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Twitter… Facebook, Not Just for Kids

March 17 2010

For anyone over 40, social media is just for kids. Social media is just the more recent form of online connecting technology. This evolution began with email, then it moved to instant messaging. Email started to connect people more quickly, then it moved to instant messaging.

The first entrée into social media, and where the marketing opporuntities are, is with LinkedIn. You want to have a profile, so people can find out about you. Think of LinkedIn as the new yellow pages, with people connecting people. It’s like not having your number in the yellow pages.

Marketing is moving global, people need a place to find you online. If you’re in business today, to get equal networking opportunities, you need to be online. You can automatically keep track of your contacts without going through all your business cards. It is also important to keep in mind that companies often look through your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles before they hire you.

Facebook is a little more casual than LinkedIn, but it gives a lot of information about the personality/social side of a person.

Twitter is like micro blogging (140 characters). Think of it as an ongoing cocktail conversation.

Having a global presence for all 4 generations is important. You can link your twitter address anywhere. You have to be careful about what you say and how you say it because once it’s published, it’s online forever. It’s a safe way to connect people, but you have to be careful not to alienate people online.

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