With all those social media options out there nowadays, do you guys have a preferred method of getting your information out into cyberspace?
It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices out there and some people just have the urge to throw up their hands and say, "I'm done with it!" For others though, social media comes naturally and many feel they couldn't live without it. If you are one of those people, do you prefer to use one social media platform or multiple ones? What platform do you like best and why? Do you have any tips for those struggling in the social media sphere? I look forward to hearing from you :)
For myself I keep all accounts and news feeds in one place, on IGoogle... I don't say it's great, it's only a tool. The problemme is that none of the web platforms above are secure.
That's a good point Rodica. None of them are really secure. I find myself being very careful about what I put on Facebook and Twitter as it can never really be erased. I know you can delete things from your page/feed but it is a well known fact that once you put something on the Internet, it never really goes away. There are always to find it again. That is definitely one of the downsides to social media. On one hand it is a great way to share information and stay connected, but on the other hand you have to be careful about what you say.
This is a very interesting post and I haven't answered it yet, because I was very busy. Anyway, I would like to give you and indirect answer by telling you a history I have heard this week, during the ICD conference in Berlin. It was told by a brilliant Journalist, now working as a Political Analyst in Spain, his name doesn't need an introduction, he is the great Lluis Foix from La Vanguardia. Born in Rocafort de Vallbona in 1943, Lluis experienced history, not only spoke or wrote about it. He knows more than any of the younger journalists of our time, what is good and bad, and he is the kind of man that most of us would like to have as a Guru. What does Mr. Foix has to do with your question? Yesterday, he surprised the audience in Berlin, revealing one of his best known secret: even Spanish politicians follow him on Twitter. He added, that it is the most effective way to get his messages accross, even though he pointed out to the problem of this simple and useful technology: we are becoming a generation of simple and short messages, that do not dare to read a full article and only know the simple truth of a simple Twitter message, and unfortunately most of our readers and politicians, are also taking decisions based on these simple messages, without taking the time to get to know the whole thruth, the whole history!
Considering Lluis wise words , perhaps I will have no choice than to start using twitter more often than I do. Nevertheless, I will strive to read the full history and spread the message about the danger of our short messages.
Thanks for your reply Eliana! Isn't the power of Twitter fascinating? I always find it amazing how easy and quick it is and how in just seconds you can reach a pretty big audience if you want to. It's cool to be able to get information so quickly and to spread it around as well. The downside to Twitter though is the 140 character limit because it sometimes restrains you from saying what you really want to say as well as the fact that if you are not fast enough, your news that you want to share will be considered 'old news' very quickly. Twitter is all about speed and sometimes good content can get lost in the process. I think out of all the social media platforms that I use (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.) I would have to say that Pinterest is quickly becoming my favorite one. It's visual, which makes it fun to look at and you can share photos and words without any restrictions really. It's a great way to disseminate information while at the same time tapping into your creative eye as well. I will be curious to see if it grows to be as big as Twitter or Facebook. So far, it's gaining popularity pretty quickly so I wouldn't be surprised if it keeps on climbing :-)
I though for a long time I was just too old for all this, but after many invitations to one, second, third, fourth and fifth social network realized that's something useful. First just family all over the world, than friends from meetings, later came the awarnes that this networks are a great way to share information.
And now - some are greater for just communicating others to get info. Wouldn't change much, they are just different and that's great. I don't care about safety, btw. It's just keeping in touch, if I need some information that no one else should hear or see, I just call the guy :)
This network is also ok, it just needs more action. That members online section and main room are a very nice touch, btw.
Twiter 140 characters are enough, I think. If you can't elaborate your thought in that limit, you just post it somewhere else. But most powerfull thoughts are that long or shorter. And they make an impact.
Thanks for your comment :-) Just to let you know, the revamp of this community is underway and I am hoping to launch the new platform soon. Hopefully, more interaction will ensue once some new features are put into place.