Friday, December 14, 2012
When did you last receive a whole bunch of Christmas cards?
Yesterday, I received my first Christmas card of the season. I really appreciate it -- and any others I get -- especially since I'm not very good about sending any out myself. In the last decade, the sale of Christmas cards has pretty much gone down in proportion to the rise of social media. Those people we never communicated with except for that once a year Christmas card, well, we now know pretty much when they last had a cup of coffee -- and even that it was in their living room in Australia. With Facebook not costing any more than your Internet connection, and the cost of postage stamps on the rise, it just makes sense to use Facebook -- or maybe a musical e-card. I mean, why not? With time such a precious commodity these days, it's …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The President is taking him message straight to the citizens via social media. Is he playing fair?
Friday, December 7, 2012
We've been inundated with news and commentary about President Barack Obama and Congress' struggle to find a point of compromise on the looming "fiscal cliff" issue. In a recent speech the President urges everyone to send a tweet to their congressmen to let them know they favor his middle class income tax cut program. And he took to Twitter on Monday to answer tweets from citizens with questions on his plan. Obama is the first President to use the social media to reach the masses. His latest message is posted on a website, Barack Obama, What Does $2,000 Mean to You. It's a simple question -- he invites you to write back with a short message on the impact of an extra two grand would mean in your pocket rather than the government's coffers. …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Disconnecting from social media helped me reconnect with my children.
Being a Stay-at-home Mom can feel isolating, especially if you have young children at home with you. There was a time, when my youngest was a baby and my other son was no bigger than a grasshopper's hind leg, that I felt alone in a sea of diapers and burp cloths. The days would drag on between naps and nursing and I needed a network of people that I could reach out to. Enter Facebook. Social media became a lifeline for me at a time when I needed a connection. Between finding friends from my past, new friends, and eventually blogging friends, I felt a sense of community whenever I logged in. At first I only checked in when the kids were napping. Grabbing a handful of minutes to read everyone's updates to get a sense that I was an active …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Breaking down the demographics of social media usage.
Almost 150 million Americans now use at least one social networking site, according to MediaBistro’s Shea Bennett. Women “check-in” much more than men – almost 100 million more visits per month! It’s probably no surprise that Pinterest is predominantly female, but according to the AllTwitter post, 64% of Twitter users are women who lead in log ins with 58% of Facebook and 60% of social gamers. “Men lead the way on Reddit (84 percent), Google+ (71 percent) and LinkedIn (63 percent)." There are more men on LinkedIn than there are women who use LinkedIn, Reddit and Google+ combined. A few more interesting facts: Online MBA brings perspective to other aspects of the demographics of social media users in their celestial illustration that shows…