Friday, September 2, 2011

What is Social Media to you?

Social Media – just what is it? According to my dictionary, ‘social’ is considered an attribute. It is ‘of or relating to rank and status in society.’ It is also ‘relating to or designed for activities in which people meet each other for pleasure.’ ‘Media’ is actually the plural form of ‘medium’ – I didn’t know that – it’s increasingly more familiar usage is in reference to television, radio, newspapers and the internet – generally regarded collectively. So, taken together, social media could be people getting together via the internet either for pleasure or to attain rank and status.

Now that we have analyzed the definition of ‘social media’, what exactly does it mean? I’m on Facebook and as of today I have 789 friends. Granted a goodly number of them are friends because I play a couple games and having Facebook friends make some aspects easier. Regardless of why they are friends I always welcome new friends into my corner of the world. It is my hope that they will take a look at my profile, and then maybe they will dig a little deeper and take a look at my fan page.

Now, I do things every day in an effort to keep some aspect of my writing visible (hopefully I’m not spamming everybody’s wall – if I am, no one has told me so), but that’s not all I do. I try very hard to be sociable. I scroll down my main wall in an effort to keep up with everyone. I am also a member of several blogging groups and I browse through them too, all at least once a day and sometimes twice.

I am also on Twitter. I confess, though I go to Twitter every day, it’s only to advertise, though I do keep track of any mentions and answer any messages, if I get any. If any of my tweets get re-tweeted, I make sure to say thanks. I mean, good manners, especially on line, are very important. I spend a little more time there during the winter. There’s #FollowFriday and #WriterWednesday, and I really should participate. It’s part of being social.

I also have three blogs, this one, my blog novel, and one about my personal life, where I hungrily await any comments.

I also belong to a few other writing groups. Throughout all of this, it is my greatest hope to make real friends, or at least as real as the internet will allow. I like to think I live by the Golden Rule. I do to, and for, others as I would like to be done to, or for, me. Oh sure, I'd like to 'improve my rank and status' in our society, but I see that as a byproduct of making friends.

I love to write, and I’ve combed the internet in an effort to become a better writer. I know the struggle to get a story onto the ‘paper’ on your computer. I’m more than willing to share what I’ve learned, or my interpretation of it all. I’ll happily direct you to a source upon asking, but I’ve a list here to the right, and on my website, I happily give credit to whoever for whatever tip I’ve listed.

Something I like to say all the time is ‘There’s no such thing as a dumb question.’ Never be afraid to ask me anything. I’ll tell you what I know and I’ll also tell you if I don’t know, then I’ll try to find the answer. After all, if you don’t ask questions, how are you going to learn?

This is how I define and use ‘social media’. What do you do?

8 comments:

Mattias Kroon said...

I want to be social and appreciate you as a friend and a talented author.Have a nice week! Keep in touch!

Anna L. Walls said...

Aw, that's sweet, Mattias. You are and always will be one of my greatest online friends.

BornStoryteller said...

It's a bit of a change of the word social to me, in that we're not meeting people but words. True, a number do eventually meet up or skype, but...it's a weird thing.

I am not 100% sold on "social media" even though I know it's here to stay and will morph as time goes on.

fortysomethingfirsttimemum said...

I love love love social media. It has been a fantastic means for me to 'meet' with all types of people. Through Facebook and my blog I have communicated with other fortysomething first time mums. I learn so much through it every day. I am on Twitter but still don't quite get it! Enjoyed your post.

JIM said...

I really enjoy the social media community.. It is a great way to make our world smaller and to learn about other people. Good column



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Ryann Castro said...

Social media for me is getting out of the ordinary and meet people from all walks of life in a meeting place called the internet. It's a planet and a neighborhood rolled into one, where the only difference between here and there is the letter "T"...i mean just the key strokes. Have a nice day Anna. Be well.

writewhatuknow said...

I like social media for the same reasons. It's great to meet people from the Netherlands or Ghana that I may not have had the chance to meet otherwise. It certainly has broadened my view of the world. Sometimes I find it easier to be myself here because I have time to consider what words I choose than when I am offline.

Anna L. Walls said...

And here is the greatest example of social media. All you wonderful people come from all over to read and comment on my article. Thanks for stopping by.