A Talk On Social Media

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle is not shortened.” – Buddha

Recently just gave a primer on Social Media integration for web developers and students in Eton Cyberpod in a Tipidpc.com event.  Social Media professionals come few and far between here in the Philippines. There are many who claim that they are gurus but know less to squat or just learned how to link stuff on Facebook. I pity companies who happen upon these pretenders and I loathe them for ruining the name of Social Media consultants everywhere. Sorry for the rant but I just had to get it out there.

I’ve organized seminars before and they have always been very encouraging. I’ve also written talks before on several topics; one on Video Games as a primer for educators and parents, another on which CMS to use, the recent Social Media Primer and many more. On this seminar, I was surprised by the turnout. The organizers, PinoyWebDev.org and Tipidpc.com expected and provided seats for 20 but 180 showed up. Talk about underestimation. Anyway and in retrospect, we should have booked a bigger venue.

This particular talk centered around how to effectively use social media platforms such as facebook, twitter, etc to better websites not just to increase traffic but to also create interactivity and more meaningful content. It got a great number of favorable responses. I still think I need to put more detail into the powerpoint though. I discussed too many things which were not indicated on the powerpoint presentation. Hopefully I can sort it out on the next talk. But I digress. What I really want to say is for web developers. Creating a website is one thing, creating one that, by its design and nature, make it easier for traffic to come in, is quite another.

I highly recommend that web developers study this particular topic even if you don’t intend to be social media consultants. Knowledge of the topic is very advantageous should you pursue your profession.