Learning And Using Social Media

Q:  I’m still learning about social media.  What is it and how can I use these tools to help me find a job, build a career or better enjoy life?

The social media space is not always easy to define. It is moving very fast with new sites popping up every day.  But basically it includes online communities designed for sharing, learning and social networking with other, like-minded people.  Some you know today and others you’ll know soon.

The most popular examples include Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare, Amplify, Yelp and many others. Using social media allows you to build a network beyond the one you have today.  It also allows you to expose your personal or business brand to the masses.  Many have community functions where you can re-connect with friends, make new ones and update your growing network on what’s been happening in your life or business.

And while some use these sites to share simple personal updates (“just walked my dog”), those who use it effectively are proactively building their personal and business brand.  And also creating a progressive group of new network connections.

Here are a few articles to help you learn and use social media effectively:

Using Twitter: A Really Simple Daily Checklist

How To Measure Your Online Influence

11 Ways To Personalize A LinkedIn Invite

10 Reasons Why People Follow On Twitter

Social Media And Your Job Search: Act Like a Company

10 Ways To Build A High Value Network

Using FourSquare To Manage Your Personal Brand

Twitter. Like A Walk In The Park.

How To Network In LinkedIn Job Search Groups

Facebook Is The Worst Place For Networking

And here are places online that you can connect with me.  A place you can safely “cut your teeth” as you learn:

“Like” The Tim’s Strategy Facebook Page

Join The Tim’s Strategy LinkedIn Group

Follow Tim On Twitter

Follow Tim On StumbleUpon

Subscribe To The Tim’s Strategy Channel On You Tube

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