IBOA International

The Independent Business Owners Association International, Inc. (IBOAI) is the advocacy organization for North American Independent Business Owners (IBOs) affiliated with Amway®. The IBOAI advises Amway on every facet of the North American business, from products and promotions to operations and business guidelines. The IBOAI and Amway are dedicated to partnering for success with your input, support and participation.

Social Media and Their Rules

What are "social media"? Social media are websites that allow people to gather online to interact or contribute content. The key word is social, because people gather on social media sites to connect with others to interact socially.

Previously, we introduced you to the five social media sites of keenest interest to Amway North America IBOs: Examples include Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. You should also be aware of an existing yet still significant group of social media sites: blogs. Three examples include Blogger (Blogspot), TypePad, and WordPress.

Feel free to enjoy the social nature of the Internet to meet new people and learn new things, share great ideas, and provide much needed support and input. However, be aware that like much of the Internet there is also a negative side to social media sites. For instance, social media sites are public – nothing public is ever totally private. Social media sites are often highly valued as free speech forums, with an emphasis on saying whatever is on your mind rather than what is true or provable. And social media sites have frequently come under attack by hackers who spread viruses and steal identities.

Here is some basic information about each site with a list of advantages and disadvantages.