Putting together last week’s post “Ten Mistakes Made by Social Media Newbies” was a rewarding experience for me, especially because the article seemed to touch a chord with many of my friends — a lot of whom are resisting the New World of Communication.
Not all of them, though.
Below is a really detailed article comment written by Kimberly Noon, one of my awesome marketing students at SFSU. Her Gen-Y insights added a lot of her own experience to the conversation, and whe agreed to allow me to share her remarks as a Guest Post.
Shari — I love this. I think you’ve nailed everything. As a very experienced Social-Medialite, I think you’ve explained everything so well. A few comments…
Learning the different avenues of social media CAN be super overwhelming. For newbies, they should do exactly what you said. Follow the 4 steps and focus on one element at a time. Learning one (twitter, facebook, etc.) will help you learn the others. For example, Twitter and Facebook have many of the same elements and reach the same demographic, hence once you learn one it will be “easier” to learn the other.
Love the Mafia Wars reference 🙂 My boyfriend works for the company that supplies us with those games such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars, YoVille, etc. The point of those games is to connect friends through gaming. Back in the day, this used to be done by having family/friend game nights and playing board games. It’s the same concept, only nowadays, people are on-line the majority of their day and have less time to meet face to face. These games give people the opportunity to play games with their friends/family (be connected) and still have the same kind of playful experience.
Also, if the games are THAT popular there is probably something attractive about them… and it’s just another way to be connected, which is the point anyway.. right?
One of the best ways to learn the tips and tricks of social media is LISTENING to your peers. Watch, listen, explore, and learn.
Everyone was a newbie at one time when it comes to social media. Most social media members are forgiving and will offer help and suggestions. MOST, not all.
Acting like someone you aren’t is bad and it’s for a whole different crowd — the cults of people who use social media as an “escape” from who they really are. The people who are there to be themselves and connect with people they REALLY know (not imaginary internet friends) see these “cult” people as creepy and spam-like.
Speaking of spam — DON’T spam. This will cause people to “unfollow” or “hide” you, which defeats the purpose of being connected through social media. There are so many people on my Facebook page that post and repost every ounce of spam they come across. I “hide” these people from my Facebook page so I never see what they post. You don’t want to be one of these people 🙂
Lastly, social media outlets are NOT your diary. Like you said, once you say something, it’s out there and you can’t take it back. If you want to post something, think about it first. If it’s something only your diary should know, write it down there and don’t share it with the Web world.
Kimberly’s had her say; what’s yours?