'Time For Bed Me Thinks' (How To Survive Social Media)
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
I usually like to start these blog posts by painting a vivid scenario in your mind however the topic of social media has kind of been done to death, yet it is still a very necessary subject. According to google (the font of all knowledge) around 3.8 billion people have a social media account.
HALF THE FRICKEN WORLD!!!
There is no denying that social media is an integral part of our lives and it is a new form of communication and therefore, there are untaught social norms and if you are anything like me, not knowing these rules can be v stressful. So here’s a few guidelines to help anyone get through the complex world of social media and learn some netiquette (I didn’t come up with that term).
#Tip 1: Don’t tag people without their permission.
Whether you like it or not, your Social Media account represents you or your ‘brand’ and people are conscious about how they look online. You may not, but others do and that has to be respected. So before you tag your mate with that picture where they look they have been run over by a lorry and resurrected as a rotting corpse, maybe ask.
#Tip 2: Post to the right place.
The way you communicate and what you post often depends on the platform you are using. I’ll give you an example.
You go on holiday with some friends. You might post 1-3 of your best most brand maker photos with a funny / standard caption on Instagram (if you post a philosophical one and you yourself are not a philosophical person then you run the risk of looking like a complete tool). On facebook you might post all your pictures there in an album so your tech savvy gran can go through them one by one and like them all (instead of just liking the album like a normal person). You may even tag yourself in that travelling post facebook does, although it is a tad showy offy.
Then you might have a hilarious comment, or observation you would like to write about, which us what you would post on twitter.
What I am trying to say is people usually go on social media to escape. Meaning they don’t want to see a 1000 pictures of you on the same beach as everyone else. They go on facebook these days to find funny videos or memes, not to hear about karen raving on about how nobody listens to her raving rants. If people want to hear about funny, political, weird or thought provoking observations then they head over to twitter not instagram (which is for looking at how other people have it much better than you).
I know there’s tiktok as well but I’m just going to be honest with you, if you don’t know what you’re doing then tiktok’s probably not for you.
#Tip 3: Would you shout this out to a crowd?
What I mean here is, you don’t have to post about every little thing. If you play a game on facebook then don’t post about it. If you are feeling down, maybe message a friend instead of shouting it out to the crowd (if you see what I am saying here).
I’m writing this not to get people to shut up but maybe redirect what they want to say to the right crowd. There are plenty of pages on facebook dedicated to every passion and idea in the world so follow that page and post there, where the crowd would love what you have to say and you can get the appropriate feedback and communal support that you’re looking for.
#Tip 4: Social media isn’t real life but that doesn’t mean we can hide behind it.
We’ve all heard it a 1000 times, social media isn’t reality however it is addictive, so if it is starting to make you feel jealous of other people’s lives maybe put it down and remind yourself of what is going well for you. If there are things you are not happy about then set some plans to work on that.
On the flip side while social media isn’t real life that doesn’t stop what we are saying having an impact on other people’s lives whether that be good or bad.
For plenty more tips, hilarious stories and inspiration you should check out our Podcast episode. Episode 12: 'Time for Bed me thinks' (How To Survive Social Media). Just follow the link below.
See you there!
Written by Joe