My First Taste of Social Media

Social Media

Before, I’ve always wondered what social media means. I thought it was just a game or something you see and do online. Being an employed with a Social Media company I had to do my own research on what Social Media is. I learned that Social Media is a type of online media that expedites conversation as opposed to traditional media, which delivers content but doesn’t allow readers/viewers/listeners to participate in the creation or development of the content. With the help of our CEO and proper training I have a much better understanding of what Social Media really is.

In my opinion, social media has shot to the forefront of people’s attention because it’s fun. Thanks to social media. it’s easy to share your ideas, photos, videos, likes and dislikes, with the world at large – and find out what they think of them. You can find friends, business contacts and become part of a community or a bunch of different communities. Social media gives you what TV never could – a chance to be engaged and engage others.

I tried to join Facebook. At first, some of Facebook’s features annoyed me. Now I’ve learned how to work around them and don’t get the updates that I don’t want. I’ve tailored it to my needs rather than what facebook would like. The friends I have on facebook are truly friends but all of them so the number isn’t very big but they are the people I want to share information with. I don’t post much personal information.  You need to guard your own privacy.

And now I also a Twitter user.  I used to hate it before because it has only 140 characters to send a message. But now I understand why, technically it was designed as a way to post short messages (140 characters, the limit of SMS messaging that mobile phones use) to update your friends with your current “status”, answer the question, “What are you doing right now?” This would help friends keep in touch. And of course Twitter for me is more like a giant chat room, with the essential difference that instead of seeing the posts of all twitter users, you’re only seeing your friends and other people you’ve chosen to listen to follow. I also see the one side of a conversation the people I know are having with the people I don’t know. When those conversations are interesting, I can join in, and it becomes a way of meeting new people with similar interests and mutual friends. Using twitter is just like a game, you can choose who to follow and not.

With the use of Facebook, Twitter and other social sites now I do much understand the uses and influences of social media.