Oh, the wonders of technology. A few years ago, the term “Social Media” wasn’t even invented. Now, it is a household term, used by anyone who has been online for any period of time. I know for a fact that it attracts a lot of new Internet users, as they discover social media websites are an excellent way to keep in touch with friends and family members, no matter where they are. Got a sister, brother, cousin, etc. in Korea? No problem, not even a long distance phone call. Just jump online and chat away.
I can remember a time several years ago, when I first moved about sixty miles from home. My Mom hates long distance phone charges with a passion, so we purchased CB radio equipment and communicated like that. (Come to think of it, do you suppose that was an early version of Social Media?) Now, it is much simpler and easier. Just connect on Facebook or MySpace or even Twitter. You can even use Yahoo or AIM Instant Messenger to talk in real time, with or without your web cam.
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I began using Social Media after I started this blog, using it as a tool to promote my writing. If you’re a newbie in blogging and are challenged in writing posts, you may appreciate some assistance from Article Writing
Services. The most productive of tool I have used to date has to be StumbleUpon, as the majority of the visits the blog receives comes from there. I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts and as the blog articles are published there as well, they also produce blog traffic. I have met a lot of new people from all three mediums, so I consider them all a success. My Facebook account is mostly filled with friends from high school and friends that I have met online. Some of my family is there as well. Twitter is a different story altogether.
Twitter is the social media tool that allows users to send messages to a network; messages of 140 characters or less. If urls are included in that, you can run out of space rather quickly, so most users will use a url shortener. My use of Twitter has been limited, but I did find it exciting to use as the election results came in from Massachusetts last night. It reminded me of a very large instant messaging network and as you can imagine, it was quite busy last night. Twitter also has a problem with running out of capacity. As of this writing, the network is unavailable because of capacity problems.
Since I started this blog nearly three years ago, I have met some very interesting and unique individuals. People like One Mom and Dominique, Matt Keegan and Dr. Bruce, Wickle and Muskogee Politico. Looking back in retrospect, I suppose you could say the blog has become my social media of preference, as I can trace those friends and others back to this blog. There is also Mike, who coauthors on the blog. The seven I have mentioned are by no means all of the people I have met through this blog, as there are many more on my blog roll. Even though we may not always agree on the issues, I enjoy interacting with them all.
As the tweets are flying back and forth, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and because of that, I was reminded of something. As I said, the main reason I use social media tools is to promote my blog. I write these articles for two reasons. First of all, I enjoy writing, even though it gets tedious at times. It is how I express myself and let my viewpoints be made known. Second, I am trying to do a service, in my own small way, of keeping up with the current events and the news of the day. As much as I enjoyed tweeting on Twitter last night, I had to make the decision at some point to stop the tweets and to start writing the article about the election results. The writing has to come first. If I lose sight of that and let the social media take my writing time, then what purpose has the social media served? The two may go hand in hand, but they are not equal partners.