Friday, December 4, 2015

Random Thoughts on Social Media

Social media gives us the power to share parts of our lives out onto the Internet.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  For most out there, it’s in the range of the Good and the Bad.  I like that range, it shows the human.  However, I just got the taste of witnessing the Ugly.  I recently unfollowed someone I really liked on Twitter because of a juvenile twitter war between two estranged sisters.  What it comes down to they both think they are defending themselves because the other is wrong, but there’s a lot of curse words in it.   This got me thinking, what’s with people who decide to feud over their social media accounts. 

It will Hurt your Career or Prospective Jobs

Twitter is a public social media forum.  What you say is out there forever even if you delete your twitter account.  One of the first things some companies do is research their candidates to see if they are on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.   A couple of hires my company was considering lost their candidacy just because of what they posted on Instagram publically and it was a bad reflection of who they are.    I hear you, what you do in your off hours is your time.  I feel the same way.  However, it’s one thing to shot gun that beer while doing a handstand, it’s another bragging about it in photos for everyone to see.

No One Really Cares

When the feud is between regular individuals, no one really cares outside your circle of your actual friends and family.  On Facebook, I witnessed a niece doing the passive aggressive statements to one of my friends.   It got bad enough that I unfriended my actual friend until that period was over before re-friending him.  There was no chance, I was going to allow being sucked into that conversation.  (this was before I figured out how to mute).    I have my own personal issues to worry about.  Unless someone is going to confessing the intention to breaking a law, I do not care if both of you feel that she is more successful or better then the other.  If you start to stress out, you’re already too emotionally invested in the feud.

Tweets are Buried Anyways

Tweeting works.   When I was promoting my referral link when I purchased my Glowforge, I know many of the referrals was from posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter because I didn’t know any of the users personally.   When you tweet on something that doesn’t really add value, just like in a feud, no one outside your follower list reads them with the billions of tweets sent out the moment you send yours.

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