The body is a wonderland! I mean the body of social networking sites available for so many applications. There’s Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, My Space, Classmates, Flickr, and even Amazon. You can share files, pictures, stories and information. You can buy and sell things. You can talk about what you’ve bought or sold. I am a prime example that you are never too old or too late to join in the game.
After spending years in customer service and sales I realized – I really didn’t like people – in that context anyway. So, I jumped ship and decided to spend time with my computer and I’ve actually started to like people again. It’s a different relationship, one where I’m not a punching bag and I don’t have to smile all the time. Social media is a complex and intimidating game, like trying D&D for the first time (that’s Dungeons and Dragons). I log into a site and have to swim around to figure out which way’s up. And I’m a relatively seasoned internet user. The issue these days is if you’re not involved in at least three of the social networking vehicles then you’re really missing the boat. These are a great means to staying connected to friends and colleagues or re-kindling relationships with old contacts i.e., people I like. Not to mention the job opportunities that can come from the incredible networking. If you’re in sales this is a fantastic medium to find warm leads. Forget cold calling, that always gave me the heebie geebies. Love a product you bought for your kids? Post a comment to start a discussion. Hate a product? Do the same thing.
So far I’m into Facebook for my personal use and LinkedIn for professional use. I can’t bring myself to Twitter because I don’t think I’m that interesting, but I think that’s next.
The body of social media is a never ending Wonderland. Whether you blog about your area of interest, swap pics of your kids, refer a friend for a job opening or just stand back and observe how it all works, you’ll always be connected to someone somewhere about something.