Social media is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “a websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” However, people are pushing the boundaries, going outside the norm and getting creative in how they use certain social media platforms. Here’s my Top Ten creative and slightly unorthodox uses of social media platforms.
1. The Hashtag Killer
2. Twitter Heart Monitors
This device will not only measure your pulse but it will also tweet your friends and family who are about you. Click here to read the full article.
3. Twitter used for Saving Lives.
A group went out skiing in the Alps and two of them went missing. By using Twitter and Google Maps the two missing skiers were found by search and rescue. Click here to see the link.
4. Social Media Diets
If you have an account with Twitter you can access and start your own food diary. Their slogan is Tweet What You Eat to Lose Weight Through Social Media Pressure. If you want to read more click here.
5. Twittering Surgeons
Surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital are using Twitter to teach teaches and share step-by-step with students. If you want to read more and watch a video about these savvy surgeons click here.
6. Cops use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to catch perps
We all remember the riot after the Stanley Cup and it was thanks to social media that some of these perpetrators who were involved in this heinous crime were brought to justice. The best part is, is that some of these perpetrators have such low self esteem and want to belong that they themselves took this incriminating videos or photos of themselves and posting them. Here is a link to an article from NBC News that’s talks more about it.
7. Facebook House Swap
Now people can use Facebook to Rent or Trade Vacation Homes. If you want to read more about this click here.
8. Using Twitter and Facebook as an Early Warning System
Watch this video here to learn more.
9. Presidential Campaigns
It’s not enough anymore to shake a few hands, kiss a baby and run a few ads on TV anymore. Today if you want to win you need to turn to social media and start engaging with some of your younger voter demographic. Here a link to an article on how Obama won using social media.
10. Fighting Wildfires
A company by the name of Gnip worked with VisionLink to track a wildfire in Boulder, Colorado. They tracked tweets and posted photos in real-time to see what areas were cut off and see where the evacuation routes were. Click here if you would like to read more.
Well thanks for reading my post, that was my Top Ten creatively uses of social media. Do you know any other creative ways that social media has been used???