Body is a Wonderland

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.

Kristen Bachmeier
Kristen Bachmeier
Kristen Bachmeier is Atilus' Director of Operations and helps to oversee all client accounts and day-to-day operations. Additionally, Kristen has worked in digital marketing for 5+ years and has helped create digital marketing plans for hundreds of clients.

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  • Meaghan McCann
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    You each make valid points.  I think for people to get the most out of social networking they need a solid understanding of what’s out there and what it can do for them.  They need to choose wisely the groups to participate in so time is spent efficiently.  Facebook can be messy.  I use it to find friends, I don’t send gifts or respond to every invitation.  Who’s got time for that?
    The body as a whole is exciting. Yes, there is room for so many.  As there are different individual needs and interests, the variety of sites offers a bit of freedom.  If one can find a site that fits, it almost becomes a second home.

  • Brad Shorr
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    Like you Zach, I was into LinkedIn and Facebook. Seemed too time consuming, so I dropped Facebook. It’s hard to imagine how people can find the time to really participate in several social networks.

  • Scott Clark
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    My name is not Meaghan, but i would like to answer that questions, as well, Zach. I think there is plenty of room for the current volume of social media networks and there is room for so much more.

    There will always be a way and a need for sites to become more and more niche. The needs, desires, and concerns of the mass public are always changing and new ideas and such are always formulating.

    I firmly believe that social media networks are not keeping up with the demands of the mass public… even if the public doesn’t yet realize it.

    Sometimes the mass public doesn’t know what they want until you tell them.  wink

  • Zach K.
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    Great post Meaghan – what do you think about the body as a whole? Social networks are running rampant. Is there room for so many different social networks?
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