Top 5 Tips for Using Social Media--
These should actually go without saying, but for whatever reason, it seems they do not. As social media continues to be a staple in our lives, we must remember to keep it in its proper place.
Here are some tips:
1. Make the most of your use, but don't use too much.
Social media is a great tool. It allows us to connect with people we might not if we didn't have it, but it also allows us to meet new people. This can be great for business, professional development, and also personal growth. The downfall of social media is when it becomes a replacement for human interaction. Sure, some people are shy and this is helpful for the introverted. But, we must be certain to keep the live interaction present in our world. Let the network connect us, yet push us to personally engage with one another. It's ok to put your phone down some times.
2. Only post when you're calm.
Drunk texting, Twitter ranting, and other electronic forms of venting are so common these days. Your emotions can often take over, but be careful when having your smartphone in your hand or your computer near. Even though many platforms now allow for deleting, things can never really be completely gone. The minute you post, someone sees it and can make record of it forever. Don't create a transcript of regret.
3. Post with purpose.
Some say social media is a means for making people care about things they generally wouldn't. You're Facebook friends and follow them on Instagram--but no one wants to be flooded with too much from 1 source. It compromises the content. If you share on social media for business or pleasure, make your posts worth it. Less is more.
4. Don't be afraid to disconnect.
If for whatever reason you're not getting what you want from another social media user, or maybe getting too much--unfollow, unfriend. Having a high number of followers is great, but if you're not receiving the benefits of your network, change it up. There's no harm in social media shopping. You should get the most out of your experience.
5. Be positive.
Unfortunately, there's more than enough bullying in real life. We don't need it on the web, too. Offer content and posts to help people or be neutral. Don't take anger or aggression out on the internet, and don't put others down on the worldwide web. The effects are far too harmful sometimes to retract. Post with positivity.
We're certain these are obvious to you, but a reminder never hurts.