SOCIAL MEDIA and YOU

 

 

Social Media and You


What is Social Media? Well, I’m glad you asked…

“Social media” is a phrase you hear often these days. But what does it mean? It’s a term that can be difficult to accurately define. A good place to start is by contrasting social media with traditional media

Traditional Media versus Social Media

Traditional media is a one-way street: you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television, but there is limited ability for readers, listeners or viewers to respond with their thoughts, comments and opinions. Social media, on the other hand, is a two-way street that gives the consumers of information the ability to have a conversation with the media source and with each other.

A well-designed media source, such as a website, not only publishes information, but also provides its visitors and subscribers a way to respond to the information and interact in real time with others who are consuming the information.

I started a blog “The Choice Driven Life” in 2010 and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy communicating and interacting with my subscribers. During the past two years my blog has been fine-tuned and I continue to seek more and better ways to have conversations with those who follow me. I believe that the best way to elevate the quality of my followers experience is to incorporate social media. I have been making connections on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn for a while now and want to take social media to the next level.

So, I am thrilled to have the opportunity this coming weekend to attend the Social Boom Conference, hosted by Kim Garst, and featuring recognized social media experts Gary Vaynerchuk, and Nathan Latka to name a few. It will also be a great treat for me to meet all my online social media business buddies in person.

The Social Boom Conference will cover all social media platforms such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. There will also be experts presenting how to write, publish and market a book, as well as, many other social media topics. And I have purposely chosen to align myself with these experts in order to bring greater social media expertise to my “The Choice Driven Life” site and to the clients of  this blog: OlgaHermans.com

Why Social Media now?

Social media is here to stay. Whether or not we’re on board, interactive technologies such as Facebook and Twitter (among others) are already revolutionizing the way people work, interact, communicate, and minister to one another.

Churches and ministries increasingly use these technologies to communicate with their members, supporters, and website guests. Not only is it a way for them to connect with their followers, but it is also a way for followers to connect with each other. It’s the new way to communicate with others—across the room and across the world.

You have already used social media if you have done any of the following:
- sent or received a text from your cell phone
- left a comment on a blog
- updated your Facebook status
- posted a comment on Twitter
- participated in an online webinar
- encouraged a friend or family member through Facebook or Twitter
- made an online donation to your church or any other organization

I invite you to connect with me today on these 5 important Social Media Platforms:

Connect with me on Facebook
Facebook is a huge popular social networking site that allows us to make connections, share interests, and join groups. It is a place to communicate with friends and family, share photographs and is also a great tool for your business.

Connect with me on Twitter
Twitter is often called a social network or a micro blogging service, but it’s really just a lightning fast instant messaging machine. At its core, Twitter is about sending and receiving group messages. The messages are limited to 140 characters and they are called tweets.

Connect with me on Pinterest
This hot new social media site is s all about images. Pinterest is a visual bookmarking website that allows you to “pin” images and videos that you find online. These images are saved or shared with others by placing the “pins” on virtual pinboards.

Connect with me on Google+
If you’re familiar with Facebook and how it works, you’ll soon recognize that Google+ Stream is very similar to the Facebook Wall. It is a centralized dashboard where all the people that you are connected to, along with the content that they share, can be shared, liked and commented on.

Connect with me on LinkedIn
LinkedIN is a social network geared toward business. LinkedIn is very popular with those who are seeking work or trying to build their network of contacts in order to reach out to employers and like-minded individuals.

The Final Word

I strongly believe that the choice is not “whether” we implement social media. It’s how well we implement social media. The time has come for all of us to learn more about how to use these emerging platforms to engage with our followers and subscribers and connect them with one another. Come join me. We’ll have fun!

 

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  1. Great post Olga! You are right that social media is here to stay. Congrats and best of luck with your new venture!
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  2. Thanks for a great article Olga… it’s so true that social media is here to stay ;) . Good for you for getting a chance to hook up with your on-line buddies in-person – it makes a great difference!
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  3. Absolutely correct. Social Media is NOT going away. In fact, I would say it`s not even reached it’s peaks yet. Great post Olga! x0x

  4. Olga, you’ve been faithful on social media for quite some time, and you definitely do it right! I’m excited to see your new launch here… it’s beautiful!!!

    God bless you and your newest venture :)
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  5. Wonderful site Olga. I wish you lots of success! I’ve only recently started to appreciate the power of social media and as you say, it’s not whether we use social median but how well we use it.
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  6. I like how you make a list of “you have already used social media if”.. It sort of takes the intimidation of social media away and gives you a better understanding.

  7. Great post Olga! Social media is not going away anytime soon!
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  8. I also believe that there is so much more in store for us concerning social media.

  9. Lorii Abela says:

    I agree with you Olga. With its continuous growth, social media is here to stay. Thanks for sharing a great article!
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  10. Thank you Olga for this post and I totally agree with you – social media is here to stay! :)
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  11. Up until 2 years ago, I had no idea what social media was! It has changed my life. I look forward to meeting you perhaps this weekend!
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  12. Sherie says:

    Olga, just love this new focus on social media and your design is awesome! You’re right…social media is here to stay!
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  13. Olga, this is an awesome post !!! Social media change my way of life and sent me to pklaces I would have never been without it! Thank you so much for reminding me! I talk to my family more than I would have other wise..;)
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  14. Great post, Olga! I loved ” the choice is not “whether” we implement social media. It’s how well we implement social media.” This is so true. We all need to be involved in social media however there are strategies that can develop strong relationships that go far into the future. Thanks!
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  15. Kerry Postel says:

    Great post and so true! I always said I would never tweet and never do pinterest! Never say never!!

  16. Excited for your new venture Olga. I’m sure with your guidance from Kim Garst and others you will be very helpful to many. Social media is here to boom even more.
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  17. My favorite line in this article is “I strongly believe that the choice is not “whether” we implement social media. It’s how well we implement social media”. Thank you for the elementary explanation of social media, even an aging baby-boomer can understand it.
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  18. Social media intimidated me at first. I never thought I could reach and become friends with so many people! I love it!
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  19. Jennifer says:

    Great comparison between social media and traditional media Olga. You are so right in saying that social media is here to stay. It’s becoming more a part of business and life every day. It was so great meeting you this past weekend Olga, you are a valuable part of my social media experience!
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  20. Excited about the incorporation of social media and looking forward to seeing this grow! It was great to see you this past weekend at the event. =)
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