Some CREATE others browse. Whatever the case, Social Media has created a distinct behaviour that defines our online personality by Arpan Jennifer Vimal
We have witnessed a massive growth in the use of Social Media, primarily thanks to websites like Facebook and Twitter. Almost all Internet users now interact with social media in some way. Some of us contribute new content while others prefer to simply browse it and occasionally post comments, reviews or bookmark their favorite content for later. Whatever the case, Social Media has had a huge impact on the way we use the Internet to socialize, educate ourselves, do business, and so much more. Most Internet users are addicted to social media and this addiction raised 7 patterns of users that you would probably find on your own social network feeds. This new breed of social media personalities is getting the spotlight today as we look into their ridiculous idiosyncrasies that make the social group they are.
The question is: Which might you be?
While you check out, take a moment to wonder if you have any of the following groups in your friend’s list or followers. Be they the entertainment to your online social life or the source of pet peeves that drive you absolutely insane, know now that there are so massive now, that they get their own name and place in the7 types of social network users.
Creators it at the top and at least once a month publish a blog or article online, maintain a Web page, or upload videos to YouTube, or upload audio/ music, write articles or stories and post them. These are wired, techy people who feel the itch to create digital content to share with others. They use platforms like Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr.
Conversationalists, while not quite as engaged, update their status on a social networking site and post updates on Twitter. These are individuals who update Facebook, LinkedIn, or tweet.
Critics post ratings/reviews of products or services, comment on someone else’s blog, contribute to online forums, and will add/edit articles in a wiki. These are the individuals we rely on so heavily when trying to ascertain whether a product or service is any good, in absence of a reliable word of mouth source. They’ll use Google Reviews, Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Foursquare.
Collectors use RSS feeds, vote for websites online, add “tags” to web pages or photos. These individuals might curate content on Digg or StumbleUpon. They will tag friends on Facebook or Flickr. They use a service like Flipbook or Google Reader to consume site updates via RSS.
Joiners maintain a profile on a social networking site and visit social networking sites. These are the casual participants that are on these networks and swing by from time to time.
Spectators make up the bulk with roughly 3 out of 4 of online. They read blogs, listen to podcasts, watch video from other users, read online forums, read customer ratings/reviews, and read tweets. They might check Facebook on a daily basis but they do not necessarily post content for others in their network to observe.
Inactive is the person who is online but in no way participates in any form of social media. Doesn’t post anything or read anything which is user-generated content. This type is becoming rarer as more websites integrate elements of social media into their website.