Social Media is everywhere. This is nothing new; it’s been this way for awhile now. At first many of the platforms seemed like passing fads. I belonged to Facebook when you had to have a .edu address, and then I left when they allowed anyone to join. I’ve recently ventured back into it, but with nowhere near the gusto. Other platforms I still haven’t touched. I don’t do enough cool things to share on Pinterest, and Google + I’m still not certain of the need for. At AFP, we’ve been pushing out Twitter platform. We feel it’s the best way to connect with people, where sites like Facebook have become very….over saturated. Nothing like a short and sweet 140 character message to our friends and followers, some words of wisdom, and occasional promotions.
But Social Media is not necessarily everywhere. I’m currently doing some work in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, which is a radio quiet zone. In all directions for about 30-40 miles, there is absolutely no cell service. You can still connect to the internet, but it needs to be through the dreaded wire, or you need to risk using Wi-Fi (It causes interference with the local Observatory, and you could get in trouble for having it on…it literally violates one of the local statute for living here.) So I’ve been trying to keep the company’s Twitter page active and full of content by connecting to the Wi-Fi and tweeting. Then, the other day, something crazy happened to my phone. Long story short, it needs a new SIM card and needs to be reset, which I can’t do until next week. I’ve been trying to keep up the tweeting by computer, with very interesting results. I know there are people who maintain their social media presence via computer, and I can’t understand how. In a matter of days, this is how drastically my overall impressions have dropped: (A net drop of 30,000 views in 3 days.)
It turns out mobile is extremely necessary for a lot of social media, as we are sure that most of you know. We just wanted to give a 3 day visual of how important it is. Mobile devices and the apps they run are much more efficient and expeditious than webpages and their prompts. We are still new to this, and still learning the ins and outs of connecting with our clients through social media. For those of you we haven’t been able to connect with in the past 3 days, we want to apologize; we’re not ignoring you. We hope to be back up to speed once we’ve resolved our technical issues, and thank you for reading this blog entry that is absolutely common sense to most of you. For those of you who didn’t know, we hope that this has helped you with your social media experience.