Friday, October 29, 2010

Social Media: A Piece of the Puzzle

Social Media A Piece of the Puzzle:

Social media is like a piece of a large jigsaw puzzle, one part of it say blogging is pretty but when it has different sides such as facebook, twitter and blogging it connects to other peoples pieces and still others to create a beautiful picture.  Each side of the jigsaw piece allows the user to plug into another community for example twitter users may at times be different from the people who use facebook, and the blogging side may mostly appeal to bloggers. However as it all connects folks from facebook will click through to the blog, or website then tell their friends spreading your little piece of the internet to the wider community making new and meaningful connections and creating an image of the beauty of sharing. As the pieces spread out and interconnect your piece of the puzzle be that your blog or website, will flourish from a shared exchange of ideas and conversation. You may have to wiggle your piece around a few times, round off the edges and truly find your niche to get that perfect fit, but in time it will naturally fall into place.

In the same way that a part of a puzzle say a tree has a trunk then branches and leaves your ideas can spread and reach others and in time a bigger branch may even approach you for chatter or an opportunity. The idea of being a part of a puzzle stresses the point that we are stronger being part of a community giving our readers, customers and twitter followers equal importance. The word social in social media is just as it sounds make the time to be yourself, and be social respond to comments on your blog posts and check your replies on twitter acknowledge when your posts are liked on facebook. Because as people are able to enjoy your brand and content you will in turn be able to embrace theirs and come away from the encounter enriched and feeling part of the bigger picture.

The most amazing thing about social media is the potential to have a broad reaching appeal, these days people get their news and entertainment from the internet, get fun information on facebook from companies in between posting family pictures and playing games. Look to twitter for the latest trend, recipes and to make connections with like-minded people. As your niche or piece of the puzzle is slotted in with similar people more than likely they will know others with shared interests and still they will know others and the information is spread not just in your immediate neighborhood but across counties. Social media is a universal tool to share and converse that speaks its own language that is understood by all.

So start today, share your passion with the world, there’s a piece of the puzzle with your name on it. 

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  1. It has only been in the last couple of years, that my world has opened up to social media. I think your analogy that all these connections are the pieces to the bigger puzzle is an intriguing thought. I have friends who don't understand why someone would twitter or use facebook or blog, really "You blog" they say.

    I realize, that when you have something that you like to share, social media can/does open up a whole new world. People love to share and technology has provided a foundation in which makes it very easy.

    Thanks for this post. I enjoyed it.

  2. You are awesome, Rebecca. This is all so true. Sometimes it can take a while to get the puzzle pieces to fit, but it's important to keep trying and to keep reaching out. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Sometime it's a little intimidating to reach out to so many people with one little piece. It's is so interesting how you can "wiggle" your little puzzle piece to fit where you want it to fit. Yes it can take a little time, and time is what many seem to be short on. I always like hearing what you have to say!

  4. Really neat post and great way to looking at this "puzzle." It can be a GREAT thing and it can also be used in a not so great way. Great example is that we're all connected now!

  5. I am still amazed at the entire world that is actively using facebook! I only barely started and I am not into Twitter yet but I can see what you mean is very pertinent!

  6. Very true and you brought it all together. FB is great but I'll have to work on Twitter!

  7. I feel like I'm finally starting to understand social media a bit better. I have a ways to go, but learning is half the fun right?

  8. Very well said! It was nice to meet you last night at the Meet N Tweet. I look forward to following your blog. You have so many delicious things posted here!

  9. Hey rebecca,

    nice post. good points about social media. But somehow I feel that social media does take away a bit of the personal touch. But hey! I am not one complaining. Cos these social networking places are were I find myself moving around ALL the time :)

  10. What a nice post. It's so true that everyone has Something unique to share.

  11. This is a really sweet, supportive sentiment about a really important and growing form of connection. I like the way you frame social media with the analogy of a puzzle piece. Lovely thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Velva my pleasure yep non bloggers can be puzzled but we enjoy it he he
    Victoria oh your doing great proud of you
    Lyndsey oh thanks your so kind love your piece of the puzzle
    Belinda it certainly has connected me to some awesome folks love it
    tasteof beirut u will love it go on dip your feet in
    pam u will love tweeting
    Julie so true learning is the fun part
    Lisa great to meet you too
    Jhonny yep but I meet real folks at a meet and tweet this week!
    Barbara well said
    Liz oh thanks so much for reading

  13. Love this post; it helps me understand what I am doing. Most poeple who are in this social network understand what it's about and it's a great space. You brought it all together. I have to go find our about twitter. Thank you for your kind visits in my corner.

  14. Social media has definitely become a much bigger part of my life since starting the blog, even though I resisted it for so long! But I love how it lets me reach out to so many people at once. Great post.

  15. Velva is right, I get the same response at times, friends say they are too busy, both of you are busy and you still find time! I love how I have met so many wonderful people, in spite twitter does take some managing, lol!

  16. Hi Rebecca

    very well written! I do agree whole heartedly with your sentiments. Somedays I just don't find I have the time or the energy to keep up with everything, and I feel bad about it...I have so many wonderful loyal friends in our community, and when I don't get to answer everyone, I feel like I have let them down. This is all so new to me too, Technology has never been one of my strong points....I was looking at a new phone today, I think I need to get the one with the internet capabilities so I can be a more responsible.
    Thanks for such a wonderful post!

  17. Very well put and I agree. In the year that I have been blogging, it took a little time but it has really taken off for me and I have met so many wonderful people from so many places. It's a great experience.

  18. it's a great post with a wonderful analogy. Everyone has a fit and it's just up to the individual to find it. I know I need to get more involved in this and it's just finding the fit!

  19. Rita oh my pleasure looking forward to seeing your tweets
    Joanne aw thanks so pleased you started blogging
    chef E true enough i love twitter though fun to chat to different folks
    Chef Dennis don't worry folks will understand just do what you can do your a star anyways
    Emily Z smiles thats lovely
    Judy looking forward to seeing you flourish my friend

  20. Great post. I love how my world is changing with blogging and facebook. Social media really makes the world a different place, doesn't it?

  21. What an excellent post, Rebecca. My world has opened up since I started blogging and I've met the most wonderful people all over the world. It takes a little while to figure it all out but it is so worth the effort. Ten years ago who ever would have thought this possible?

  22. Beth your right its been so much fun to learn :-)
    Cathy oh so true its mind blowing



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