I didn’t use MySpace. I was at a point in my life where I felt I was too old for it. (Yes, I just dated myself.) But when Facebook opened up to the public, I was curious and signed up. I was a mom blogger, and this social media “thing” would be a great way for me to share my posts. Talk about content marketer in the making.
And the rest is history.
I enjoy learning about others’ background. There’s a meme that shows up every so often on how it’s never to late to be a success. At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA. Also at age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. The list continues on with other notable failures… and then describes how that path led them to where they are today.
So I wanted to know, how did our community members get started in social media. Maybe they fell into it. Maybe it was peer pressure. Maybe it was because of a job. Whatever it was, I was curious about their journey and how it’s changed from then to now.
And that bring us today’s #CMWorld Twitter chat. We opened the floor up to our community, and boy, it was a fun discussion. Here’s a quick look at our conversation. If you’d like to see more tweets from the chat, be sure to check out our Twitter Moment.
PS, if you would like to take the next step in your social media journey and be a guest on our chat, feel free to DM us. We’re on Twitter every Tuesday at noon Eastern.
A1: MySpace was first social platform (outside of AIM). All the cool kids were doing it. I loved spending time designing and curating my page – and then refreshing it often. Early content strategy. #cmworld https://t.co/o1lcHYIzZm
— Anne Buehner (@AnneRipley) February 5, 2019
Hi, all! I wasn’t attracted to social media until Twitter. It hooked me in right away with its vibrancy and connecting with cool people, and later for my involvement with chats. I started with posting about my blog but soon everything else. (I signed up for FB first.) #CMWorld A1 https://t.co/xKxtMPrsK9
— Jeremy Bond (@JeremyDBond) February 5, 2019
A1: Back in the last century, all the cool kids were getting on @facebook, so all us parents did too, to see what was up (not to spy or anything). That was the end of FB for the youngsters. Sorry, kids. #CMWorld
— Mike Myers 🤠 (@mikemyers614) February 5, 2019
Social media was relatively new to me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The safe choice to start was #LinkedIn, followed by #Facebook. Surprisingly, I joined #Twitter as part of an assignment in #marketing class. A1 #CMWorld https://t.co/POC9LRZqk1
— Roselle Cronan (@MahoutMkt) February 5, 2019
A1: The possibility to connect with my friends. I began using Tuenti, an spanish network similar to Facebook. #CMWorld
— Pablo López (@popiplo) February 5, 2019
— Aaron Dunn (@AaronDunnWorks) February 5, 2019
A2. I share enough for people to know my personality but not so much that they know too many of my personal details. #cmworld
— Elena Salazar (@elenacsalazar) February 5, 2019
— Nimble (@Nimble) February 5, 2019
— Kathryn Lang (@Kathrynclang) February 5, 2019
Eww…that’s tricky but I do tend to draw a very firm line in the sand between business & personal stuff on social media.
I ask myself ‘can this information be damaging to me in the future if I put this on a public forum?’
If ‘yes’ then I don’t share.#CMWorld
— Virtuoso Assistant 📩 🎨 (@VirtuosoAssist) February 5, 2019
— Dan Willis (@MLLNNLmotivator) February 5, 2019
A2: I share a bit of personal stuff. I want people to know who I am beyond marketing stuff. That said, I don’t post political statements or things that aren’t anybody’s business by my own…lol. #CMWorld https://t.co/wmh51uNosI
— Jeremy Bednarski (@JeremyBednarski) February 5, 2019
A2) Very little.
I’ve never felt the need to inform people on everything I do (which is why I don’t do IG). I’d much rather save those for actual conversations.
So I typically share the funny stuff, substantial, or things I think will spark some conversations.#CMWorld
— Jason Schemmel – Speaker & Podcaster #GSDChat🎙️🤯 (@JasonSchemmel) February 5, 2019
Do you remember when you first signed up for a social media account? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Want recognition for the work you are doing in social media? The Content Marketing Awardshas several categories honoring the best projects and their use of Twitter, Facebook, and more. You can save on entry fees when you submit before March 8, 2019. So don’t delay and enter today.