I’m not a freak about social media (i.e. people who socialize more on the web than in real life), but I am a part of quite a number of social media…
I have a twitter account that I use to keep up with news from different non-profit organizations that interest me. I’m subscribed to too many news sources at the moment, so I’m looking at cutting those back.
I use my Facebook for almost everything. I find out about campus events, friend’s birthdays, post interesting links/photos/observations, send messages to various groups and individuals, and chat with friends. My favorite aspect is chat because past middle school most people don’t share their AIM, MSN Messenger, or whatever IM service they use like they share their phone number.
I use YouTube to follow my best friend’s Spain Vlog. She’s spending the semester in Spain, and it’s easier than making a Skype date to connect. Plus I can view her pictures faster on a video than I can on Facebook.
I also enjoy discovering new videos on YouTube. You never know what viral video will pop-up next, but you can always find them on YouTube. One of my favorites is Bed Intruder!
I think social media is very useful if you know the purpose of the medium in the first place. I never posted a video on YouTube, but I love sharing videos I’ve found.
The social medium I turn to the most when I’m bored is StumbleUpon. You choose topics, then click on the huge Stumble icon to find a random website. The more you stumble, the smarter your stumbles become, i.e. sites become more of what you like. You can also add sites to Stumble’s archive when you discover interesting sites on your own. StumbleUpon is better than Facebook for college students procrastinating or looking for their next blog topic.