So I finally tried to make the big, life-altering switch to a smart phone this weekend. And, uh, trying to purchase an iPhone 4S at Christmastime? Not a good idea. The earliest the one I wanted would ship is Jan. 4. So, alas, I'll have my "dumb phone" until I get back from my vacation in Florida.
But these smart phones--or fancy phones as I like to call them--have apps for everything as I understand it. Including, of course, apps for your favorite social media. That way, you can be plugged in on a semi-permanent basis. Social media in transit.
Most of the writing conferences I've been to recently have been hash tagged and tweeted about while in progress. I learn about what's happening at writing conferences I couldn't attend from Twitter hashtags. My favorite is form of mobile social media is random pics of people's travels, restaurant meals, odd items found in stores, etc. posted on Twitter. And Facebook is not to be left behind. Especially mobile is the semi-stalkerish, slightly creepy Foursquare. I do not participate in Foursquare, as I do not have a fancy phone, but the idea of checking in at various places seems a bit odd to me. Maybe it's just those good old sour grapes. Who knows? Once I obtain my iPhone, I may be Foursquaring it up all over the place (but don't hold your breath...).
In any case, it seems like social media and smart phones and various other mobile devices such as tablets (what happened to net books? Did tablets pretty much kill them?) go hand-in-hand.
How about you? Do you have a smart phone? If so, are you and it attached at the hip (I've heard this will happen to me. And there will be no going back)? Do you use it for social media? If so, how much?