5 Tips The Social Media Experts Don’t Tell You
Today’s post by Chris Brogan, “Be the Bridge” calls on people who know and love using social media to help others use. Here’s what he says:
Share the living HELL out of the humanity and the real world-ness that goes into being a blogger and a technologist and someone from the future. Because what you know WILL change the way people live, and it’ll work a whole hell of a lot better if you help people get there, instead of maintaining that strange distance.
I love this. Chris and other social media experts use their experience, expertise, and talent to guide people through the maze that is social media. I’m going to do the opposite.
I’m new to social media, so I’m going to guide you by letting you know all the things I don’t get about social media, all the mistakes, the frustrations, and even the occasional victories I’ve experienced. Because face it, I feel your pain, not because I’ve been there, but because I am there!!!
So, here are my first 5 tips the social media experts don’t tell you:
- Social media will make no sense at all to you for a while. No matter how much everyone explains it to you. No matter how many terrific introductory videos you see like RSS in Plain English (and they are terrific). No matter how simple WordBlogger makes it for you to sign-up for your first blog.
- It’s not you. It’s them. Technorati, WordBlogger, Feedburner, FaceBook, Digg, whatever. The technology is developing so rapidly it often gets ahead of their own guidance for how to use it. They tell you to click on the design tab but really that was two versions ago. And God forbid they let you know which services are compatible with one another. (Just try uploading a Vizu interactive poll to WordBlogger. You’ll see what I mean.) Again, it’s not you. It’s them.
- Remember the words of Ms. Frizzle: “Get Dirty, Make Mistakes.” Until you start mucking around in it, you’re never going to figure it out.
- If you’re thinking of using social media for business, you might want to try it out first on something just for fun — like finding other people who love circus acts or exchanging ideas about foods that start with the letter “P”. If you mess up, you haven’t humiliated yourself professionally. And you’ll have lots of fun.
- Think about your privacy whenever you’re subscribing to something or adding info to your profile on updating your Facebook. A modification of an old PR rule: if you don’t want to read about “it” (whatever it is) on the front page of the Washington Post, don’t post it online. It’s real easy to get carried away.
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