When people hear the words social media they often think of Facebook. It is true, Facebook is a part of social media, but it is not the only thing that makes up social media. Social media is a place that you can go online and share an experience or a story. It allows you to engage and meet new people online, while it allows you to grow your digital foot print.
I often hear people say, “Oh social media, that’s Facebook.” When I try to explain that social media is much more than just Facebook I am often met with blank stares. Why is that? Is it because Facebook is so widely used in the circle of people I find myself in? It very well could be. Facebook is a small sliver of what makes up social media.
Did you know that the comments that you make on a Facebook status update can show up anywhere on the world wide web? If you don’t want your comments to show up anywhere, please don’t make them. Make sure your comments are how you want your digital footprint to be online. If you make a status update that is available to the public, your comments can show up through a google search. My advice, keep your comments close to home, with your friends. Not friends of friends, just your friends. Or, better yet, customize who you share certain things with.
How many of you use Instagram? This is a powerful photo app that is growing by leaps and bounds. Instagram allows you to share your message through a photo, which is powerful in regards to social media. Remember that old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” So true in regards to social media.
Most importantly social media is your online story. It’s not Facebook’s story, social media is your story. Share your story in a way that represents you, who you are and what you want others to learn about you through the world wide web.
So, tell me! Where do you like to share your story online? Is it through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Vine, SnapChat or Google+?