Engage, enquire, listen, take an interest, seek out like-minds, involve, share ... respond, reciprocate, develop.
This has NOTHING to do with pushing products or services, this is about developing thoughts, acquiring leads into new avenues of enquiry, dropping hints and serendipity.
Increasinly however these three are functioning in the same way, however different they look.
Like ink drops in a tank of water
The visualised option is YouTube, Flickr and Tumblr (I'm yet to develop content for Pinterest)
Blogs are more sedate, more inclined to asynchronicity, whereas with Facebook I find at various times of the day (depends on the person) the messages become synchronous.
An iPad and iPhone (or any similar device) is crucial. With some people the more immediate the response the great the level of engagement, like one hand being placed on top of another the thoughts come thick and fast.
With many ways into social media I've opted for a paid service. Content Wisdom. For a monthly sub I get to dip into a catalogue of video based, lecture-like presentations as well as joining a regular webinar.
Join me on Linkedin, I'm active in various e-learning groups.
Join me on Twitter 'jj27vv' where I am making various lists to follow conversations on e-learning
Don't come find me on Facebook! Friends, family and face-to-face contact first is my rule here.
Wordpress. 16 blogs and rising, by My Mind Bursts is the main outlet and at last approaching 1,000 entries which are usefully themed on e-learning (post graduate theory and e-learning for business) and creativity (writing and producing fiction, and creative problem solving)