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How to pick the right social media platform for you

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If you're one of the last living souls not on a social media site yet you may want to make this your New Year's Resolution. The world of technology is speeding fast forward and you don't want to be left behind.

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It doesn't matter if you're a grandparent, writer, business owner, school teacher or band member there is a social media site for everyone. So how do you pick one? How do you get started?

Here's a list of some of the top social media sites out there:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Google+
  • Blogger

Facebook is for people you know family members, friends, classmates you want to reconnect with. People like, share and comment on things you've posted. However more and more businesses are setting up a business platform here and authors create authors pages while bands create fan pages.

When choosing a social media site to begin your content marketing, remember to ask yourself if the site is suited to meet your needs.

Twitter Want to become a micro blogger? Twitter is the place for you! Message posting is limited to 140 characters that is why it's called micro blogging, it's not like Facebook where you can post a really long status. These micro blog post are usually about how you feel, what you're doing. Do you remember that commercial that came out on the television were the parents were texting 'I am sitting on the patio' people talked about that catch line for quite some time well, that's pretty much sums it up. You can retweet a post, share a link, and use hashtags to find followers of a specific topic.

Twitter has its uses for those on the go.

LinkedIn Is known for connecting professionals. If you're looking to get a business platform started this is a great place to start. You can connect with other companies, co-workers, post your resume and presentations plus, LinkedIn is a great place to get endorsements this builds credibility.

But don't stop there we have a few more to go over yet like Google+.

Google+ Seems to be on the move, here you can really connect with people you don't know yet. You can join communities with likeminded people and connect with those in your friends circle. This is a chance to really put your networking skills to the test.

Pinterest Is the simplest form of sharing around. You can upload your own photos with a catchy tagline or pin a post someone else shared that you liked. This site is dominated by woman, just saying if your targeted audience is going to be woman you might what this to be the platform you get started on.

YouTube Is tops when it comes to video platforms. You can do so much here with marketing your work and advertising services and products.

So what platform is right for you? It really dependents on your needs, are you an author looking? Why not try Facebook (author page) YouTube (Book Trailers) or Google+ (connecting with others and driving traffic). If you're a business LinkedIn is a must have, you'll want to keep it professional; though a lot of business have a business page on Facebook, just remember not to post personal remarks like, 'I can't believe the crappy day I just had...'

Want to get downright personal, than blogging is for you try out Blogger! You can write about your travels, hobbies, and experiences.

Whatever you decide on try one or two and see which one you feel more comfortable with.

Be sure to stop in and let me know how it goes, I'd love to hear all about your social media experience and remember 'content is key.'

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