Social media tools are the effective platform to reach the targeted audience. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that networking tools enable a person to reach the audience possible with an optimal investment of time. However, the aim should be to use the attention you get to good effect.
If you are looking at brand building, you have to learn how your activities form a coherent whole. You need to be consistent and credible. Social media is like a puzzle that people put together to form a picture of you. The gap between how people think you to be and how you truly are, depends on how you use social media. If you use social networking media in a disorderly way, you shouldn’t be surprised if stuffs don’t go according to plan.
You are judged by what you say, how you say it and whom you frequent. These things reflect the choices you have made in your life. If you hang out with the abusive, nasty, ill-tempered people on Twitter all the time then that is what people are going to identify you with. If you post sexy pictures of yourself on Flickr, then people are not going to be that interested in your PhD in nuclear physics.
What this means is that you’re judged by what people have in front of them, though limited, but crucial information, that they can gather from societal networking sites. People will jump to conclusions and you will be hanging until proven innocent. Therefore, you should be clear about who you are, whatever your socio-cultural values are and wherever you draw a line between openness and an information glut, right at the beginning.
In order to run a successful social media operation, you have to choose your venues which you can link to your blogs in an effective manner. Your blog should represent the best of you. That is where you give your best stuff and reinforce the positive notion people have about you.
For instance, on Twitter you can chat, share guest posts, comments and pictures. Also, participate in forums which have something to do with your activities and your audience. Above all, use a coherent nickname, avatar and style in places where you want your links to be made. You should also connect all profiles to your blog site and also link to the relevant networking sites.
Use Twitter and Flickr to link from your site or through your pictures. You can thus use social media tools to build your connections, but you should take care of your privacy settings and watch what you say.