Back when I bought my first computer (an Apple II+ with cp/m) I was truly an early adapter. You know, one of those semi-obsessed folks who talked computers all the time and had to have the latest gadget.
But that was a long time ago and I’ve been slow to get involved with “social media.” It turns out part of my reasons for letting myself get behind were right; social media can be a total time sink.
I have, however, been venturing out of my semi-Luddite cave. And, like so many new things in life, it turns out that social media not only doesn’t have to be a time sink, it’s a learnable skill.
Take blogging, for example, which may or may not be part of social media, depending on who you ask. There are experts around. Two of my favorites are Yaro Starak who blogs at Entrepreneurs-Journey.com. (He also is a partner at Become A Blogger, a great course on blogging that’s surprisingly affordable.) My other favorite is Darren Rowse of ProBlogger fame. Trying to keep up with either of these experts is nigh on to impossible if you do anything else, but every time I dip in, it’s worth it.
Next for me has come twitter. (You can follow me there at www.twitter.com/AnneWayman.) Twitter is still sort of a mystery to me, but I do get a kick out of writing posts that are 140 characters long – that’s all that’s allowed. Plus, I’ve found some interesting people there I never would of met otherwise. Darren Rowse comes to the rescue again with his Twitter Tips blog.
Facebook remains mostly a mystery to me. I’ve joined a couple of writing groups, connected with my own kids there (I figure extra connections with kids is always good.) But that’s about it. I’m sure there are blogs or sites that will help me sort that out too, when I’m ready, which isn’t today! And probably not tomorrow. Maybe next week.
Oh, and then there all all these buttons to Digg, Stumble, and more at the bottom of each post. I think the idea is you’re supposed to click on them if you like them and help make me popular. Sigh.
How do you use social media?
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