Social Media is Here to Stay

I occasionally hear some old school folks put social media down and I’ve even heard some say that it is a passing fad. To that I say, “Bunkum!” Social media is not simply a passing fad. What you may find is that some of the social media SITES are passing fads. They come and go so fast, many don’t even know they existed. Tobri is a good example of that. It was a small social media site that tried to act along the lines of the Facebook and others. Unfortunately, the popularity never was achieved and it slowly faded away.

Did you know that when the internet first appeared many (including Microsoft executives!) predicted that it wouldn’t be used and would fail.

Since we grasp the fact that social media is here to stay, we might as well use some of the websites and tools available to help make our online lives easier… Juggling a bunch of social media sites is impractical. Instead, you should seek out powerful dashboard and automation tools.

Social Oomph is one of those tools. With it, you can automate DM (direct message) replies to anyone who follows you on Twitter. Or, you can preset tweets to happen at a specific date and time. This is a cool tool that can automate many of your social media tasks.

Tweet Adder is another really cool tool that helps you to easily find folks to follow and to get followers on Twitter.

I am also getting to the point where managing and staying on top of all of my social media outlets is nearly impossible. So, I joined XeeMe (pronounced See Me); which is not just another social media site to add to your deluge of sites. This one actually helps you to juggle that growing number of social media sites, and keeps all of your sites easily accessible and findable for your followers/stalkers. On top of that, XeeMe provides some pretty handy and useful analytic tools for your online presence.

I have a tendency to separate my business and personal aspects in social media. In other words, I use Facebook primarily for personal status updates and connections. I use LinkedIn for business connections and updates. I usually use Twitter for both personal and business updates. And, I have two different accounts on Google+ (one for personal and one for business).

Checkout my entire social media presence and how to stalk me here.

Let me know how you juggle your social media sites! Also, do you think that social media is simply a passing fad?

-Vaughn

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About Vaughn Ripley

Vaughn is a happily married daddy, author, and CIO. He is an HIV+ hemophiliac, and is one of the longest surviving HIV+ people in the universe.
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  1. My favorite athletic-related social media site is Strava. Since you can view/like/comment on other’s activities, it is highly motivating, and has just enough of a social twist. You can also work with friends to keep each other accountable 🙂

    Plus it has cool analysis tools — some if you have a free account, and more if you upgrade to premium (and pay $6 a month or $59 a year). In any case, I’d highly recommend it!

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