Social Media Networks

The social media networks that I use most often are Facebook (daily), Pinterest (weekly), Twitter (monthly/sporadically; mostly look at tweets versus post my own tweets). And of course, just signed up for my first blog on WordPress and for a Flickr account. I use Facebook to share photos, view photos, interact with favorite brands and score special deals and coupons, keep up with family and friends (with 40 first cousins just on one side of my family – that can be a challenge 🙂 I use Pinterest to organize my online interests (recipes, favorite quotes, favorite geeky stuff, etc.). Pinterest is also a huge time-waster – I can kill hours on Pinterest and still feel like I’ve accomplished something, even though its only virtually. Twitter is the social media I try to use in the most professional manner – sharing articles that pertain to my career field (higher ed marketing) and following thought leaders in my industry. I also use Twitter to follow my favorite authors and comedians. For me, the most interesting thing about social media is how fast it spread and was adopted. Even though I am at the beginning of the Millennial generation (born 1982), I didn’t even have an email address until I was a senior in high school (2000), and can remember the slowness of Netscape, using an electric typewriter and doing paste-up on my high school newspaper. Now, I carry the internet in my pocket on my phone and can stay connected to hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances with the push of an icon. One area I like to research is mobile marketing and social media – how can businesses use this powerful tool to reach consumers and be part of their social experience.

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