John: Why do they call you the social media girl?
: I branded myself as the Social Media
Girl. I wanted to display my ability for branding and I believe that the best way to show what you are able to do for a brand
is by displaying what you can do for your personal brand. I decided to go with the Social Media Girl, because that is how I am introduced a lot! As any girl who works social media may know, people tend to refer to you as that.
John: Why is social media such a big part of how we interact online?
Cynthia: Social media is a place where we can find like-minded individuals and perspective. Most people don’t have someone in their life who can understand every single passion, interest or pursuit that they are after. Social media allows us to discuss and find out information about the things that can be difficult to find in our personal lives. Also, we have gone through so many years of brands advertising to us and at us and telling us that they are “the best” and in social media it’s all about what people are saying about you and not what you say about yourself. This allows us to get well-rounded perspectives and information on companies and brands before we invest time or money into them.
John: How is Social Media changing the world we live in today?
Cynthia: Social media is blurring the lines between cultural differences, educational differences, political differences, etc… We now have a tools that allows us to reach out to anyone, mostly anywhere and have a conversation or ask a question. We no longer have the right to accept a stereotype or judgement to be true without seeking the truth for ourselves. If we are questioning a way of life or perspective, we can and we must reach out and ask the appropriate questions, because we now have access to the source. I believe that social media is helping us hold people accountable for what they say and do, and it’s giving us opportunities to make friends in all areas of the world with people from all sorts of backgrounds in life.
John: Is Social Media here to stay?
: Social media as it is now is not here to stay and we should hope that it isn’t. The concept and idea of social media will remain, however, it will evolve and change just as anything in life should. The world must keep pushing forward and people will demand newer and better ways to connect. The newer generation is already changing the game. As of last week, Twitter
took the throne from Facebook
and became teenagers’ new favorite social media site. We saw the evolution of Friendster
to Myspace to Facebook and that trend will keep going.
John: What is the definition of Social Media?
Cynthia: I actually wrote a blog post about this! The definitions we have now are horrible. Social media is a representation and documentation of society. It is not simply a platform to discuss and share, but it is a tool that promotes and allows progress in our world. Most people would compare the invention of social media to the invention of the telephone, but I would compare it to the invention of roads, cars or planes. It is taking us places and showing us new things. It is allowing us to be mobile and free to roam new worlds. Short answer, I don’t have a definition set in my mind yet, but I do know that I have yet to hear one that was suitable.
: Google Plus is the way of the future. Those are my thoughts. Google
is integrating social with search. They are using your social reputations and using that to add to the level of importance each business or person has for certain keywords or for a certain industry. They hold the keys and we all need to jump on board or be left behind.
John: What is #TheSMGirl chat on Twitter ?
Cynthia: #TheSMGirl chat is a social media chat that I hold every Monday at 1PM (PST). I was receiving a lot of emails with questions and ideas from people I spoke with on social media and I realized that there was an audience. People who needed a place where they could ask questions and get advice on social media marketing, social media for SEO, getting a job in social media and the importance of it and how to implement it. I know I don’t know everything and this chat allows for new voices who may have the answers that I don’t have to step in and help someone out. Plus, the connections and the community that has evolved from it is quite amazing and I hope that it will continue to grow.
John: Do you have any bloggers, entrepreneurs and/or innovators you look up to?
: Yes, I have a few. I really admire Harper Reed
, he was the CTO
for Barack Obama
’s 2012 re-election campaign. I also admire the late Alice Pyne, she was a young teen blogger with terminal cancer. Alison blogged about her cancer and her journey to completing her bucket list. She is the reason myself and many others became bone marrow donors.
John: Would you label yourself as a self made entrepreneur?
Cynthia: I am definitely not a self made entrepreneur. Everything that I have accomplished in my life and in my career can be attributed to a number of people. I have many people to thank.
John: Why do you have two websites TheSMGirl.com and CynthiaLive.com?
Cynthia: I have CynthiaLIVE.com for blogging about anything social media related and for bookings or questions. I have TheSMGirl.com to eventually showcase some of my Twitter chat highlights and to create a community or a place where people can go to catch up after the chat.
John: What is your favorite social media website and why?
Cynthia: I love Twitter. It’s short, to the point and in real time. Twitter is full of possibilities and who doesn’t love possibilities?
John: How did you come up with the name the TheSMGirl?
Cynthia: Well I go by The Social Media GIrl, but it proved to be too long of a hashtag to add to a Twitter chat, so I shortened it and that’s where it stayed.