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RVers Quick & Simple Guide to Social Media


This post is meant to be a quick primer for all you RVers out there that may be still be in the learning stages of this whole Social Media revolution. We still have email and standard websites to plan our RV trips and communicated back home and with each other. But there is a great slew of new web technologies that have been born recently and can be a great benefit to travelers like us. I will try to explain how each of these Social Media Technologies can enhance your RVing experience

Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Social media technologies take on many different forms including magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, microblogging, wikis, social networks, podcasts, photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking.. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media

 

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Internet Forums

These have been around the longest and one of my favorite ways to interact with fellow RVers. Usually the forum is broken down in to many subcategories. Say you want to only read about Fifth Wheels, you can select that group and the discussions will only revolve around that topic. Most of the forums have a built-in search function allowing you to search the topics and discussions. This is tremendously valuable for gathering information. Say your campers hot water heater isn't working, a quick search for your problem likely yields many conversations (called threads) having to do with broken hot water heaters and likely solutions. Here are the best forums I've found on the web for RVers: RV.Net RV-Dreams IRV2 RV Forum and specific to my rig is the Keystone RV Forum. A quick Google search will likely turn up a forum for yours.

 

Blogs

Just like the one your reading now, blogs are a great source of information, entertainment and community. There are a ton of RV blogs out there. Some are very dry and technical while others are whimsical and hilarious. Each blog takes on the personality of it’s owner/writer. But whatever your interest there is a blog for you. Once you find blogs with content and a style you like it’s easy to follow them. Most have email updates and content feeds that alert you when new articles are posted. I think of them a little like personal magazines sent to your email box. One of the great benefits of blogs is the author can include much more rich content than many other forms of Social Media. There are fewer restrictions on size and amount of photos, videos, etc. and greater flexibility in how the content is displayed. Here are some of my favorite RV blogs to follow: WheelingIt The Good Luck Duck Technomadia RVSueandHerCanineCrew The Lowes RV Adventures

 

Facebook

Facebook is huge with around a billion members. It seems most of my family and friends are on it and is the best way to stay in touch with people back home while on my RV adventures. An interesting evolution of Facebook is new ability for people and companies to create pages. If you go to Facebook and do a search and select search for a page there is a wealth of information and community to do with RVing. If you find an interesting page and "like" it then posts from that page will appear in your Facebook feed. I find most of the National Parks have pages now and many campgrounds have come on board. Many times their Facebook pages have better and more current information than the official websites do. Also users will post photos and opinions right to the page enhancing the dialogue. Companies usually have a Facebook page too. Visiting their page is a great way to communicate about an issue your having with their product or to get information on new products. It's easy to ignore you on email but harder to do so in a public forum.

 

Twitter

Twitter is great for RVers on the move. I find it most useful on my mobile devices because the tweets are limited to 140 characters and ideal for the small screens. It's a great way to stay in touch in real-time with people your following and have valuable information pushed to you. Many of the National and State Parks use twitter now to announce special events, promotions or weather alerts. Tweets now include photos and videos. I follow many of the National Park steams and love to see the photos tweeted real-time of the park. This winter while down south I've enjoyed the winter scenes in @YosemiteNPS and @YellowstoneNPS. I also use Twitter to follow the adventures of fellow RV travelers and see what things they are up to and tweet out what I'm doing and seeing. It's a great way to connect. If you would like to follow me my handle is @LoveYourRV.

 

Google Plus

A recent player to the social network game but growing quickly is Google+ . Although you don’t find as many friends and family on it like Facebook I believe it is an outstanding platform for discovering people with a passion for something and share it with them. It is super easy to discuss, post photos, videos, links, etc. The newest feature is really exciting. It is called Communities. You can search for and find communities of people who are interested in a subject. For example I belong to National Parks and California & Western US Landscapes. Everyday there are dozens of new photos posted in these communities for me to admire and comment on. Also Google Plus has a feature called circles where you can divide who you follow in to different circles. So I have an RV related circle and if I want to share something about RVing I can target only that group, not everyone following me on Google Plus. If you want to give G+ a whirl you can find my Love Your RV community there, come join us!

 

Pinterest

Do you like to look at photos? If yes then Pinterest is the place for you. Sometimes I can get lost for hours surfing around looking at all the interesting things folks have pinned to their boards. I think it is so popular because it’s so simple to use. You create boards, like a pin-up board in real life. Then add photos, ones you upload or photos you see on the web. Others are out there doing the same thing , creating boards and pinning photos to them. When you find an especially interesting collection you can follow that pinner and other pinners can follow your collections. All the photos can be “liked” or commented on and re-shared off one board and on to another. Click here to see and follow my Pinterest boards.

Conclusion

Those are the main social media technologies I use to enhance my RVing experience and to connect with my fellow RV Travelers. There are many, many more but since this is a simple guide I don’t want to get to bogged down discussing every one out there. Several others I use and you may wish to explore are YouTube, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. Hopefully this has helped RVers who are a little intimidated by all the Social Media jargon to better understand the options available.



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Thanks Ray!!!! ......good info to Know,I just learned a new one to Share





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OK, Ray.

Now the questions begin.  Let me start.

I've heard from folks far more knowledgeable than myself that Facebook can be a good way of getting viruses and other malware.  Are any of the one's you listed "safe" to use or are there recommended procedures or "what-not" that users should use to protect themselves?

It took a bit of encouraging from others before I even started a blog.  Sadly, I'm not even very good with keeping that up.  I need to get back to writing.

Terry



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You know, I use facebook daily and have never gotten a virus from it. I am careful about what I click on. If you click on any of the "OMG, look at what I found!" type posts, or "click on this to win a free Macbook" posts, then, yes, you will get a virus, but as long as you are careful about what you click on, you aren't likely to get a virus. At least that's been my experience.

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Terry and Jo wrote:

OK, Ray.

Now the questions begin.  Let me start.

I've heard from folks far more knowledgeable than myself that Facebook can be a good way of getting viruses and other malware.  Are any of the one's you listed "safe" to use or are there recommended procedures or "what-not" that users should use to protect themselves?

It took a bit of encouraging from others before I even started a blog.  Sadly, I'm not even very good with keeping that up.  I need to get back to writing.

Terry


 Hey Terry, they are safe for the most part. It's best to use your common sense, if something seems fishy it likely is. Just never give over any informtion. Billions use these networks and 99.99 % never have an issue. I find Facebook to be the hardest to deal with, they seem to change there interface so often. It's in these companies best interests to keep there products safe from malware and viruses. IMHO they are likely safer than the web in general. Just make sure your computer is updated and running an antivirus and you'll be fine.

I think people that get in to trouble are the ones that play little game applications and get sucked in by there own greed, same as it's always been for email scams and threats.

Google Plus would be the safer than Facebook as it doesnt really have any third party apps like FaceBook.



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Many of younger set are moving much of their real social interaction to Tumblr since they can use fake names and control who sees their posts easily. All I am on is Google+ and it is enough for me.

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Great points ... I have saved for future reference and reading ... BTW .... I saved it in a new online tool I use daily. It's called EVERNOTE.

This free program is like virtual sticky notes ... you register with a username and password and create individual notes, or even whole notebooks as if they are a 3-ring binder filled with sticky notes.

You can attach a video or audio file to a note ... there are MANY many tips & tricks in an eBook about how to really use this program, but it's VERY VERY simple to use.

You can access it from your smart phone or any web browser ... great for to-do lists, grocery lists and even taking notes ... I never leave home without it (because it' always in the cloud) -- it even saves your notes every few minutes as you are typing -- and I can get to it no matter where I am... no more leaving my grocery list at home or in the car :)

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I've heard a few people rave about Evernote, I'll have to check it out. Thanks
rvingft wrote:

Great points ... I have saved for future reference and reading ... BTW .... I saved it in a new online tool I use daily. It's called EVERNOTE.

This free program is like virtual sticky notes ... you register with a username and password and create individual notes, or even whole notebooks as if they are a 3-ring binder filled with sticky notes.

You can attach a video or audio file to a note ... there are MANY many tips & tricks in an eBook about how to really use this program, but it's VERY VERY simple to use.

You can access it from your smart phone or any web browser ... great for to-do lists, grocery lists and even taking notes ... I never leave home without it (because it' always in the cloud) -- it even saves your notes every few minutes as you are typing -- and I can get to it no matter where I am... no more leaving my grocery list at home or in the car :)


 



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Evernote is great, just remember to sync before and after making changes so it doesn't get conflicting changes.



-- Edited by bjoyce on Saturday 23rd of February 2013 05:26:43 PM

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Here's another one to consider: Meetup, http://www.meetup.com
It's a way to find interest groups that do things in your area. Because we are traveling I have to change the area when we move, but it's a great place to find local knowledge and activities about things like birding, kayaking, RVing, biking, photography...anything you like to do really. You get email announcements and I have never been hassled in any way from it. It is not invasive or commercial.

Edit by moderator: Activated link.  Terry



-- Edited by Terry and Jo on Saturday 16th of March 2013 08:34:09 AM

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Country Dancer wrote:

Here's another one to consider: Meetup, http://www.meetup.com
It's a way to find interest groups that do things in your area. Because we are traveling I have to change the area when we move, but it's a great place to find local knowledge and activities about things like birding, kayaking, RVing, biking, photography...anything you like to do really. You get email announcements and I have never been hassled in any way from it. It is not invasive or commercial.


 That's a good one, my wife Anne has mentioned it to me in the past, she finds it very useful for photography.

 

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