Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Social media

Want to start a social medium?  You have competition.  You have heard of or used Facebook with its 1.5 billion (with a B) users.  You have heard of Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat and Pinterest.  You can go to Amazon and look up books, including many that tell you how to dominate your medium, although I recommend you just try to create a way for people to exchange information and communications.  Dominating may sound attractive, especially if you are male and between the ages of 15 and 25, but I recommend you avoid dominating anything of value.  I think the world is slowly recognizing in more and more places and more and more ways that dominating blocks the good parts you could yourself enjoy.  Just contribute a bit here and there.

My friend is in his 9th decade and he wants to learn a little, but not too much, about social media.  I intend to show him a little about Twitter and Lynn will show him and his wife a little about Facebook. I did mention that his grandchildren may be inhibited by his presence.  He is a highly educated and articulate man with an amazingly wide background.  I can't tell whether he will make much use of the various social media or not.  I am fascinated with the steady change in attention.  Some people look at this email inbox and not that one.  Some people check out everything on Facebook but aren't part of Twitter.  Others are on Instagram all the time but never look at Twitter.  It is not easy these day getting a message to a friend.

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