It seems like everyone is jumping on the social media bandwagon. Whether it be your toothpaste brand, the local shop that serves your favorite brand of coffee, or your grandmother, social media is becoming more and more prevalent.
So, just what is this “Social Media thing” all about? If you feel like one of the few who haven’t given in because it’s all so overwhelming, read further for a brief and easily digestible breakdown of some of the most used social media platforms for personal use.
Twitter- A network that is updated in real-time. It allows individuals and entities to share information with each other within a 140 character “tweet” or direct message. You may share multimedia via tweets so video and photographs may exchanged. Even if you don’t tweet personally, it is a great way to stay updated with the news, conversations, opinions and ideas that interest you.
Facebook-A social network which allows individuals, businesses and organizations to connect with one another, and share interests and information. The heart of the Facebook network is the profile. It contains information about the individual or entity and allows them to share and post text, documents, photographs and videos. It also allows the user to see and interact with what others are sharing.
Pinterest- Pinterest is a virtual pin board allowing users to post and organize visual ideas, thoughts and interests or preferred web pages all in one place. It is also a fun way to explore what others are doing or to obtain ideas and inspiration on a topic you find interesting. My fitness board has helped me on more than one occasion to make that unwanted trip to the gym.
Foursquare-*(Requires a smart phone.) A geo-location service application that may be installed on a smart phone which turns “checking-in” to various locations a social and fun interaction between you and your friends. In addition to sharing and obtaining points on a leader board and competing with your friends, you may also obtain personalized recommendations and deals based upon your tastes and the places you frequent.
LinkedIn-A professionally oriented social network which allows users to profile their professional experience, credentials and abilities to network and connect with others. It is also a helpful resource for those looking for job opportunities or looking to make a career switch.
Instagram-*(Requires a smart phone.) A free, fast and fun way to share your photographs with your friends and those you choose to connect with or follow. Instagram has a large variety of filters to transform the look and feel of your photograph. It’s also easy to share photographs with Instagram across other networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
What other social media platforms do you enjoy for personal use that are not mentioned above?