How online social media sites can help you find your muse
Online Social Media Sites have changed the web and the way people interact with media. By logging in or signing up, creative types can share their work, interact with the work of others and find the inspiration that they need. Whatever your creative niche happens to be, there is a site out there for you to join.
Come together now
Online social media sites are a good place to get fresh and original ideas and to interact with other creative types. In order to contribute to a social media site, you do not need to work for a major publishing company or network, you just need to know how to log in and share your thoughts, your stories, your videos or your pictures. This makes these sites powerful tools for creative ideas.
Social Media Versus Traditional
Unlike your traditional media (news programs, magazine articles) social media is both open and interactive. Once an industrial media outlet prints a magazine article, it is no longer subject to change, but if a person writes a blog, it can be continual transformed by both the original writer and by the readers who choose to comment. A television program can take weeks or months to air a show about a current topic, but on a video sharing site; something caught on video can be shown almost instantaneously making it possible for people to view and comment on current happenings as they are happening.
The different types of social media:
- Communication sites: Blogger, Twitter, Facebook
- Collaborative sites: Wiki, SumbleUpon, Digg
- Multimedia Sites: Photobucket, Flicker, Vimeo, Last FM
- Review Sites: Yelp, Epinions, Mouthshut
- Answer Sites: Wiki Answers, Yahoo! Answers, Google Answers
- Entertainment Sites: Second Life, Kongregate
- Art Sites: deviantArt, ArtSlant, Virb
- Dating Sites: Chemistry, Cupid’s Lab
- Language and Culture Sites: Yigg, Wamba
Okay, now that you know all about Social Media sites, I know what you are wondering…
How can this help me find my muse?
I am glad you asked.
Let us say that your creative interest involves photography. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could go someplace where you can share your pictures and get comments as well as view the photos of others and share your artistic ideas?
Thanks to the advent of online social media sites, there are a number of places you can go and do this. You no longer have to rent a gallery, or find a sponsor in order to get your work out there, you simply need to join a site like Flicker or Picasa and then download your work. You also do not need to be invited to a showing in order to see the work of your contemporaries. You simply need to log on and view it and afterward you can even share your thoughts in the form of comments and reviews.
Whatever your creative niche happens to be, there is most likely a social media site out there where you can find others that are likeminded in their artistic vision. Seeking out these sites and sharing your work and even collaborating on the work of others can help you unleash your muse onto the world at large.