Chris Brogan who in my mind, is the definition of social media has written an excellent starter piece for those looking to tap into social media. The post takes a look at three different scenarios. Personal, business, and Non profit use. There is one particular piece of information that Chris gives that I don’t agree with in a sense and that is,
Avoid writing “me too” blog posts about the latest news in your vertical. Chances are, someone else is doing it better, and your “me too” is just a throat-clearing proof that you’re not creating original content.
What is so bad about writing content that has inspired an opinion or a thought process and then sharing that on the web through the means of a blog post? Granted, if all the post contains is “me-too”
then I fall in line with Chris Brogans comments. However, if the post is a continuation or a different path of the original conversation, isn’t that one of the beauties of blogging in general?
Back on topic, I believe that it takes a special breed of person to tap into the power of social media. Chris is one of those people and there are many like him in existence out on the web. I’ve tried to tap into this social media craze and I’ve had some success through the use of Twitter but overall, I just can’t seem to put enough time or effort into the various networks to make them worthwhile. I acknowledge the existence of what social media can do but I’m not one of the ones making a living through it’s power.
To anyone who partakes on a social media journey, I wish you luck. For those who have had success riding the social media train, please leave me a comment and tell me about your experience thus far and how social media has helped you in your endeavors.