Who would have thought a tiny tattoo could spark a Twitter brawl?
Miley Cyrus tweeted a picture of her seventh tatoo with the words “All LOVE is equal” and drew flak from some people Twitter who disagree with her stand to support gay rights.
After typing my last few dozen words for the day, I tweeted out advice that I follow whenever I feel as though I don’t have anything to blog about: Write. Don’t Blog.
Then, out of the blue, someone reacts to my vague tweet and gushes with short phrase describing their own blogging experience. I am not all too sure about what the intent was and will probably never know because I really didn’t want to engage much further beyond acknowledging that I had read their reply to my tweet.
The real intent behind the tweet was to merely share a reminder of what I think blogging really is and should be: It is writing.
Some people first get into blogging thinking that it’ll give them some measure of acclaim and some level of popularity. Some go into it thinking they’ll master the “new media” and make something of their skill. Some people get into blogging for money and they’re not much different from those who put up websites with similar intent. Some blog because they believe that it is actually the best way to raise awareness and build up support for a cause or an idea. Some blog as a matter of personal expression or a personal mission.
These are all valid reasons for blogging, but sometimes these reasons get in the way of consistently writing a blog.
The Twitter account of Microsoft’s Xbox (@tweetbox360 ) tweeted “Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ‘Back to Black’ over at Zune,” and stirred a lot of negative reactions.
Ranging from sarcastic advice to “stay classy” to being called a “contender for stupidest tweet of the day”, the tweet has forced Microsoft to issue an apology. “Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated. Far from the case, we assure you.”
Joining a “Blog Award” or “Blogging Contest” can be a great way to discover other blogs, network with other bloggers, and even if you don’t win, it can enrich your own blogging experience. This is especially so if it is a genuine contest or a search for what is the “best” blog in a category and not a corporate promotions gimmick dressed up like a blogging contest.
It is only by closely looking at the criteria and the judges that one can get a sense of whether a “blogging contest” will result in real acclaim.
Then again, if you really think about it, what kind of criteria can be devised for a literary form that is still in the process of evolving with the technology that makes it possible? [Read more…]
It is an option worth reconsidering thoroughly because social media can bite, hard. Probably much harder than mainstream media because of its immediacy, directness, transparency, durability, and capability to reach a fairly large, critical audience. Moreover, social media demands a level of personal engagement that offers a set of unique difficulties as well as opportunities that candidates may find hard to harness positively.
The fact is, these are the very same qualities that make social media tick and without these qualities, the effect of using social media for an electoral campaign may not only be marginal but may also compete with other media being used in the electoral campaign.
After considering all of this once over and then again, if you’re still convinced that you need this, there are a number of ways to go about preparing to engage in social media.