebook page that is its main one and one for each branch or location. This allows Game to advertise current deals, where you can pre-order items, and to share general news with its friends and followers.
Facebook is not the only social networking site. Many other Social Networking sites cater to general interests, such as MySpace and Google+. There are also those that cater specifically to your interests, such as Flixter, which is a Social Network for Film Lovers.
Which social network is best for me?
Ask yourself the first question: “What am I looking to gain from social networking?”
Do you want to talk about films with someone else? Do you want to keep in touch with your friends and be more connected? Do you want to market your business? Do you want to be famous on the internet? Do you feel unsure?
Whatever the question, think about what you want to gain.
Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace can be a great way to promote your business or build a reputation. LinkedIn and Google+ are great for building business connections and contacts.
There is a fantastic Social Networking site called “Last.FM” for music lovers. This site combines Social Networking and radio stations. It will create playlists for you and suggest music based on your interests and tastes. You can also listen to playlists created by friends. This is especially useful for parties where you need to quickly access a wide range of music.