Although social networking sites are becoming increasingly popular, there are still an abundance of people who are unfamiliar with these tools. There has been a recent uproar about the use of the word “tweet”, and a new debate on whether the word is appropriate to use in other outlets besides on-line. This debate has in some ways separated tech-savvy people from others.
This article explains the dynamics of each social networking site in detail and informs readers of why it may or may not benefit everyone. Facebook, the most popular of the sites, began as an electronic version of a college student directory, which displays names and photographs. It has grown into a billion-dollar industry that allows people to connect with one another and share things like news stories and photographs.
LinkedIn is similar to Facebook; however, it is geared more towards professionals and people looking to network in a professional environment. People can connect with potential employers and get advice on improving résumés. Twitter is at the forefront of “micro-blogging”, which allows people to share their thoughts with 140 characters or less. It is a great tool to share news and other links that one finds online.
Social media is a wonderful and useful tool not only for individuals but also for businesses. In addition to the LifeBound website, we also have a Facebook and twitter page, and we are constantly updating our pages with news articles, updates on our newest books, and tips for success. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lifebound or follow us on twitter through www.twitter.com/lifebound and www.twitter.com/caroljcarter.
For Those Facebook Left Behind
By DAVID POGUE
July 7, 2010
Last month, the standards editor at The New York Times wrote a memo that shocked — shocked! — bloggers everywhere. He asked Times writers to avoid using the word “tweet” (as in, “to say something on Twitter”).
“We don’t want to seem Paleolithic,” he wrote. “But we favor established usage and ordinary words over the latest jargon or buzzwords.”
That the Internet’s reaction was so swift and harsh only proves the point: the techno-savvy population can’t even conceive of the existence of a less savvy crowd. If you use jargon every day, you can’t imagine that millions of people have no idea what you’re talking about.
To read the full article: www.nytimes.com