Social media has become one of my favorite new ways to stay in touch. It’s a great outlet for catching up with old friends and sharing important moments with my family. Plus, it’s so convenient! Most social media sites have an app you can use on your cellphone, making them easy, immediate ways to share news, photos, videos—everything you need to stay informed.
Here are three popular social networking services that I use frequently. Whether you’re looking for a place to share beautiful new photos of your grandkids or keep up to date on the latest news headlines, you’ll find something interesting here to keep you busy.
The most popular social network site in the world right now is Facebook. It reminds me of an online yearbook that’s always being updated, and is a great place to find and communicate with friends old and new. For instance, I now stay in touch with dozens of my friends from high school, many of whom I hadn’t heard from in years! Facebook lets you provide a window into your world by posting “status updates” or sharing links to other things you find interesting with friends you’ve chosen to connect with. Facebook also makes it really easy to upload and share photos and videos, so it’s a great place to show, and see, what your kids or grandkids are up to.
With over 300 million users, Twitter has become the go-to for following breaking news stories and sharing opinions. It’s also a great option for passing along stories, blogs, or events in real time. Twitter works like a chat room or message board—you enter quick, short messages (“tweets”) with a 144 character limit, along with photos or videos, or links to other websites and articles. You can “re-tweet” (share) messages from other users, and find out what topics are “trending”, meaning generating discussion, around the world at any time.
Most Android devices come with Google+ already installed. If you’ve setup a Google account, or Gmail, you’re already connected. It functions a lot like Facebook—you connect with groups of friends (called “Circles”) to share specific content that you find interesting. It’s a great way to get started to see if you enjoy using social media—if you’re already familiar with the look, feel, and functionality of Google’s many products, using Google+ is a really comfortable experience.
These are some of the most popular and widely used social media outlets, but there are many more, which I’ll be touching on in future posts. Just remember, whichever one you use, Consumer Cellular is also there! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and add us to your circle on Google+. Social media is the best place to stay in touch for information on our contests, prizes, or upcoming events, plus it’s a great place to get customer support or ask questions. Be sure to connect with us!