We live in a world where everything we do is virtual. Practically everything we do is online and much of our online attention is via the entertainment of social media. Social media is so popular that mobile devices – as well as computers offer the apps for social media for free. There are many social media avenues such as blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, MySpace, GooglePlus, DeviantArt, LiveJournal, Ning, CafeMom, Tagged, YouTube, Orkut, Flickr, Meetup, mylife, and Multiply. These are some of the most popular social media sites with at least 3,000,000 visitors or more monthly.What makes these social media sites so popular? Several reasons, many use it to help market their businesses, it is a great influential tool for people’s lifestyles online (for instance, individuals may have more courage to give a political opinion online rather than face-to-face), people’s curiosity into what others are doing, and more. It’s habit-forming – but, be aware, once you start it can be addictive and time consuming.
As part of our Social Media series, we will be looking at the various options. Today we compare Twitter and Pinterest. There is still more to come in the realm of social media. This is proven in both Twitter and Pinterest. Twitter is one of the largest social media forums nationwide. Twitter uses hashtags to spin out the most trending topics for people to keep up to date with. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media sites. Pinterest uses the pinning systems to visually communicate with other users. Both Twitter and Pinterest are means of sharing. Twitter is more for quick bursts of information, and Pinterest more for visual sharing. Twitter is fast paced whereas Pinterest gives the user a moment to slow down and enjoy the visual communication.