How do you use social media?

The term “social media” is subject to many different definitions and interpretations. To make it simple: for my purposes, if you’re reading this blog, you’re a user of social media. If you ever listen to podcasts, you use social media. If you’re on Twitter, you’re a social media user.

But why do you use social media? I’m running an informal Condorcet poll at Please click on the link and follow the instructions to rank your uses of social media (blogs, podcasts, and Twitter). I’m testing some theories, and I’ll give you a tentative report next week.

Please repost links to this poll. Thanks!


1 thought on “How do you use social media?”

  1. I use social media, essentially, for three reasons: 1) To meet new people from all over the world who are doing exciting things; 2) To stay abreast of news (social media, especially twitter, is much more efficient than traditional news-gathering sources); and 3) to keep in touch with my friends scattered literally around the world.

    One more word on the subject: more than a passing fad, social media, and this is especially true of twitter, is doing something wholly new with communication. I can’t tell you exactly what that is, let alone what it will become, but I can tell you it is far less random and far more informative, let alone narcisstic, than it appears at first glance.

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