Questions for Techie Moms? What is Social Media?

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Since starting the Mom Squad, I have so enjoyed introducing my friends to the world of blogging, Twitter and other techie-type things! One of my friends just says I’m a geek, but… well, OK I am.  But it occurred to me that we may be able to write short posts answering questions about social media and how tech can enrich your life.

First, I guess we should start with the definition of Social Media!  According to Wikipedia:

Social media are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. Businesses also refer to social media as user-generated content (UGC) or consumer-generated media (CGM).iblog-button-1

Basically, it is any communication created by many users, as they interact and share their stories. For example, the High Country Mom Squad: Mom Squad contributors write articles, and anyone is free to join in and develop the conversation through comments. Other social media examples include, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.

See those nifty little symbols at the top right of the page?  Those are the Mom Squad’s Social Media tools:

rssThis orange one means an RSS Feed.  This is a subscription that can be received in a “reader” or by Email

twitterTwitter, considered micro-blogging, is a way to stay connected in 140 characters or less.  You can receive “tweets” on your computer, or your mobile phone.  My Twitter name is RealLifeSarah

facebookMost of us are familiar with Facebook.  Did you know we have a fan page?  Click here to visit.

On blogs, especially, comments are highly valued by the author, and a sign that a post resonates with the audience. So don’t be shy in leaving comments on blogs!  Even short ones are awesome!

Now, how do you get a picture to show up next to your comments like some of us have here on the Mom Squad? Simply go to www.gravatar.com, and register your email address.  After you receive the confirmation email, go and upload your picture. Don’t worry, Gravatar is a widely used and respected service, and they won’t spam or sell your information.

What other questions do you have about moms, tech, and social media? I’ll try to answer them in future articles..

About Sarah


Sarah Pinnix is a blogger, vlogger, new media marketing coach, and mom of three. Sarah began blogging in 2007 with Family Life & Faith blog Real Life Blog. She lives near Boone and works a social media specialist for a Non-Profit.


Comments

  1. So do you blog, tweet, facebook? Share it with us, so we can visit you.

  2. Currently I am running a site called Launch Your Project, which is all about helping people get the word out about their own website.

    I have done 90% of my marketing for this site through Twitter, by talking to people that are tweeting about new websites/blogs/projects.

    I actually found out about this blog post through Twitter (thanks @RealLifeSarah)!

    I actually will go to http://search.twitter.com and look for keywords that I think may be useful to helping me find new people that would be interested in my website and who are trying to get the word out.

    Typically though, the best leads I have gotten were not directly from following people on Twitter, it was from actually talking to them about their project and about my site.

    Twitter is a super useful tool, but like anything else, you have to use it correctly. My suggestion is to actually talk with people and try to never come off as robotic. The second that people think you are just a spammer is the second they ignore you.

    I will continue to follow this thread if you have questions. Also, feel free to come to my site and post about your project for free!

  3. I have two blogs, a personal and a niche, http://www.beautifulblogdesigns.blogspot.com. I have my Twitter pics posted on both. Tweeting has helped connect me with other bloggers and in getting the word out about a post I am tickled with.

    I was on Facebook first and keep that more for family, local and business friends. I haven’t started a fan page at FB, and I don’t think I want to. I would rather keep that separate and private (not that someone couldn’t piece it together and find me).

  4. I blog at Diary of an Unlikely Housewife, which is also on Facebook (as am I, of course :-)).

    I’m also pretty active on Twitter, and I have a “side project” cooking blog, Unlikely Housewife in the Kitchen.

    I tweet because I enjoy it, not necessarily to get my blog known – I consider that kind of a bonus 🙂

    I use Facebook mostly to connect with friends, old and new, and that eventually started to include bloggers. I love blogging, and I love Twitter by extension. Facebook is just a way to keep in touch with people, I don’t love it nearly as much – probably because I have a lot of people on there who know me in real life and for some reason that compels me to apply some kind of censorship on myself, which I don’t so much on my blog or on Twitter.

  5. Facebook has connected me with a variety of old friends that I never thought I would see again – it is so much fun to watch them and their families grow! And it can be a great vehicle for professional networking if used the right way!

    Add me, moms! Amy Locke Forrester

  6. Twitter has become my primary social media platform in recent months. I find that if you can manage to move from just using it to market yourself to actually having conversations the power of Twitter really starts to demonstrate itself.

    The key with Twitter is to avoid following all the people out there that have no intention of really interacting, but just want to market their product/service/website. That’s why I don’t automatically follow someone that follows me.

    I use Facebook too, but I find that it can be information overload at times.

    I’ve also been blogging for a few years and I find that it’s still one of the best ways to find community online.

    BTW, I notice that most commenters here don’t use Gravatar. Gravatar is AWESOME. It’s used just about everywhere now, the avatar pic is tied to an email address. This means that just about everywhere that you comment using that email address your pic will show. This takes the “social” in “social media” to another level. Face-to-a-name is really important. Everyone should go sign up, like Sarah said. More people will follow a face as opposed to a faceless (and therefore less real) username.