Reasons Why You Need To Be Social Media Conscious

Don't you just love the world 'Social Media'? It is a very powerful word that you might have seen or heard in your circles. It has many versions and definitions but am going to give you the short version here. Social Media is used to describe collection of websites, applications or services that help you to interact with other people and pass information and ideas to one another.

This include any site that provides any form of interaction like comments, voting(liking), rating, etc. It also includes Social Bookmarking sites, Social Networking sites, photos and videos sharing sites and social news aggregation sites. I will only concentrate on social networking sites in this post.

Why do I need to be Social Media Conscious?
Social Media Sites
Social Media Sites
  • Man is a social animal, and must interact with others to stay focused. 
  • Helps you to stay connect with friends and loved ones. With social media, you can stay connected with the people and things that matter most in your life. Sites like Facebook have special tools to help you in this quest.
  • Stay on top of breaking news as they occur. 
  • Stay connected with colleagues and business associates.
  • Provides a means or tool for you to promote your brand and business. You can use social media to promote any kind of business.
  • Share your hobbies and habits.
  • Connect and share ideas with like minded individuals.
  • Share the most important things in your life. This includes pictures, stories, etc.
  • Connect with celebrities and other personalities you idolise.
Which Social Networking Sites Should I Use?

Depending on your needs, you can open accounts with any social networking site and connect with those you want to connect with. I recommend the following social networking sites for your varying needs:
  1. Facebook: Facebook helps you to stay connected with friends and loved ones. With more than 800 million users who love to share things, you can also promote your business and brand on Facebook.
  2. Twitter: Use twitter to stay on top of breaking news.
  3. LinkedIn and Biznik: For businesses and professionals.
  4. Google+: Promote your business and brand through the high visibility offered by Google+. 
  5. Flickr: Share pictures with friends.
  6. Youtube: For videos. You can also subscribe to any channel you deem important.
  7. BlogEngage: For bloggers and webmasters.
  8. About.me: Helps you aggregate all your social media profiles in one place.
There are many more social networking sites out there, but these are the most popular ones that are more likely to help you in your quest to connect with friends or promote your brand and business. 
To ensure top visibility on these social networking sites, you need to update your profile with relant information and picture. This helps you to be accepted as part of the community.


This is a guest post by Egbule Obinna. He owns www.onwaweb.com, where he shares Facebook tips, social media updates and news. You can connect with him on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

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  1. Anonymous2/12/2012

    Nice write up there. As a Blogger, I use social media to promote my blog and other things I do online. I just discovered some sites form this post of yours. Thanks for sharing.


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