Social ME-dia and Me

Or why lately I might seem ubiquitous, redundant, or even a social butterfly

I got into Google Plus just at the end of the “1st generation” through an Invitation from a friend. It looked interesting so I thought I’d give it a try as I use practically every other Google product already.

Unlike Facebook (of which I have been an ‘on again-off again’ user, G+ allows me to focus on just those contacts who share a common interest, in my case — photography. I currently  have about 1200 contacts in my Photography circle. There are about 1700 people who have me in their circles but I don’t know in which circles they have put me. I suspect most of them have me in ‘photography’ and I know those in my circles have a photography interest because I review each profile before I ‘add’ them. Others are ignored.

The primary draw of G+ for me is that I receive a steady stream of photos and images from great photographers all over the world operating in all genres. Many celebrity photographers use G+ extensively and there are always tips, tutorials, live discussions, etc coming across my monitor. One problem is that it REALLY IS a steady stream and it comes so fast that it’s hard to keep up with everything. Fortunately, its very easy to search for favorite subject matters or authors.

Recently I had a few images purchased so I began to think about how I could get more exposure. I reorganized my SmugMug site (where I keep my portfolio) and pointed this blog to it for purchases. After seeing the new Timeline feature on Facebook, I decided to reactivate my account there because it’s still the largest social media site out there.

I’m freshening my Flickr site because most people think of it when they think ‘photos’. So then I said ‘what the hell, let’s take a look at Twitter’. I’m still working my way through how that will work for me. More on that another day.

Back to SmugMug for a moment. It’s great place to host portfolios and handle the commerce involved with ordering, printing and delivering images. And the Communities there are a great place to share photos with like minded people, especially the Daily Photo group.

So after awhile I started getting confused about all the ‘social media’ and why I should use one over another or when to use one for what. I came across this ‘explanation’ on the web so I thought I’d pass it along for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet 😉

OK, so back to Google+. It can be anything you want it to be depending on how you structure and use it. You can leap right in if you want but it can be less frustrating if you take the time to familiarize yourself with all the features first.  And that’s beyond my ability to explain in a post like this and besides there are numerous well written articles available on the subject. One of them can be found here: 6 Steps to Getting Started With Google+ at the ‘Social Media Examiner’.

So, I’m out there on the web. But if you search for ‘John Roberts’, you’ll find a Supreme Court justice, a news journalist, a comedian, a drummer and several photographers. Hmm, maybe I should change my name to …

One thought on “Social ME-dia and Me”

  1. Excellent article, John. It has certainly helped clear away some of the ‘social media’ fog in which I’ve been lost for awhile. I’ve spent a little time trying to figure out the google + attraction, but actually just gave up – so thanks so much for clearing that up for me. I may look into it again, now that I can see the advantages!

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