What Everyone Ought To Know About Social MediaWith Google’s recent entrance onto the social media scene, people are talking.  A LOT!  Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another post on how cool Google+ is.  To be honest with you, I haven’t had enough time to play around in it yet. Yes, I got an invitation to join (thanks Dev) and it’s a pretty cool site.  It’s new!!!

Here’s the deal, if you are online to build a business that hopefully will lead you to financial security (isn’t that what we all want) then you better be using social media.

I know, I know, I’ve heard it too.  A lot of the so called gurus will say, “stop wasting your time playing around on Facebook because that’s not going to make you any money”. WRONG!!! Where do you think I’m locating my new business partners?  Yep, that’ s right! Facebook!!!  Can you say 750 million people!

Thanks to my friend, Ilka Flood of The Enlightened Networker“, she recently wrote a post on this very topic.  In that post she included a really cool video that had me even sit up and take notice.  I thought I would share that with you now.

Check this out and then I’ll see you below.  I’m not quite done yet.  Shock!!!

Now I know I’m still not quite up on the times but I did recently purchase an iPod Touch (thank you for that recommendation Ms. Carolyn Nicander Mohr).   I’m still playing with it but it really is pretty darn cool.

The point I want to make is you watched the video right!  Can you see where if you aren’t building relationships through social media you are going to be left behind!

How many commercials do you watch, or even your local news, and they say follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  That’s because they are smart enough to understand that the majority of the population is on social media sites.

As of this writing (July 2011):

  • Facebook now has around 750 million users.
  • Twitter is estimated to have between 175 to 200 millions users.
  • LinkedIn has over 100 million users.

I know that social media sites can be overwhelming and you can end up spending a lot of your time there if you aren’t careful.  But there is a right way and a wrong way to use these sites.

The wrong way would be to spam your friends with your latest and greatest product, service, company, etc.  The right way would be to start building relationships and make some new friends.  If you want to have success online, that is the way to do it.

You also don’t have to join every single one under the sun but I would suggestion you at least pay attention to the top three.  Oh, and let’s not forget Google+ who will be opening their doors soon.  I wouldn’t be so quick to ignore them.  I do believe they have something up their sleeves.

If you aren’t using social media, if you aren’t building relationships, if you aren’t sharing other people’s content and if you aren’t introducing people to who you are, you need to get on the band wagon today.

Your future customers, clients and prospects are all online chatting about everything. They are probably looking for what you have to offer so if you aren’t taking advantage of this you are missing the boat.  Big time!

Your turn!!!  What about you?

  • Are you using social media to meet people and to build relationships outside your blog?
  • Are you getting to know new people and what their interests are, their likes and dislikes?
  • Which social media site is your favorite and which one brings you the most traffic?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject as well.

I don’t know about you but I love being online, building relationships and all while I have the privilege of getting to know others.  Hey, I met you didn’t I?  Look how well that turned out!