The Report Card: Social Media in 2012

The 2012 Report Card is out. And what can we learn (or gain) from this? Social Media silently overtook most of our lives. Instead of reading the morning papers, you get news being fling in your face (whether you like it or not). In a way, we are getting smarter (and more aware) as no matter what sort of news are being thrown at us, we still tend to read at least the headline. Now that’s a good start to increasing your General Knowledge.

So, the big 5 of Social Media is on the shelves again. It has been a topsy-turvy 2012 for these 5 giants, Facebook’s IPO, Twitter overtaking Facebook, Pinterest appears out of nowhere and not forgetting Instagram’s TOS issue. They all had it good (and bad).

To be honest, I have all 5 of the major players. But what role does it play in my life? Personally, every country uses Social Media differently. Many Asians prefer Facebook over Twitter but many Westerners think vice versa. So, I’ll let you in on my own version of the Top 5.

Facebook
Mainly use it to spy around. Sometimes it make me feel like a stalker. I rarely use FB. Not a big fan but it certainly brought people together. Would you believe that I’m connected to my Primary School mate thanks to FB? Now that is what I call recognition.

Twitter
Love Twitter. Love sharing. Love information. The best place to obtain information (and knowledge). It’s so simple to use. And blardy straightforward. Kudos to that.

Pinterest
The Silent Killer. Popped out of nowhere and became instant Social Media giant. Hands down the best website layout. Clean and simple. Best way to share your instinct-based fingers and brain.

Google+
Still learning. Not too fond of it. It was easy to own a page as majority of us have an Gmail account. But very similar fashion to Facebook. Just a couple of unique improvements.

LinkedIn
Best way to link with professionals (if you are shy). Pure business-minded, this is where you show off to the world what you are good at, and who you know (sometimes). Many users can gain the advantage of LinkedIn, especially HR and Sales.

Which Social Networking sites appeal to you? Share with us your unique thinking. Lets have fun. Your opinions do matter.

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