They are everywhere nowadays. Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, StumbleUpon, delicious, reddit, Flickr, LinkedIn, YouTube, Digg, Blogger… <out of breath>, and so on. Why? Why this latest craze? Everybody is uploading stuff on Facebook, everyone’s ‘stumbling’ and article, everybody is digging something or tweeting about it.
Social Media: what is it?
The term social media describes media that is posed by the user and can take many different forms. Some types of social media are forums, message boards, blogs, wikis and podcasts. Social media applications include Google, Facebook and YouTube.
Google says its “A category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content. They include social networking sites like LinkedIn or Facebook, social bookmarking sites like Del.icio.us, social news sites like Digg or Reddit, and other sites that are centered on user interaction”
Social Media: The List
- Twitter: One of the best, in my opinion.
- Facebook: Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.
- Stumble Upon
- Google Buzz
and more than I can mention.
Social Media: Why it is networking
The possibilities that lie within these networks are endless. I have driven traffic to my blog (albeit not so much) through Twitter and Facebook plug-ins attached to each post. I have met very cool guys with whom I have exchanged ideas on Twitter, I’ve placed my videos on YouTube so it could be available for everybody to watch and comment on, I’ve had people digg my articles or stumble it because they liked it… Heights that I would never have reached in my small location have been made possible by my use of Networks, esp. Facebook and Twitter.
The fact is this, Social networking is here to stay. It’s so bad that when buying a domain name, I see tiny Facebook, twitter and StumbleUpon logos beside the prices. Its annoying, but effective. My webhost, Siteground, even offers 1 month of free hosting to any customer who can bring them more customers by a single tweet.
I’m sure at least 80% if us in the web world are familiar with social networking, but how many of us put it to good use? Ok, let me give you a few tips:
Guide to putting social networks to good use
- Of course, you must have a website or a blog
- Open a Facebook of twitter account
- Get Plug-ins for social networks for your website or blog
- Attach the code to your website that looks like: ‘follow me on twitter’, ‘become a Facebook Fan’, ‘Digg This article’, ‘Stumble This Article’…and numerous others like you see around…
- By the way, clicking any of the twitter icons will make you follow me on twitter. lol.
- Write Quality articles on your blog so people don’t regret their move to ‘follow you’ and read gibberish.
- Have quality and relevant content on your website if you are going to have plug-ins to aid sales. Remember, social media can make or mar you!
To what end?
Why are you using social media? To bore the life out of us or to achieve an aim? Ok, you want traffic, but is that all? What does having the traffic do if its not converted to sales?
Anything good can be used as well as abused. Take your time, plan your strategy, and become a social media god. By the way, you need to follow me on twitter.