By Molly Brown
People in my generation are supposed to be “the experts” on social media and anything with technology, and I thought I was…but little did I know, social media can be used for a lot more than just posting pictures with my friends or following my favorite celebrities. Here is what my thought process has been as I learn about how to use social media to its full potential.
LinkedIn – “You should get a LinkedIn to help you create a network to help you find jobs,” my mom told me. “Umm, okay,” I replied. But I’m thinking: What in the world is Linked in? Do these people really want to know that I lifeguarded for 5 years? How in the world do you reach the all-star level? Who am I supposed to “connect” with?
Vine – Maybe I should have hopped on this one a little bit sooner. But why on earth are my friends spending hour upon hour watching six-second videos of animals and little kids? And why are they so funny?
Tumblr – Is this like the hipster version of Pinterest? I just want to look at pictures. Do I have to create my own artsy blog?
Google Plus – Okay, so I have a G-mail account and when GoogleDocs was created I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Now, you can blog on Google? I’m confused.
The sites I thought I knew….
Facebook – Why is this picture from 7th grade coming up on my timeline? How to I create a Facebook “page”? Why are these ads playing by themselves?
Twitter – Why can’t I perfect my follower to following ratio? Did you know you could participate in live chats on Twitter? I sure didn’t.
Wish me luck on my journey of learning all there is to know about social media for my future in Public Relations. And to think… I thought I knew it all…
Here are some links to help you stay in the know about social media. There is a lot to learn. Good luck!
- 21 social media tips you’ll wish you’d known sooner http://bzfd.it/1xhtGpf
- Social media simplified http://bit.ly/1xc6wqA
- Beginners guide to twitter http://bit.ly/1IEGHQn
Know what? Molly Brown may be reached on Twitter at @Mollzz94