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The New Media Literacies. I deleted my Facebook app (and it’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time) — Higher Thoughts. Lately I’ve been considering what’s important and useful as far as my digital world goes — particularly on my phone.

I deleted my Facebook app (and it’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time) — Higher Thoughts

Really, the only thing that’s suuuper important to me is Medium (because it’s where I write these posts). Twitter is kind of nice. I’ve started a couple meaningful relationships on there and usually shoot my posts through to my account, but 90% of the time, it sits unused. So this is where my deletion binge started. Yes, I deleted my Twitter account… For about an hour. Next was LinkedIn. Boom. Next was the Facebook app. Just a few minutes here... Sweet!

But those minutes add up. Something was calling me to delete it. It was like leaving an old girlfriend. And then I’d pull out my phone… And she —erm, it — wasn’t there. Soon, I started missing it. Oh, the euphoric dopamine dump! But after my withdrawals subsided, the clouds parted. See, here’s the thing… The World's 21 Most Important Social Media Sites and Apps in 2015. The concepts behind “social networking” aren’t anything new – ever since there have been humans, we have been looking for ways to connect, network, and promote with one another – but they’ve taken on an entirely new meaning (and momentum) in the digital age.

The World's 21 Most Important Social Media Sites and Apps in 2015

Where we used to have handshakes, word-of-mouth referrals, and stamped letters, today’s relationships are often begun and developed on LinkedIn, Google +, and Facebook. 4 Ways Indie Musicians Are Killing Social Media. This guest post was written by Joshua Smotherman (@midtnmusic), co-founder of the Middle Tennessee Music blog.

4 Ways Indie Musicians Are Killing Social Media

In an ideal world I would wake up in the morning to a fresh cup of hot coffee. I would enjoy it as I check my e-mail and skim social networks to check up on friends and my favorite bands. I would immerse myself in an online community of music lovers, songwriters, and musicians sharing, caring, and building with each other… NOT blasting commands to “check out my new hottest thing”. I see enough billboards on the interstate. In this world: Bands would stop acting like rock stars and start acting like leadersThey would build self-sustaining tribesThey would listen to their fansThey would understand that growing organically will always win over view counts As a music blogger, my inbox would NOT be full of one-liners and YouTube links I only see as distractions.

Unfortunately, this world does not exist. What are we doing wrong, you say? Oh boy…where do I begin? Me, Me, Me Marketing Huh?! 25 Social Media Resources For Musicians - MTT Open. Social Media Resources For Musicians - At this point in time our society at large must have the “news” the instant it happens.

25 Social Media Resources For Musicians - MTT Open

With the evolution of social media this instant gratification is not only possible but prevalent. There are several forums available to the consumer at large the choice is all based on your wants, needs and who you are trying to reach. You may be looking to use a particular type of medium to get your story across or perhaps you’d rather not be limited to 140 characters to say what you have to say. The social media phenomenon has had a profound effect on how businesses run. This change is most noticeable in the music industry where the record label role has drastically changed. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace bring people together, where sites like Spotify, LastFM and 8 tracks allow you to listen to your favorite band or artist free of charge. Connect With People Tumblr- Express yourself using your words, a picture, a video or your favorite quote Resources:

An Honest Look at Social Media for Artists. Guest blogger Jeff Mueller has used social media extensively to further his career as an artist.

An Honest Look at Social Media for Artists

He shares his strategies, frustrations and results. For artists, social media is a different animal compared to how it functions for regular online businesses. Countless people are using social media, and they are utilizing steadfast “Gary Vaynerchuk type” techniques. Vaynerchuk has made his living teaching large companies how to take advantage of social media. Attempting to sell artwork through social media can be a bit more challenging because what we do, as artists, is so personal. Everyone Secretly Hates Their Cell Phone: Here's why. Origins:

Everyone Secretly Hates Their Cell Phone: Here's why.

Things WhatsApp Facebook Twitter and Instagram can’t give. Things WhatsApp Facebook Twitter and Instagram can’t give.

Things WhatsApp Facebook Twitter and Instagram can’t give.

A couple of days back I had the wonderful chance to talk to a dear friend after a really long time. We met by chance, and cancelled all our schedules and went to a coffee shop. Reason why I love her is that she didn’t think twice before cancelling her schedules. 5 trends that will change how we use social media in 2016. It’s been a memorable year in social media. 2015 saw the birth of live social streaming, with apps like Periscope and Meerkat winning over early adopters.

5 trends that will change how we use social media in 2016

Snapchat fully shed its reputation as a niche network and now counts more than 200 million active users. Meanwhile, video dominated social headlines, with Facebook users now logging an estimated 8 billion video views a day (even more than on YouTube, by some counts).