Friday, June 19, 2015

Social Media: 2015 Edition (The Not-So-Good Side)

This is really the part of social media you need to be aware of to fix mistakes. In truth, following number one of the previous list, there is no wrong way to use social media. What we know is some common pitfalls everyone makes. Everyone. So prepare yourself, all ye who enter here.

Social media is a time waster. We are social creatures, we're attracted to receiving feedback and giving feedback. Our brains naturally want social connections even online. That's fine and great until it starts creeping into our productivity. The more time you spend online crafting messages, the less you're working on whatever it is that you do. It only takes thirty minutes to write a blog post. Learn to spend your time accordingly.

I tend to go on my Google Plus profile in infrequent intervals, and I try to keep the same level of interaction same on Twitter. I have a schedule of certain times of the day I can be online. 

Asterisk: In general, the more you do the more you see results, but that's not the same thing as the more you put in, the more you get back. It's possible to be incredibly active for several months, and never receive any significant results. 

You will not know what you're doing. It's part of the growing process, but no matter how long you use certain platforms, you'll always wonder if you're using [Insert Social Media] correctly.

On a personal note, I'm still learning and growing on this subject myself. I started a Goodreads account in 2012, and it mostly stayed dormant until the beginning of this year. I picked it back up once it started suiting my needs and passions, which is reading. I didn't read much 2013 and 2014, but this year I vowed to read and share more.

You'll notice on my page I have the Goodreads Reading Challenge showing my current progress. The Reading Challenge is an exclusive feature to Goodreads. Sure, I can do my own personal reading challenge and count everything up for updates, but the reason we use these platforms is for what they can do for us, not the other way around.

Learn to move on. We're hindered by our own psychology in this case. We may possibly be stuck on a platform that doesn't work, just because invested time into it. Remember, when Facebook took over, there were plenty who thought Myspace would still be a thing.

This doesn't mean jump ship to every single new web site that appears in the off-chance it's the next Big Thing™. What I'm saying is, don't be left on Myspace.  

Shitbirds are everywhere. Bullying and harassment is all over the place.This kind of behavior can take place because it's not treated as "real" or tangible.

It can be a bit of a downer. People like to air their dirty laundry and vent their frustrations online. And that's fine and all, but it's a not a great to constantly read negativity. It can get to you if you're not careful.

And that's about it for this year. There may be a post in the future about some new platform alternatives that are gaining some traction. I'm experimenting with a few right now to see if there is potential and if these can be real competitors. Til next time.