While you might stumble across a good website when you’re searching for something more specific online, there are many different social media platforms and networks that are specifically dedicated to helping you discover all the emerging and interesting things online.
Many of these networks allow you to make an account and then personalize it for your own style and preferences. Once your preferences are set, you can continue making tweaks, but the information, pictures and messages you see through your networks all reflect your own specific tastes and areas of interest.
Tumblr – Tumblr is a collection of pictures and captions. To use Tumblr, you establish an account and then follow other Tumblr accounts who enjoy the same sorts of things that you do. Usually most “Tumblrs” choose to use an avatar rather than their real personas, and the boards they follow can be from anywhere in the world.
The more accounts you follow, the wider the variety of things in your feed when you log into your own Tumblr account – all of it the sort of thing you’re likely to enjoy. Continue reading
The microblog. We get that it’s a short little burst of text, perhaps peppered with images or links. But why have these short bursts of information become so appealing?
The question implies that we have only recently decided that we like short bits of text and updates. This simply is not true. We have always enjoyed skimming headlines. There are far more headline readers in the heyday of newspaper sales than there were folks who read the thing from cover to cover.
We like to grasp the basic idea of something and then either move on or stick around and learn more. The microblog is simply a new way of reading headlines – lots and lots of headlines.
Why People Post and Follow Micro Blogs
You skim the status updates, images and tweets. Some things make you smile, some you flat out ignore and others catch your attention – what is she talking about here? Or perhaps what is he linking to that everyone thinks is so interesting?
Suddenly you’re doing more than skimming headlines. You’re digging deeper into the network. Perhaps you’re following links to read articles or pulling up older posts to get some background information when something catches your eye.
That may explain why we like to read the microblogs, but why do so many people enjoy writing them?
That part is a bit simpler to explain. The microblog asks you to throw out a quick note, summary or headline. You can then link to more information, but you don’t have to take the time to write everything up in your own words. You can just throw out a quick expression or mention and your job is all but complete. This is often the exact goal in office memos and journalism – making the microblogs a fit in many different areas.
The idea of storing something on the internet isn’t new. You may have been uploading pictures to Facebook for years, for example. But are you really utilizing the full extent of what is available?
But why store things online when you have a desktop or tablet right at hand? The question answers itself nowadays. These things can break, get lost, get stolen, get wet or – yeah – crash. The cloud offers the security of a decentralized location as well as the convenience of being able to access your data wherever you have an internet connection.
Working in the Cloud
There are many different cloud computing options out there, and many have already risen to the top as easy to use and highly functional. Through cloud storage options you’re able to have the cloud software remember your passwords, your internet preferences, your settings and of course any number of documents, files and media uploads.
It seems like just a few years ago that a social network meant the group of friends you had over for pie and vacation slideshows. Or perhaps your friends you chatted with over coffee in the mornings or over bowling shoes at night. Okay, maybe that’s more than a few years ago, but social networks have come a long way from babysitting coops and office parties.
Today a social media network is a similar to the groups of old, but much, much larger. Social media is a term given to various internet platforms and websites where groups of people interact with each other. Usually this involves connecting with people in some way – friends, followers, what have you – and then sharing information, pictures, website links or almost anything else across those networks.
This series of articles will give you a crash-course in the major social media platforms: what they are, how they’re used, and also who they are. The who is an important question because it may seem like there are more options for social sharing than there are blades of grass in the inzone. That’s why we’re starting things off with a rundown of the main social media families and their components as they exist today – as for tomorrow, who knows?
The Family Facebook
The first website that comes to mind for most people when we discuss social networks is Facebook. There was even a movie about the creation of Facebook called – yeah – The Social Network.
Even though a video file is generally much larger than the the average song or track file, most of us still find that it’s music that’s slowly filling up our hard-drive. That’s because most of us are used to working with video media online. Sharing, linking viewing: YouTube and services like it has made cloud computing universal for movies , but when it comes to our personal soundtrack, most prefer to keep their files close to home.
So, how do you manage that ever-growing collection? Suffice it to say everyone’s got some tunes, but what are the best methods and the best tools for managing them? Whether it’s just one folder or 50, there are good and not-so-good ways to keep track of that soundtrack.
Clearing Up the Duplicates
Before you start actually working with your music, you should do a bit of housecleaning first. If your music collection has gotten a bit, well, out-of-hand, start by deleting any duplicated songs on your computer. You know you’ve got some. You can do this manually by seeking out all of your songs and physically deleting them or you can let the software do the work by using a free solution like SlimCleaner to remove duplicates for you.
The thing is about duplicate file finding software is that it not only will do the work of actually looking at all your files, but you can customize it to filter results how you want. Continue reading