A social media profile is the most direct means of introducing yourself to the Internet and its myriad online communities. It’s your business card, your handshake, your best outfit, and your winningest smile, all rolled into one. A good social profile can snare you connections, collaborators, and customers. Here are six social media profiles that you absolutely need; the more of them you adopt, the better.
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Yeah, the Big Kahuna. Everyone and their pet (especially cats) are on Facebook. In order to get the most of your profile, use a photo of yourself that shows you in a good light (no drunken louts flashing gang signs and/or duck faces) and best sums up who you are. Make sure your education and work histories are accurate. Put relevant accomplishments and milestones front and center, while consigning any questionable content to a limited audience courtesy of privacy settings.
Facebook may be the big dog in social media, but Google rules the search engines. Like Facebook, Google Plus gives you a lot of room to create a detailed profile and really let people get to know you. All of the information you share on Google Plus can be found by means of Google’s search results, so take care that the content you share is positive.
Google Plus offers you the means of keeping your contacts organized by grouping them into circles (e.g. Family, Sports Fans, Co-Workers, Whovians). With this system, you can control who sees what information.
Now you too can impart wisdom to your followers, 140 characters at a time. It’s a terrific way to update friends, acquaintances, and associates about what you’re up to, including your interests and what sort of events and promotions you’re participating in. It’s a great way of getting in touch with people who share common interests with you.
LinkedIn should be called “e-schmooze” due to all of the business-oriented connections and links that come about as a result of joining up. When you create a profile, you are establishing your brand in the online business community, so make sure it’s regularly updated.
Do you want your own personal landing page? With about.me, you can establish a web presence and personal brand, linking it to all of your social media outlets by means of widgets. Consider it to be a central hub all about you. It’s easy to do, and requires no experience in coding or webpage design.
Put simply, Klout measures your influence on the Internet as it pertains to social media. It tells you what areas you are the most influential in, showing you what posts and activities are getting the most action from readers. Klout gives you a numerical score that moves based on your social media activity. There’s even prizes you can get when you achieve certain milestones!
The world of social media is huge, and as a result, can sometimes be confusing or overwhelming. Sign up for these profiles and you’ll be well on your way to forging a unique online identity and brand, thereby increasing and improving your personal reputation.
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