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Social media and the use thereof

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.

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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.

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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 lastSocial Media 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.

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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.

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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.

About LD Jackson

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LD Jackson has written 2053 posts in this blog.

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

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  • Thank you for the shout out, Larry.

    I use social media as a tool to enhance what I do, not to detract from it. That being said, there are some folks who have cut back or abandoned their blogging in favor of microblogging which is what Twitter is all about.

    No thanks — I invest my time building up my own blogs without losing out to Twitter. I also like visiting other sites on a regular basis including this one…you give me my political fix on some days!

    How about Scott Brown? Woohoo!
    .-= Matt Keegan´s last blog ..I Will Be Back…. =-.

    • Matt,

      As you said, there is not a chance I will abandon Political Realities for Twitter or any other social media. I have invested too much time in it to throw it away.

  • Terry_the_tiger

    Nice article about current social networks!

    I’m always curious if there are any other concepts that may rival the functions of StumbleUpon. I migrated from an online social life mostly associated with a few political discussion forums, Digg and Reddit accounts to hardly ever straying from SU. I got fed up with the political boards being way to narrow in the material, mind sets, means of searching material / other members’ opinions, potential to be banned because of one’s expressed opinions and the most unpleasant business of individuals being downright vicious to one another.

    Once again – my applause for this thread!

  • I loved this post, Larry! 🙂 One of your best in MHO! Wow! I agree totally with you. BTW – Thanks for the shoutout!

    For me social networking has been a big asset not only with my blog, but also in my personal life. As some one who spends most of her time within 4Walls and A View, I have found I am able to link to the outside world through the various social networks and I am so grateful that they exist. They gave me back my life, my ability to connect to other human beings, and to meet interesting and wonderful people like you!

    I think you just gave me an idea for my post for tomorrow!

    Matt – I’m with you on the Scott Brown win! Woo-Hoo is right!
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Refusing to lose at WINNING! =-.

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  • >>What good is social media if it takes away from the writing?<<
    -Larry asked me,
    yet composing our thoughts on your blogs brought to me on a social media outlet IS good writing practice. I can't say the same about "twittering" and texting.

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself, David. Twittering and texting do not allow for the fleshing out of thoughts and ideas. Writing on a blog does.

  • I may have to check out that StumbleUpon stuff… good post!
    .-= MuskogeePolitico´s last blog ..RightOSphere – Coming Soon! =-.

  • Larry – I do know that when you have sent one of my posts to stumbleupon, it soars through the roof with hits. Personally, I still haven’t figured out how to use stumbleupon, but I really should take the time.

    For the most part, twitter seems to be a huge time-waster, except in those rare emergency situations (such as the earthquake in Haiti). Twitter and texting also seem to be contributing to an entire generation’s inability to formulate complete sentences or even to spell.

    Blogging is my preference for all the reasons you gave. Although being back at work now has greatly reduced my time for blogging, I am trying to figure out a way to keep it relevant and functioning.

    Thanks for the shout!
    .-= OneMom´s last blog ..Bye-Bye Andre? =-.

    • Ha, Ha, well said, Kerry. I don’t do so well on Twitter for the reason you outlined. I can’t help but spell things out correctly, without a lot of abbreviations. Besides that, I can get pretty long winded at times, as some of my articles on the blog can attest to.

      StumbleUpon does a great job of getting a particular article out to the rest of the online community.

      Speaking of your blog, I will say this. I miss having you around, so to speak. Your articles always seem to hit home for me. I will be glad when you get it all sorted out and can continue to write your wisdom.

      • Thanks Larry. I am hoping now that are recent move is over and we are getting more settled that I can finally get back in the blogging groove again.
        .-= OneMom´s last blog ..Bye-Bye Andre? =-.

  • You mean I’m not the only long winded person here!? LOL
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..I dream of the day when people will say, “Oh!” =-.

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