Devote Yourself to creating something that gives you purpose . . .

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Are You Confused About . . . Social Media?

Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, Tumblr . . . have you been confused about which is the best social media site(s) to pursue? Attached is a Fox News Video where these social media platforms are being discussed. It is interesting to learn how these sites are being viewed by those who use them.

The following four social media platforms are discussed in the video above. For your convenience the definitions for these services has been copied from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

Facebook – created in 2003 is a free-access social networking website that is operated and privately owned. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

The FriendFeed created in 2007 is a real-time feed aggregator that consolidates the updates from social media and social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS/ Atom feed. Users can use this stream of information to create customized feeds to share (and comment) with friends.[

Twitter created in 2006 is a free social networking and micro-blogging service
that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them.

Tumblr created in 2007 by David Karp is a blogging
platform that allows users to post text, images, video, links, quotes, and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can "follow" other users and see their posts together on their dashboard. The service emphasizes customizability and ease of use.

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