I’ve been relatively consumed by social media this last month.
You know. More than usual.
Tons of events have kicked off that allow for mass tweeting and events that have allowed for posting of things to the Facebook page. A couple of things here and there to Instagram. I love it.
Many thanks to the Sabres season re-emerging in late January, which gave us ardent Buffalo hockey fans a reason to tweet incessantly on varying weekday and weekend nights. A tip of the hat to a particularly great Superbowl (including my favorite Half Time Show to date and an unfortunate lighting scenario). The Oscars gave us all something to tweet, retweet, and favorite. And I used Twitter mostly to garner more ideas on what movies to watch. (I’m still half way through Schindler’s List. I might have to reconvene for that one wayyyy down the line). Lindy Ruff’s canning. The passing of the Senate version of VAWA. VAWA talks. And my usual barrage of issues in Indian Country, feminism, and the occasional picture of my cats.
Not to mention that I’ve been in this class about Digital Media. Now digital media is about way more than Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and all those other fun stuff… but we do talk about them quite frequently.
And those in the class were give the nudge to join any of the social media platforms not previously on, in order to get the feel for it.
Some are hesitant. Some aren’t really about sharing their life story with the great depths of the interwebs.
Even at almost 20K tweets myself, I understand that you don’t want to do that. And to be honest, you don’t have to.
I’m a natural extrovert that’s actually pretty tired from the demands of every day. I wouldn’t be terribly comfortable just going home and lounging around though. I LOVE dedicating some of my time to connecting with other people online and I’m so grateful for social media. I can do that while lounging in my yoga pants and drinking tea/wine (depending on the day).
And you don’t have to connect about your personal life! Social media is pretty awesome.
Here’s some tips on how to use social media, especially if you still want your everyday particulars to remain yours.
- Have fun with it! Sounds simple enough, no? It’s true. You can find people who are up-to-date and knowledgeable about ALL things-insert-your-hobby-interest-industry-here. They LOVE
tryingto influence people who want to know more about their topic. And rarely do people on Twitter outright try to sell to you, especially if they aren’t a brand. (Brands might, but that’s what they’re there for – and chances are you’re only following them if you already love them. If they’re doing social media right, they aren’t outright selling.)
- No seriously, have fun with it. There are awesome accounts that do nothing but make funny jokes, talk about facts, prompt questions, sends inspirational quotes, or just mocks things you like (or detest). These accounts require no real interaction and it could put a smile on your face at the most needed of times.
- Customer Service. From big to small, companies are paying attention to what people are saying online. If you’ve got an issue, you’re more likely to get some awesome attentive service. Companies are getting the hint… other people see what negative things you have to say about them, and they want to fix it! I’ve had some awesome customer service via Twitter. I’ve had some bad customer service via Twitter. And both times, I also dealt with their offline customer service… and they’re a reflection of each other.
- Contests. If you’re a fan of contests and getting the opportunity to win things, you can do this on Twitter and Facebook! I’ve won City Dining Cards on Twitter with a simple “follow” and “retweet” and now I have a Buy One Get One Drink ticket at a lot of local participating restaurants in Buffalo. I’ve never won a contest on Facebook, but those are pretty popular, too. I’ve known people to win trips, concert tickets, and dinners. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
- Know what’s up. SO many world, regional, and local information tends to break first on sites like Twitter because it is so real-time. News producers and assignment editors are following certain Twitter feeds to make sure they’re in line to get the newest scoop. If you’re a nosey one like I am, this is a major appeal!
There’s tons of other reasons why social media is so much fun but what would be the fun in telling you? Go out and find out why it’s fun for you.
Unless you like living under rocks. Or knowing everything after everyone else. Or being disconnected from the world. No judgements here.
Sometimes I wish I could throw my iPhone to the wind (metaphorically, of course), and just trail the mountains completely isolated from my technology-laden life. But… just not forever.
I’ve got tons of stuff to tweet and share and blog. Some fun. Some engaging. Some just to motivate myself (if I say I’m going to the gym, I better get my ass to the gym to workout so I don’t look lazy even though NO ONE CARES if I do. I still have to now). Some informative. Some completely irrelevant to the greater scheme of human existence.
I’m no expert in social media, don’t call me a guru! Social media platforms change all the time, and so rapidly, how could anyone be? But here’s my final bit of advice.
Enjoy it! We crave connectivity in one form or another. Take advantage of it.