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The Social Explosion

Social media is a part of our life. Face it. If you aren’t at least on Facebook, I commend you, I do, but you should be. Recently, I’ve heard more and more stories from people I know that their lack of social media is preventing them from getting a job. They are getting turned down for positions because they aren’t on social media, or they don’t have a big enough following. Sad but true.

What’s hot? Well, I’d say Instagram and Snapchat right now. Twitter is still active, and with the Presidential campaign going on, it’s a place to get caught up on what the candidates are tweeting and what the journalists and writers are saying. I do notice there is a lot less “sharing” and more of a push for users to roll out their own content. Don’t forget to answer people and share other users tweets. It keeps your timeline active. It’s not all about you. Sharing is caring. You will gain more interaction that way.

Twitter has made some recent improvements too. Locations, photo tagging (so you can leave out names on your actual tweet and have more space for words), and the new night mode is pretty cool too. It gives your eyes a nice break when you scroll through at night or in the morning.

For the record, Twitter is my personal favorite. It might be because of my profession. I love pumping out information in short form and gathering content quickly with a simple search. I follow people of interest, organizations of interest, and co-workers. I also make lists for easy access.

Instagram works so well, because it’s easy. It’s visual. One like, maybe a comment if you feel like it, and you move on. There isn’t a lot of time invested in it. The new Instagram stories are a nice way to add more content without posting tons of pictures and videos to your feed. They go away in 24 hours. They are similar to Snapchat stories. BUT, they are still a bit much. The circles at the top of your home page cause a bit of clutter. The layout may need to change. The direct message response from followers is nice, but you feel obligated to answer them, or at least I do, because I have a hard time ignoring people that take the time to say something nice or ask a question. This creates more work and time. I can totally see how some will like this feature… and others will not.

Snapchat. So what do we do with Snapchat now? It’s still fun and brings in a less invasive crowd. Click, watch, move on. No likes, no comments. It disappears in a day. Also a very easy way to show off your day, push content, and cool images. The filters are silly but fun. People tend to be a bit more “real” on snapchat too. The memories portion is still new, but again, new features take space on the screen and I find that “extra button” gets in my way for a quick send. However, I like saving things for later.

Facebook is Facebook. The fan pages are great, but lately, it seems like the format changes up every week. We lose our initial settings. We can’t share the same way we did or just work in the fan page portion without our home FB page getting in the way. It becomes a little confusing. But, I do like how I can keep that page more work oriented. Pictures, news content, what we are working on… mixed in with behind the scenes stuff. People can comment without limits and they can’t have conversations with each other, which is nice too. You spark open discussions.

This chart cracks me up. It’s really true and shows a great comparison of what different social media sites are used for….

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It’s all A LOT. Isn’t it? But digital is becoming our life. It’s where we find what we want quickly. It’s where we can voice our thoughts and opinions. It’s where we can find a good laugh or get the news we are looking for, in an instant.

I still wonder when all this information will become too much. Can our phones and devices hold it all? Can our brains process all of it without overload. Can our eyes stay focussed after staring at screens?

By the way, all my social media platforms are under @daynaroselli

What’s your favorite place to share and view content?

Be Social, But Respect Privacy.

I have started three blogs, and erased each one.

Today, I am having trouble writing. The first was going to be about honesty, the second was going to be about missing key moments in a friend’s life when you lose touch, and the third was going to be about taking what you learn from failed past relationships into a new one and changing the way you used to be for the better (but wondering if that means you are not yourself.)

I erased them all because each one includes a story, or background. It risks the privacy of people.

I have issues with privacy. I think everyone deserves to have it. I love social media and the internet, but I have also seen many people hurt by it. Over and over again. I know… public figures and celebrities must expect to have many parts of their life exposed. It comes with the territory. But there are limits. It becomes uncomfortable and at some point, a person can feel violated. Sometimes there’s just no reason for it.

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Twitter is the worst, because you can’t erase what someone else writes. It causes panic for some.

Maybe you don’t want people to know you are dating so and so yet, because you aren’t sure of the relationship and it’s just getting started. Maybe you don’t want the world to know you are out sick from work. Maybe you don’t want everyone to know you were at restaurant “A” having a business lunch with someone that could be a potential partner or client.  Should your Realtor tweet you and say they are finding some good stuff for you? Maybe you don’t want everyone to know you are looking to buy a home or move.

There are so many risks.

It’s come to a point where you need to say something up front. It’s an odd conversation to have, because the person may be like, “Huh? I would never do that!” Then it’s uncomfortable from there on out.

I’m not a celebrity, but I could be considered a public figure. The only thing that bothers me, is when people tweet that they see me at a place (not including an event, I expect when I am at a public event that there will be tweeting, that’s how it works.)

It’s when they see me eating lunch or at Wal-Mart. I check my phone. There’s a tweet. “In Wal-Mart shopping next to @daynaroselli!”

I feel weird.  You are here, I am here… you know what I look like, I don’t know what you look like. Sooooo, are you behind me right now? Are you across the aisle? Are you looking at me over the clothes rack? I suddenly feel uncomfortable!!

Just say hello instead of tweet me. Please. Feel free to tweet me after.

I know many public figures and celebrities that are told they MUST use twitter. Everyone is on it. They must promote themselves  and make that connection with their audience or fans. For the most part that’s true. However, it is an adjustment for those that like to keep their private life PRIVATE. Some people put a lot more out there than others. I think that’s okay. It describes your personality. It’s an important tool, but it can also be managed and used the right way.

My tips: Post pictures, just don’t say where you are (or say it afterward.) If someone tweets you something personal, respond with a funny answer. There are ways to avoid the pressure. Don’t take it so serious. Use it how you want to use it. You are in control of what comes from your account.

It has certainly been beneficial for me. I have been able to brand myself. Create my own me. It gives me a space to spread my content, ideas, thoughts, and news that I cover.

Remember though, respect people’s privacy. Keep that in mind. If you wouldn’t want it out there, maybe that person doesn’t either. We control what we write and how we respond, but we can’t control what others write.

Something to keep in mind. That’s all.

P.S. I may still write about those first three topics I mentioned, at a later date. Once I figure out how to better position the stories.