Social Media Basics, Week #1
Perhaps the most exciting part of social media, next to learning, is the aspect of experimenting. Diving in, connecting with people across multiple websites, creating user profiles, and sharing interesting data are all examples of simple social media experiments. There are also examples involving more concentrated efforts by individuals and organizations. Your job is to define what it means to participate in social media experiments.
Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts
My basic philosophy on social media has remained the same since I first joined the ranks back in 2006. For me, social media is all one big, happy experiment that gets more and more interesting all the time. Perhaps for that very same reason, I often grow frustrated with the friendships or lack of friendships I encounter – – a clear result of spending too much time with it!
Social media should never replace human relationships. Those who argue about the dumbing down of society often fault the system. The social media system isn’t to blame; it is a great network of communications that can inspire, educate, and entertain, so long as people use it wisely and with time constraints. I encourage you to put fear in the back seat and dive in to this intriguing online world where colorful moments await.
“Last year, (Economist and author Noreena) Hertz carried out an experiment to demonstrate the power of social networks as a tool for better understanding human behavior.” – Stephanie Busari and Monique Rivalland, for CNN
“As an experiment, I tried using social media myself, to build a brand as a book reviewer.” – Blogger known as watermelondreams
Writing Prompt 038
- Step 1: Think about how you use social media.
- Step 2: Think about the social media activities you’ve participated in. Would you classify any of these as small or big experiments?
- Step 3: Define social media experiments based on your opinion, personal experiences, and research. Back up your answers with specific examples.
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About the Author
Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.
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