If you have children old enough to be on Facebook, then you've probably had plenty of opportunity to use the platform to create “teaching moments” for your kids. There are the obvious lessons - “don’t post pics of yourself you don’t want your Grandma to see” and “don’t use foul language.” Other lessons include teaching your kids how to include or block certain groups when posting things that might be more appropriate for their friends. But last week, I had a moment of real ... Continue Reading
With teens on Facebook and social media sites, it’s easy to find ways to use them as teaching tools.
The relationship that social media has with young girls can not be ignored. Although there are some positive effects, there are also some problematic issues that must be addressed.
Social media has changed how we communicate, learn, and share our lives with each other. From one vantage point, the emergence of social media has been a positive tool in our society. Unfortunately, there is a darker side to this medium. Anything good in the wrong hands can bring negativity, and in the wrong hands social media can cause harm to others, particularly young girls who are often the subject of cyber bullying. Where Did All the Happy Girls Go? Stanford University analyzed a ... Continue Reading
Manage your social media marketing with these top tools for automation.
Whether you’re blogging for fun, as a part-time side income, or as a full-time business - participating in social media can boost your efforts by helping more of your ideal readers find you. Unfortunately, many bloggers fear that using social media for marketing will consume too much of their time. Though there is some truth to the fear that social media can become very time-consuming if not properly managed … THERE IS AN EASIER WAY: There are many options and strategies that can be ... Continue Reading
Learn how and where to best maximize your social media efforts.
The best thing about the Internet, despite the fact that one person can Google anything in the world and become an instant expert, is that you can connect with anyone you want through social media. Social media is “web based technology and applications that turn communication into interactive dialogue” - the perfect place for bloggers and social butterflies to flourish. As a blogger, using social media is a great way to bring new readers to your website and spread the word about new blog ... Continue Reading
Learn the pros and cons for Facebook’s new Timeline for Pages.
In case you missed it, Facebook introduced Timeline for Fan Pages on February 29th. This announcement included some major changes to the look and feel of Fan Pages. The format will be similar to Timeline for personal pages, including a cover photo at the top of the Page. Also similarly, the main section of the page will be divided into two columns, representing the passage of time. Here are just a few of the Pros and Cons you can expect when Timeline for Fan Pages rolls ... Continue Reading
Learn more about Pinterest and why you should be pinning.
Every now and again a new online craze seems to come out of nowhere and grab a hold of us. First it was Facebook and Myspace, then Twitter, and now we have Pinterest. Pinterest is more than just an online social media outlet - it is a virtual pin board that has turned into quite the phenomenon declaring Pin-aholics everywhere. (We even have boards set up for Social Moms). Pinterest gives you the ability to "pin" any and every photo/image you want, by saving and organizing all your favorites ... Continue Reading
Social networking sites allow you to build your blog’s following, catalog your blog content, and provide versatile platforms.
Bloggers already know how powerful Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are for sharing their blog content and attracting readers. But there are many other less publicized social networking sites that offer great resources for bloggers as well. From providing versatile platforms to build your blog’s following, to cataloging your blog content, the following social networking sites are great tools for bloggers: Tumblr – this social networking site gives users the ability to effortlessly share ... Continue Reading
Funny, cool, interesting and random facts about everything from bats to tulips to Woodstock and more from the SocialMoms network.
Every day on Facebook, we get our moms engaged with one another by inviting them to participate in posts and prompts. Last week we asked our Facebook fans to name a totally random fact -- funny, cool, interesting or weird -- that they had learned recently. And boy were there some random facts! From facts about bats dying off to the best tulip bulbs to plan to Woodstock not actually happening in Woodstock, NY, we got it all. We've listed a few of our favorites to help get your creative juices ... Continue Reading
Learn more about today’s social moms and what’s important to women who are active in social media.
A few weeks back, SocialMoms.com and The Lipstick Economy conducted a survey of its members, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers. The goal was to learn more about what’s important to women who are active in social media: the tools they use, where they spend their time, how they view their social media activities, and what’s most important to them. In a finding that should shock nobody on SocialMoms.com, more than half of the moms surveyed -- 51% -- said a full night’s sleep was the ... Continue Reading
Learn how to plan for, build, and cultivate your Twitter following.
Like other social media tools, acquiring and retaining Twitter followers requires a strategy and ongoing effort. When you start a garden you need to first plan your patch and then sow your seeds to eventually produce plants and produce. The same goes for growing your Twitter presence. You need to plan, evaluate your goals, and plant your seeds of effort. Once your garden of Twitter followers germinates and grows, remember not to neglect it. Here’s How: Establishing Your ... Continue Reading