Seven Quick Takes Friday

Seven Quick Takes Friday

Social Media Edition

My quick takes on social media – the good, the bad, and the unexplained. You can find and follow me on any of the platforms below.

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Facebook

Facebook was my first foray into social media circa 2008. I joined it solely for my own pleasure without an inkling of what a social media platform was or why one would want one. It remains my favorite social medium. Without character limits and the flexibility of text, photo, video, and sharing, I connect more and better with people on Facebook than anywhere else. I could do without the number of memes and cat photos clogging my newsfeed – and the fact that it constantly reverts to “top stories,” but it’s still my go-to application.

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Twitter

I don’t think I’ll ever love Twitter. I tried it once and quit. I didn’t “get” it. Then I tried it again and stuck with it. It’s an interesting way to broadcast to a large, diverse audience but often feels like I’m just tossing thoughts and images into the ether. What I do love? The challenge of working with 144-characters, smart and funny trends (“Make a movie Jamaican”), and checking in after major, live events such as championship games or new episodes of “The Walking Dead.” (If you don’t “get” Twitter and want to, I recommend Katharine Grubb’s Conquering Twitter in 10 Minutes A Day for only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle.)

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Pinterest

I like Pinterest best for recipes and for organizing ideas, blog posts, and photos on a variety of topics. It’s perfect for craft, costume, and organization ideas. I don’t see much traction in getting my own posts pinned, but it’s a great visual medium.

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Instagram

I only recently joined Instagram when I upgraded from a flip phone to an iPhone. Like Pinterest, the image takes precedence here. While sharing is cumbersome, it also limits the number of times I have to see an inspirational quote repeated. I think I’ve just scratched the surface of this one.

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LinkedIn

I’ve been on LinkedIn almost as long as Pinterest. I don’t spend much time there, but that may be because I’ve been out of the workforce for so long. Useful in spurts, but not somewhere I can ever see myself hanging out.

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Google+

Someone please tell me the value of Google+. Other than the fact that it’s a Google product and a presence there aids in search engine optimization (SEO), I’m not getting it. I like the clean layout, but while I know lots of people with accounts, I don’t know of anyone particularly active on there. If you love Google+, enlighten me, please.

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YouTube

I’m growing to like YouTube more and more and am eager to master producing better quality videos. Having studied broadcast journalism, I feel like I at least have an inkling about video creation. Now, if only I could get used to watching myself on video . . . And while we’re on the topic of video, I want to give a nod to Periscope. Despite the fact that my first experience there was spotting a title about pooping, I think it’s an interesting format. Perfect for live events or getting an informal, man-on-the street perspective, I’m intrigued by it.

What is your favorite or least favorite social medium? Why?

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22 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday

  1. There are so many social media options. It’s overwhelming. I like Facebook best because I can keep in touch with distant friends and relatives who are on there. I don’t like promoting on it, though, because I don’t want to constantly “sell” to my family and friends. However, I assume they like to know what I’m up to, so I do post about my books now and then.

    I feel the same way you do about Twitter, and I go through cycles, tweeting for a couple of days, forgetting Twitter exists for a week or so, and tweeting for a day or two again. Which reminds me…

    And I also like making book trailers and posting them on YouTube. That there is fun! I need to make one for my next book. Can’t wait!

  2. There are so many social media options. It’s overwhelming. I like Facebook best because I can keep in touch with distant friends and relatives who are on there. I don’t like promoting on it, though, because I don’t want to constantly “sell” to my family and friends. However, I assume they like to know what I’m up to, so I do post about my books now and then.

    I feel the same way you do about Twitter, and I go through cycles, tweeting for a couple of days, forgetting Twitter exists for a week or so, and tweeting for a day or two again. Which reminds me…

    And I also like making book trailers and posting them on YouTube. That there is fun! I need to make one for my next book. Can’t wait!

  3. I can’t believe I’m on so many platforms! I just re-upped with LinkedIn and have yet to use it effectively. Google+? I joined years ago because a good friend left FB, but she’s never active on Google+. (And they’re an Android family!!)

    If you’re looking to learn about video production or refresh your memory on it, Vimeo actually has a whole series of videos about how to make interesting, cool-looking videos. My husband loves to watch them, though we lack the equipment and computing power to do anything like that.

  4. I can’t believe I’m on so many platforms! I just re-upped with LinkedIn and have yet to use it effectively. Google+? I joined years ago because a good friend left FB, but she’s never active on Google+. (And they’re an Android family!!)

    If you’re looking to learn about video production or refresh your memory on it, Vimeo actually has a whole series of videos about how to make interesting, cool-looking videos. My husband loves to watch them, though we lack the equipment and computing power to do anything like that.

  5. I love the cartoon at the top! I personally am only on Pinterest, and I find that useful just to get ideas for recipes or decorating or kids’ birthday parties. My blog is on FB and twitter but that’s it. I’ve been tempted to get a personal FB account but I think I will hold off for longer because I know I would spend too much time on it.

  6. I love the cartoon at the top! I personally am only on Pinterest, and I find that useful just to get ideas for recipes or decorating or kids’ birthday parties. My blog is on FB and twitter but that’s it. I’ve been tempted to get a personal FB account but I think I will hold off for longer because I know I would spend too much time on it.

  7. By far, Twitter is my favorite. I think it’s because it feels like a word game to me: can I make my thoughts fit the character limit? In high school I was headline editor for the school paper and Twitter brings it all right back (but the counting is easier).

  8. By far, Twitter is my favorite. I think it’s because it feels like a word game to me: can I make my thoughts fit the character limit? In high school I was headline editor for the school paper and Twitter brings it all right back (but the counting is easier).

  9. Someone told me about “tweetdeck”; it’s helped me get used to twitter a little more. You can see posts & schedule posts. You can put in a key word & only see those posts that pertain to that word. Best thing: it’s on your pc/laptop! 🙂
    I LOVE instagram…it’s my #1 right now!
    Visiting from my first SQT!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I haven’t used tweetdeck – may have tried it once – but I use Hootsuite, and I find that helpful, too. I can easily read posts from the custom lists I created. It gives it a slightly more intimate feel.

  10. Someone told me about “tweetdeck”; it’s helped me get used to twitter a little more. You can see posts & schedule posts. You can put in a key word & only see those posts that pertain to that word. Best thing: it’s on your pc/laptop! 🙂
    I LOVE instagram…it’s my #1 right now!
    Visiting from my first SQT!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I haven’t used tweetdeck – may have tried it once – but I use Hootsuite, and I find that helpful, too. I can easily read posts from the custom lists I created. It gives it a slightly more intimate feel.

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