What is Google plus?
If Facebook and Twitter weren’t doing a good enough job for you, then you have another social media platform to jump on. Google has now entered the realm that is social media and with their own version of it. Is it better? I can’t truly say, but it is different in its own right. They didn’t necessarily change social media the way Facebook did, but they did incorporate a more personal feeling and intimacy.
At first glance it may seem that Google stole Facebook’s ideas and just renamed them as their own. They probably did, but they won’t admit it. Since Facebook is the social media giant, you have to incorporate some of their attractiveness into your own version of social media in order to gain any users. Google did this with Google Plus. However, there is a difference in how you interact with friends, co-workers, and random acquaintances you may have. Instead of having a mass of friends anywhere between 100 and a couple thousand all viewing your page and updates, you can now limit each person to what they see; and it doesn’t require you to manually change everyone’s privacy settings for your page.
Google Plus built its entire site around the idea of circles. These circles are based off of the friend groups that you already have established in your social life. Now you can organize your closest friends into a circle, your family into a circle, and other professionals that you may associate with into another circle. This way you can share whatever you didn’t want your parents to know with just your friends, and then the professionals don’t see it either and you aren’t kicked out of your profession for something ridiculous.
It is almost a social hierarchy. The most important people in your favorite circle and those you hardly know but want to keep around so that it looks like you have more friends, in a larger but less acquainted circle. Its about who you want, where you want them, and what you want to share with them.
If you are an organizing guru then you will most likely enjoy Google Plus, because that’s exactly what it provides you with. This is just another way for Google to take over the Internet and keep a hand in everything you do on the Internet. If you are like me, you will want to take advantage of every force in the social media world. When you’re in the business of social media marketing you want to do everything you can to tell the world all about your clients. I think Google Plus is the next big weapon in the world of internet marketing.
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Social Media Marketing for Churches
In a world of war, turmoil and insecurity, if there are three things that people need the most, these would be God, human connection and resources. The interactivity that social media allows for provides some of the most basic human needs to be spiritually met.
Social media in churches is not new, but it is rapidly growing. Some even say that the concept of social media originated in, and was developed by, the Catholic Church. The theory is that churches focused their teachings around social communications to reach many who use new media to spread the good news and be positively affected.
Perhaps religion best demonstrates how the role of social media in the world has transformed how the church should engage and participate in all forms of media. It appears that not only has the church been active in using, adapting and exploring modern communication technologies for a while, but that the concept of social media for churches seemed to predict the current usage of the term ’social media’.
It’s a trend that the religious populations of churches worldwide absolutely cannot miss. The social media opportunities for churches has soared post millennium. During the work times in America and many other nations across the world, individuals and businesses are relying more heavily on social media in order to function and cope.
Amidst natural disasters and other threats, the evolution of social media in churches has come to symbolize hope and support. The network among worshipers offers a sign of unity and progress – that we will survive and life will improve. Active social media in churches sends out a message that there is a helpful and prominent presence at work, and enjoying the benefits doesn’t depend on going to a building on Sunday.
Through a variety of social media networks, churches can update parishioners and reach out to new ones. It can also share what upcoming charity events are being offered by a local parish, or if a particular local parish has a youth group, or what thoughts the minister offered at today’s Mass celebration.
For certain periods on the Christian calendar, social media for churches can mention when the next holy day is, and what its significance is. It can say if there is a particular prayer or biblical passage that Christians should keep in mind during particularly challenging times. Using social media, churches can answer any “God” questions.
Written by Shane Nasby
Do You Know What Wordpress is and How to Use It?
The world of the internet has its own language and trying to learn it and find your way around can be a challenging task. Unless you are a teenager or a computer freak, chances are you will be completely in the dark about most terminology used.
A perfect example is Wordpress. Released in 2003, this is a program used in the writing of blogs (or web logs) on the internet. For those of you who don’t know what a blog is, it is a website, often interactive, which is used by an individual to make comments or commentaries on various topics. Blogging is thought to have started as long ago as 1994, with people putting their daily diaries online. Nowadays, they are used for numerous purposes, including obtainment of feedback or links to other sites.
Wordpress is what is known in the internet world as a blogging tool, and it is a fairly advanced one. All the user basically needs to do is write the article or blog and Wordpress will do the rest for them. It has many features such as a link manager, which assists in creating links to other web pages. It also enables other users to post comments on your blog site.
Bloggers also have ways of connecting their blog site with another, by way of a system which lets their post appear as a teaser with a link on another blogger’s site. This is open to abuse in that anyone can post a completely unconnected comment and link on your site, just for the purpose of creating that link. This is known as comment spam and Wordpress has tools that can help combat this. Wordpress also has a feature that enables you to email your post directly to your blog instead of having to enter it on the site.
For those starting out in blogging Wordpress would seem to have all you would need to start a blogging site from scratch, starting with a web page design and layout. There are hundreds of themes to choose from which effect the presentation and look of your website and you can use these to customize your site to suit your needs. The program guides you through a step by step process of how to set up individual pages, posts, archives and categories, and how to receive comments if you want. It explains how to manage all aspects of your site and how to add new features or change its appearance.
Blogging is a critical aspect to a quality social media marketing campaign. I would highly suggest using a blogging platform such as Wordpress and it will make your life much easier. And if you really want to make your life easy, you could always outsource social media and hire a blogging service to do everything for you.
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Is MySpace Dead or Still Alive and Kicking?
The question is, how many people have heard of Myspace? It’s a social networking site that was launched in 2003 by various members of an internet marketing company, who were already members of another networking site themselves. They saw the potential, and due to their experience and knowledge, had little trouble in setting up the new site. It is based in California and owned by a large media network. It was in fact the most popular networking site in the United States from 2006 until 2008, constantly beating all its competitors.
In 2006 Myspace launched a UK version to try to get into the UK music scene, which was successful. They have since done the same in China and other countries. The site has continued to stick to its focus on the entertainment and music industry, building an audience around this. Consequently they attracted many teenage members, and this was a contributory factor to their decline in membership starting in 2008. Their competitors such as Facebook were developing sites that were easier to use and aimed towards the general population, thereby attracting more age groups and users.
In an attempt to win back popularity, Myspace stopped trying to compete with the other sites and instead promoted itself as a social entertainment website, going as far as to provide links with the other networks’ sites. It has completely redesigned its look and has provided more categories on the site. In common with other networking sites users can create profiles, find or add friends, belong to groups or communities who share the same interests, and keep updated on events and news. One disadvantage of Myspace seems to be that users can actually create their own pages, even inexperienced web users. This has caused problems on the site, causing it to freeze often. However, all networking sites have had security problems at some time.
Myspace is therefore a more specialized social network site used mostly by teenagers, musicians and other artists. Many people who signed up for MySpace in its early days have since either closed their account or simply do not use it. They have instead gone over to other network sites that provide a broader range of opportunities. It would appear that the number of MySpace users is considerably less than its major rival, and in the beginning of 2011 it was put up for sale. Whether in this age of ever-changing fads it is dead, is another question.
Regardless of the social media site. Savvy Giraffe will always be ahead of the game! If something is deemed “dead” you can bet we’ll already be gone. If you hire Savvy for your social media marketing, you never have to worry about where to spend your time.
In this day and age, the internet is used by millions of people throughout the world. Most of us are fairly proficient in surfing the net to find the information we need, but that is as far as we go. For most internet users, this tool is a wonderful, magical thing that we couldn’t do without, but we have absolutely no idea how it really works.
There is so much terminology involved in the world of the internet that learning it can seem like trying to learn a whole new language. There is a world of words out there that have absolutely no meaning to the average internet user.
One such example is “backlink”, also known as inbound link, incoming link, inward link and inlink. As indicated by its name this is a manner of linking one website with another. It is basically any link received back to a web page from another web page. It is a great marketing tool as a link in. For example, website x can lead directly to your own website, hence directing more visitors there.
Most of us do actually know what a search engine is – you use it for looking up something you want to know and the search engine finds as many sites as possible that contain the words you entered into it. The use of backlinks to a site is known as search engine optimization (SEO). Companies try and get as many backlinks to their site as possible, sometimes even using links on sites that are totally unconnected with them or their line of business. The important thing for them is the link, as this is what leads the internet user to their site.
Search engines have a system of ranking. They send out what are called spiders or bots to search around the net for links to a site. The more links the site has, the more important the search engine assumes it is, and it will therefore appear higher in the ranking than other sites. We all know that when enter search words into a search engine and the results come up, we usually click on the sites that appear at the top of the page first and then work our way down the page. Obviously if a company is trying to get clients, they want their site at the top of the list above their competitors, hence the more backlinks they have the higher up they will rank, and the more visitors they will get.