This week’s sentence to finish is “You want to know what I think of social media? I think…” and if you choose to join in with your response, make sure to go link up so everyone can read what you think about social media!
You want to know what I think of social media?
I think that, for the most part, it’s an amazingly powerful tool that I have not been using to its’ full potential. I have a Facebook fan page, a Twitter account, a Google+ page, and a lot of Pinterest boards. I use Tumblr and StumbleUpon, YouTube, Reddit and LinkedIn. Some of these I’m more adept at than others. Some I just don’t get.
I’ve been posting a quote a day on my Facebook fan page, and I am really enjoying that, not just because I love looking for obscure and meaningful quotes, but also because other people love quotes as much as I do, and it brings about great engagement and conversation when one quote speaks to several people at the right time. I don’t post too many personal details on my FB fan page, because I don’t want to bug my followers, and I figure they can always read the blog for the personal stuff. It’s not like I’m holding much back here, y’know?
Facebook frustrates me a bit though. I used to just post my blog links and go on my way. Now FB won’t show updates with links to all of my fans, so I have to post a picture with the link, or post a catchy something to make someone want to read the post and then stick the link in the comments. It’s a sticky and slightly more time-consuming way of reaching my Facebook followers, and a bad call on Facebook’s part, in my opinion.
Twitter… I love to read twitter, but I have a little trouble actively engaging people there. I post links… not only mine, but great blog posts and articles of interest that I find in my daily perusing of the Internet, but I have trouble coming up with the witty one-liners that draw people in the retweeting and favoriting. In person, I think I’m pretty funny… sarcastic, a little bawdy. I don’t translate well to Twitter, so except for the odd conversation that I jump into the middle of, I probably seem pretty out of touch on Twitter. I’m reading you, Twitter, but you bring out my social anxiety.
I’m getting better at Google+. I’ve been invited to several communities and found great conversations and people there. I’m still learning the ropes, but I can see G+ becoming bigger than Facebook, one of these days.
Pinterest… I love Pinterest. I spent far too much of my day searching and clicking and repinning and coming up with new boards. Oh, and reorganizing my old boards. I think Pinterest is the bee’s knees, and while I wish my stuff was pinned a little more, I am still very much enjoying my time there. Now if I could just get my source page fixed — it only shows one pin from my page, but I can assure you that there have been many many more than that – Pinterest Help Center is supposed to get back to me on this one.
The other social media outlets don’t get as much use from me as they could. I do love StumbleUpon, but rarely have time to just stumble from page to page across the Internet. My Tumblr page is automatically updated with my blog posts, but that’s honestly about as much attention as I give it. I have not finished setting up my LinkedIn account yet… and I really should do that. I use YouTube to look at music videos. I can’t bring myself to vlog yet, though it’s on my to-do list. Reddit… I set up an account so I could follow my little brother, but the whole layout confuses me, so I haven’t done anything with it.
I really could do much better with social media, and I plan to work on this, as soon as I finish making the (seemingly endless) updates to the SEO that disappeared from every single page in my blog when I switched from Blogger to WordPress.
In the meantime, if you’re not following me already on social media, I’d love it if you would. Although I can’t promise not to be an awkward Twitter conversationalist when you talk to me, I will try not to embarrass either of us in front of our other followers. So what do you think? Can we be friends?