My name is Koka Sexton and I’ve been a junkie for longer than I can remember. I even like to do it at work. It must be going on 20 years now but my use has increased exponentially more over the past several years. Social media addiction has been a battle that I’m losing and I’m loving Generation YOU. Unlike other addictive substances, I think social media is something everyone young and old should be a part of and as often as possible. Here are some of my favorite social media links.
I would think the reality is that most of the people I know and the people reading this post suffer from this addiction also. Good for us. Social media is a way for family’s to stay connected, keep in touch with friends and even promote your business. I don’t even know how many social media sites there are out there from Facebook to Twitter and the other thousands of places people stay connected through blogs and forums. The first part of recovery is the admission of your addiction and then to expose yourself to a group that can help with the healing process. My readers are my support group and before there’s an intervention, I’ll share with you my favorite social media sites of choice.
Facebook is like crack
I started using Facebook the same reason most people do. I wanted a way to keep in contact with all of the friends I have grown up with, gone to school with and served in the Army with. I’ve been told I post too much but when you have something to share, you better put it on Facebook. Facebook is like the social media hub for most of the people I know. My Twitter, blog and other updates are fed into Facebook like a hungry child. I used to be picky about who I “friended” but with the privacy controls I have a good handle of making sure certain updates are only seen by my closest friends and family. I like being able to log in and see what my friends have been up to, pictures they’ve shared and every other update they pass along.
FriendFeed is a Speed Ball
I follow a lot of content and produce feeds for more things than I want to admit. I started using FriendFeed as a way to aggregate these RSS feeds and never really had the intent on using it for it’s social features but that didn’t last very long. From my personal feeds, news and social media, FriendFeed lets me see EVERYTHING streaming across the web that I may have otherwise missed. I started getting alerts to people following my FriendFeed and was wondering why. I guess some other people have similar interests and wanted to see what I was spreading around.
StumbleUpon is a True Addiction
I don’t even know where to start with this. Stumbleupon is a vortex that sucks you into a quantum parallel universe. You can NEVER just click the StumbleUpon button on the toolbar once. It only takes one click and the next thing you know, it will be two hours later and you only have brief memories of the past 200 websites you just ran through at a blinding pace.
This is no surprise to people that know me. I am a Twitter fanatic and get my fix 140 characters at a time. I think I have something posted on Twitter several times a day. Besides my personal Twitter profile which only has a small 1,500 followers, I have a few others that I started over time just to have something to feed my addiction further. I started a social media Twitter feed that has gained over 8,000 followers, a business / sales twitter profile that has grown to over 3,000 additional followers. Each of the Twitter profiles have an associated WordPress blog that was created because obviously I have that much free time. (well…I used to) It never started off as a way to see how many followers I could get, thought I do enjoy that so many people do. I just wanted a place to share links that I thought were interesting and maybe give an opinion or two.
These are my regular haunts and there are more but I don’t want to spend all day writing about the social media profiles I have scattered across the web. I forget sometimes myself so I have to Google myself just to find them. Are you just as addicted to me? What are your favorite social media sites to stay connected.