Are there any quotes which inspire/motivate you?
Soon you may not just be pinning your favourite quotes, what you had for dinner last night or workout photos as it has been revealed that Pinterest are working on adding GIFs to their site.
A new feature will be available to select pinners, allowing them to play GIFs within the platform; something which isn’t currently available. At the moment GIFs are displayed as still images on Pinterest and if you want to view the GIF you must follow the link back to the original source; so navigating away from Pinterest and back to the original platform where the GIF was originally posted.
How will this work?
GIFs will, after being uploaded to a pinboard, display a play/pause button in the bottom left-hand corner of the image..
“However, the GIF feature is not available to all Pinterest users. For example, Wantering is able to view and play GIFs from its own and other pinboards, but most users still see the GIFs as still images.”
Usually when social networks come up with new features they make the new features available to a handful of users, hopefully this is the case here and Pinterest aren’t just going to allow only a select few of their users to utilise this new feature.
Unfortunately, it isn’t yet known how many users will get to test this new feature and if this feature will become available for all users of Pinterest in the future.
I think this would be a great feature for everybody on Pinterest, also it would be unique because, unlike Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest would be allowing users to upload GIFs to their site; however this isn’t yet a feature on Twitter or Facebook. If you want to upload a GIF to either Twitter or Facebook you must share the GIF using Giphy – but only Giphy URLs can be used. Therefore, I think people would use Pinterest most to upload their GIFs because it would allow users to upload GIFs directly instead of having to use other sites to share the URL onto their other social networks.
Does social media affect the way in which we behave? Is social media influencing what we do and how we do it? Do you think social media affects you?
It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without your smartphone…isn’t it? As saddening as it sounds we are becoming increasingly hooked to our mobiles, tablets and other devices. Social media is often perceived as being a platform for teens, however this is no longer the case! In 2013, 71% of online adults used Facebook.
There are issues surrounding social media and how much it’s used, especially (it would seem) by younger generations as parents may worry about high usage of social media leading to poor spelling, grammar and textspeak. However, social media isn’t all negative as it offers many opportunities, if used in the correct way, and it provides us with a whole new way of communicating.
Some social media sites restrict their users with a character limit. For example Twitter, which forces its users to post updates which are no longer than 140 characters long (including any pictures, links and hashtags). To begin with, when you start using Twitter, this can be an issue, however you learn to condense your ideas into 140 characters after using Twitter for so long. The character limit, however, results in people overusing textspeak; which involves a lot of abbreviating. For example; LOL which means laugh out loud, BTW which means by the way and so on…
Improving your writing
Gone have the times when you’d just write to one single person, as you can potentially reach hundreds, even thousands, of people with just one singular post. Therefore, the issue surrounding social media eroding our writing skills could be viewed as being a load of nonsense, because actually social media offers many great tools to improve writing skills, such as blogging. Blogging doesn’t just improve your writing skills, it also helps build your audience…social media has enabled writers to reach a large audience and fast!
Distinguish between Proper Grammar and Textspeak
Twitter encourages the use of textspeak because of the 140 character limit, however Facebook doesn’t have a character limit. Therefore, Facebook users can afford to use proper grammar; also as there is no character limit this would encourage users to use proper grammar (although I guess it’s a personal choice)! Meaning users of social media have to learn when it is and isn’t appropriate to use textspeak (such as abbreviations, slang etc.). Although blogs, emails and even some written papers can, occasionally, include some textspeak, slang or abbreviations, most writers know the correct way to write according to their audience, and they often do so.
Do we overshare on social media?
Social media has opened up people’s lives, as people post Facebook status’ about things they wouldn’t necessarily tell their friends face-to-face, or on the phone. This could, potentially, open up conversations in person, likewise using “social” media sites such as LinkedIn to display and showcase your expertise can also gain you connections in your desired area/field and potential employment. Thus social media isn’t as isolating as people may think!!
Positive effects of social media
- Connects you to others, whether it is to talk about general interests or it is strictly professional.
- Social media has enabled ‘normal people’, who wouldn’t have without social media, to become writers; to express their opinions, share their insights and experiences.
- Connects like-minded people.
- Possible job opportunities.
- Oversharing can be useful, if the information which is being shared is useful.
Negative effects of social media
- If social media is used in the wrong ways it can, potentially, stop you from getting a job. For example, posting pictures of you getting drunk on Facebook isn’t professional and so wouldn’t look great to anybody wanting to employ you.
- Can become a platform for bullying, snide comments and generally putting people down; which is the perception some people have of social media.
- Oversharing can become very irritating if the information which is posted is irrelevant to you, i.e. pointless Facebook status updates.
These are a few points on the effects of social media, out of thousands. So, if you’ve got anything you’d like to add feel free to comment below!
What other effects do you think social media has?
Let me know your thoughts, opinions and insights in the comment section below…as always I look forward to hearing from you!!
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This is just a quick blog post with a question I’ve had a couple of weeks..well a query.
I was able to send ‘pings’ to people, it gave me the option to add “related articles” of other people’s to the bottom of my post. Know what I mean?…You should have it too.
Well a month or so ago this option disappeared from my dashboard, so I’m unable to send ‘Pings’ from the widget underneath the box where you compose posts. Does anybody know how I can get this back? & If so, how? As I miss the widget; it’s very useful.
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The BBC is making more effort to reach out to new audiences who predominantly use tablets and mobile devices to access social media platforms. The BBC made the decision to join one of the biggest social media platforms of the year; Instagram. They’ve done this in the hope that they’ll reach out to more users online and in the hope that it will encourage more and more young people to read the news; as news consumption among younger audiences seems to be ever growing.
On the 16th January the BBC launched “Instafax” which;
is a throwback to the BBC’s former Ceefax service – the world’s first teletext service that ran on UK television until 2012.
The BBC’s Instagram page will feature 15 second long video’s, three times a day; these video’s will aim to show the round up of the days news.
Corporation hopes to reach new audiences as mobile and tablet viewing figures overtake desktop
The BBC have decided to ‘step up’ and reach new audiences by getting their online audience more involved. It’s clear that the BBC have new audiences online between different social media platforms; with “BBCBreaking” having over 8 million Twitter followers, “BBC News” having over 3.7 million “likes” on Facebook and the “BBC” having over 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube..and these are far from all of their social media platforms!!!!
As well as this viewing figures on mobiles and tablets have, for the first time in December, taken over desktop viewing figures!! Impressive, right?
There has been mixed reactions about Instafax, ranging from people saying “Instafax is a game changer” to others saying it’s the “worst idea ever”.
Have you been following Instafax? If so, what are your thoughts on the BBC joining Instagram?
Don’t hesitate to contribute to the discussion below in the comments…
As always I look forward to reading your comments and interacting
I didn’t start this blog that long ago, however I feel like, for those who may be thinking about setting up a blog (whatever the subject may be), it would be useful for them to get some ‘top tips’. I also thought that I could share some insight and expand on why people start blogs (generic points), did I adhere to the generic points stated, why did I start this blog, etc. etc.
Starting a blog; 10 reasons
- To create a “voice” – somewhere you can express your thoughts and opinions with like-minded people. This is an obvious reason to set up a blog, but it’s probably also one of the best reasons, because if you start a blog about something you have an interest and passion in it will spur you on to continue the blog and keep up with daily/weekly (whatever you decided) posts!
- To market or promote something – blogs are a great way to market yourself, a product, business or even a service.
- To help people – informative blog posts may help people to learn new things, for example a post which I published “Marketing Your Posts” which aims to help others market their posts effectively.
- To establish yourself – blogs are a useful platform for bloggers to launch themselves and get themselves established in the field or topic in which they’re blogging about; blogging helps you get noticed by more and more people!
- To connect – blogs allow you to connect to other social media platforms, i.e. posting your blog posts onto Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. immediately after you’ve published them. Blogs also allow you to interact with like-minded people, exchanging comments, sharing opinions and also enabling you to follow people with similar blogs for inspiration.
- To make a difference – many blogs involve posts discussing issues, this means the blogger could be trying to sway their viewers into thinking a certain way. However, blogging isn’t just about making people think the same as you, it’s all about sharing each others ideas because two heads are better than one..right?
- To stay active or knowledgeable in a field or topic – since the key to a successful blog is blogging frequently, interacting with your viewers and providing up to date (and knowledgeable) information, it’s a perfect way for bloggers to stay up to date in their field and up to date with events which may be happening in the specific field or topic. It enables the bloggers knowledge to continue expanding, and so will be able to give their viewers more insight into the topic!
- Stay connected with family and friends – the internet is an ever growing place, so blogs allow you to share pictures, stories etc. with family and friends which you may not see often. Blogs are a great tool to keep you connected with others.
- To make money – although not a lot of bloggers make a lot of money out of blogging it is a possibility. However, one of the keys to ensuring your blog will become successful is making sure that you’re passionate about the field or topic you decide to blog about; if you’re not motivated to write a blog post, and it becomes a chore, then why are you doing it? Through practice and patience it’s possible to make money from blogging via. advertising and activities on your blog which generate incomes, i.e. widgets which allow people to donate to your blog or a store,i.e if you’re running a fashion blog and want to create your own brand (or something like that).
- Finally and most importantly – Be creative and have fun with blogging – if you don’t enjoy the topic you’re blogging about, find something else..blogging should be something you enjoy, something you look forward to doing; it shouldn’t be like work!!!
When I began my blog I seriously didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I do, but media is something which I am really passionate about and so enjoy blogging about it.
However, no matter how passionate you are it can still (sometimes) be tricky to come up with something that hasn’t been done before, something original that will captivate people.
I try my best to create original content, content which can be re-used and people will find useful! I really like how my blog has become a sort of social media “hub” for me, as I have all of my social networks connected/linked to my blog.
I am aware of how long this blog post has become so I will answer “why did I start my blog” in a separate post, if you’d like? (let me know in the comments). Although, I have an “about” page which tells you briefly about me and my blog, so check that out!!
Let me know what you think about this blog post in the comments section below. I would also like to know, in the comments, what you did to start your blog off; how did you market your blog? Why did you start your blog? etc. Alternatively, you could create a blog post in response and ping me, I’d love to read those.
I look forward to all of your comments and interacting with you.
“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?”
While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com and let us do the rest. We want to emphasize, especially to our newest users, that no blog is an island. Clicking Publish is just the first step, and sharing your work across the internet is key to expanding your audience.
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What are ‘social media monitoring tools’?
Social media monitoring tools allow you to do just that, monitor your social media sites. If you aren’t sure what I mean here’s an example; take a popular tool ‘hootsuite’ which allows you to post to multiple social networks, i.e. posting the same post to Facebook and Twitter at the same time. Thus, social media monitoring tools allow you to post across many platforms quickly, they also (usually) allow you to schedule posts; which is useful because it makes you appear active on your social networks even when you’re busy.
According to overtone.com social media monitoring tools are:
Generally software, hosted or installed, that enables brands, products, and other topics to be identified in social media content
Popular social media monitoring tools
I discussed popular social media tools here and just wanted this post to be you sharing your favourite social media management/monitoring tools..I’d love to know what you use, I think it’d be helpful for us to learn from each other. Do social media management tools work for you better than managing your social media yourself? Do you use social media management tools for yourself or for a business?
Social media management tools OUTSIDE of business
Are social media management tools just there to be used by businesses? No, they’re not tools which can only be used by businesses; they can be used by anybody who has multiple social media accounts. There are lots of different social media management tools (see “Social Media Management Tools”) which can be used to help you/your businesses manage multiple social media accounts; not only saving time, but also increasing the traffic. Traffic is increased because, for example, if you didn’t use a social media management tool and just left your accounts dormant for a couple of days this would discourage your followers, maybe they’d unfollow you..who know’s? But if you were to use a social media management tool you could, when you were free, schedule a post for particular days you know you’re busy, thus making your accounts look active and so driving more traffic to your site with your content. I have found the scheduling tool very useful as it makes you seem c0nsistent with your posts on all your social media accounts, and so making more people want to follow you and discouraging your followers from unfollowing!
I would definitely recommend, if you haven’t already, to look at my linked article and choose a social media management tool you think you’d prefer; just use trial and error to begin with; i.e. scheduling similar posts at different times of the day to see when your followers are more active.
I often use ‘tweetdeck’ as it’s useful to make sure you stay engaged with your followers and make sure your followers don’t ‘forget’ about you by posting at least 2/3 times a day (most of the time)!!
Do you use social media management tools? If so, how many tools do you use? And how often do you use them?
Let me know what social media management tools you all like to use in the comments below or tweet me
I look forward to all of your comments and interacting with you.