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Integration of Social Media Platforms

We tend to be narrow-minded when it comes to the various social media platforms. There are the obvious “sharks”  such as Facebook and Twitter, which dominate the sea that is the Internet. However, there are other social network sites, or “fish”, in this sea.

However, if you don’t actively search for them or travel outside US for extended periods of time you may never learn what other SM platforms are out there which might be more popular in other countries.

Through research on Social Media networks by the numbers for my current class, I recently discovered two new social media sites: www.bebo.com which is most popular in the UK and Ireland as well as www.qq.com, which is popular in China.

Although I do not have a personal account for either, I hope to learn more about these platforms and utilize them in the time I will spend abroad this summer in both China and the UK.

Brief Description

www.bebo.com – Bebo combines community, self-expression and entertainment, enabling users to consume, create, discover, curate and share digital content in entirely new ways.

www.qq.com – Aims to provide its users with a rich and creative online life. Tencent Inc., the company that founded QQ.com, states that QQ is dedicated to becoming trend-setting and mainstream Internet platform with the greatest communication capacity and interactivity.

Both of these sites have an unique approach in that they integrate many different social media platforms. By combining the services and platforms as referenced above, these sites offer a “why can’t we all get along?” attitude to online media.

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Blurring of the Line Between Personal and Professional Online Branding

Hello again! I apologize for the long delay between posts. I’ve just finished a nice three-day Easter holiday spending time with my family. I’d share more with you, however, since  this post is about blurring the lines between personal and professional social media use, I’ll skip the personal details and get straight to the point.

So, does anyone know where this line is? I’m honestly not sure  how and where to draw the line for my own social media use, which is what led me to believe that it is blurred.

Before I dive into this topic, I want to pose some questions:

  • Social Media facilitates the sharing of knowledge, but how much is too much? (do we really need to know the intimate details of a person’s relationship?
  • Is there a balance point? if your are trying to establish a professional image, should you not provide details of your personal life?
  • When you post your personal thoughts and reflections in a blog, Facebook or twitter, do you lose your professionalism?
  • Does every word really need to be thought out and every post proofread? (Is my future boss going to be checking my blog for spelling and grammar? Yikes!)

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