The World at Your Fingertips Through Social Media

The World at Your Fingertips Through Social Media

160Social Media has taken over as a method for getting noticed. How can you limit who sees you or is that a dumb idea?

If you are marketing you books, why would you want to limit who sees you unless you are thinking about your personal profile rather than your public figure profile.

Facebook makes it easy to have privacy settings on your personal page. You can limit what the world sees and what you share. Even with privacy settings, your friends could share your information without you knowing about it. Although this may work in the short term, just remember that whatever you post stays almost forever, so post only items that build your reputation and don’t damage it.

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The Relevance of Facebook To Your Life

The Relevance of Facebook To Your Life

159Our social media accounts serve as one of the best ways for us to communicate by sharing or exchanging our thoughts not only with our family members, friends, and colleagues but also with the world – thanks to the internet. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook give us updates on what is happening with our world through news and current affairs. They can give us information on food, health and medicine, Science and Technology, History, Geography, etc. We also get firsthand information from people who we look up to – movie actors and actresses, sports icons, singers, authors, and many others. However, let’s talk more about Facebook – this is where we do most of the intercommunication.

At least 80% of the people I know (including myself) are on Facebook. We check our news feeds almost every now and then, depending on our situation, needs, or free time. Based on my personal experience, observation and other people’s reactions, oftentimes the things we see are not that pleasing or entertaining. They are usually annoying and can make us unhappy. There is an enormous amount of posts that could bother us but let’s just focus on what we witness day in and day out.

Here are examples of what we commonly see in our news feeds:

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Start Your Social Life Online

Start Your Social Life Online

Offline and Online opposition. Concept 3D illustration.

It is very exciting to start a blog and have a few of your social networking friends visit here and there. It is even more exciting when friends of friends start reading your work as well. It just feels good to be setup on social networking websites and having fun creating content that others read. Now you are ready for another form of socializing online, forums. Forums are one of the oldest forms of socializing online, and still one of the most important. You may have already participated on a forum, but now we will are going to work on creating a strong presence and expertise that it will build a solid base of followers who look up to you. These followers will also be very interested in your extended thoughts on your blog.

This article is going to cover the reasons why starting your social life online with forum posting is another important aspect. I will include how using forums can build expertise and bring more traffic to your blog. If you have ever thought what is a good way to find a bunch of people who are interested in the things you are, NOW is the time to start participating in forums.

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The Streamlined Mind – Organizing Your Social Life

The Streamlined Mind – Organizing Your Social Life

157Do ever feel like life would be a whole lot less stressful if it weren’t for all the other people?

We all feel like this from time to time – and especially when life is getting on top of us and we don’t have the time, energy or money to devote to our friends.

So how do you go about organizing your social life and staying on top of all those things you need to do?

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Social Media While in Retirement

Social Media While in Retirement

156Retirement is made so much more enjoyable with the advent of social media. There are some retirees who will dispute this thought primarily because they have misgivings about the use and benefits obtained from social media. Frankly, most retirees don’t know how they can benefit from social media.

What is social media
Social media encompasses web-based and mobile technologies for social interaction. Many retirees that I speak with believe this is primarily social networking. However, social networking sites are just one element of social media. There are currently six different categories of social media: collaborative projects (e.g., Wikipedia), blogs and microblogs (e.g., WordPress, Twitter), content communities (e.g., YouTube), social networking sites (e.g., Facebook), virtual game worlds (e.g. Social Life), and social markets (e.g. Groupon). These categories will continue to evolve as new forms of collaboration is introduced.

So how do these six social media categories relate to retirement? Knowing a little about each category provides some direction:

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