You’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding Facebook and other social media tools, but might not be convinced that they’re right for you. Perhaps setting up an account and maintaining it seems daunting. Or, maybe you signed up and don’t know what to do next. Utilizing Facebook in a practical way for just a few minutes a day can actually save you time. Here are 5 easy ways to leverage social media:
- Online clubs and fan groups: Social networks allow you to connect with current friends and new friends based on your mutual interests. Using applications like LivingSocial to find people with similar taste, you can create an online book or movie club to unite with fellow bookworms or movie buffs.
- Quick event planning: Facebook lets you plan parties easily and efficiently – just create an event, enter the details and invite friends. Sending virtual invites saves you the time of hunting down addresses and taking RSVPs over the phone. You can even plan reunion events for people you’ve lost touch with and found again through social media. And, you can figure out what to drink and listen to using LivingSocial’s music and beer pages.
- Social media at work: Being social media-savvy can help you stay relevant in your job, by keeping up with the eager social media enthusiasts entering the workforce. You can keep your profile professional by using Facebook’s custom privacy settings to regulate who sees what information.
- Help other parents: The best product and book reviews come from other parents, especially friends. Love a stroller, but hate a certain crib? Let other parents online know with a quick post to a social media site. Or, post a question to find out what your friends recommend.
- Share photos: Emailing photos to your family and friends after big events can be time-consuming, especially sorting out who wants which photo. Facebook makes this easy – just post your photos and everyone (including non-Facebook users) can check them out, if you want. Animoto.com’s Facebook application is a great way to share animated videos made from your own photos.
It’s really easy to spend hours on Facebook, but most people don’t have the time to do so. For more information on some of the quick tips I provided, visit http://livingsocial.com or if you’re a Facebook user: http://apps.facebook.com/livingsocial/.
More info about Living Social taken from the Living Social Website……..LivingSocial.com is a social discovery and cataloging network that allows people to review and share their favorite movies, books, games, music, restaurants and beer. As the most comprehensive interest-based online community, LivingSocial is now helping more than 6.4 million users catalogue their interests, seamlessly integrating with Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and Orkut.