An election year is upon us and my social media feeds are filled with people complaining about social media. The reality is, people are going to do and say what they want to. In an ideal world, we would not have to listen to things we don’t want to see. Here are some tips to help you, when it comes to navigating social media during an election year.
Delete The Facebook Application From Your Phone
When you find yourself mindlessly wandering through the Facebook App, it’s time to rethink how you use it. If you force yourself only to look at Facebook on a desktop, laptop, or another device; you will be less apt to mindlessly thumb through Facebook.
If you remove the application from your phone, you will also have to take extra steps to log in, which in turn may make you want to not go there very often.
Snooze “Friends” On Facebook
You can snooze your friends on Facebook. This way you will not see their posts in your Facebook Feed, yet you will still be friends. If you find that you are in a friendship that needs to end, it may be time to unfriend that person.
Think about it this way. If their Facebook posts upset you, their friendship is something you may want to rethink.
Pay Attention To What You Share On Social Media
Let’s face it, it’s easier than ever to spread fake news on social media and you most likely had no clue that it was fake news. If you have any inclination that what you are going to share on social media, do not share it. Do a little bit of research to confirm that what you are sharing is true, did actually happen, and that it is real. You don’t want to be “that” person that everyone knows shares things that simply are not true. If you are part of a campaign, use the materials that you have been provided and share what is recommended by the campaign manager.
Utilize Hashtags On Twitter
When you log into Twitter, search for the specific hashtag you would like to learn about. This will immediately bring your Twitter Feed to things that interest you. Your Twitter groups can be a wealth of knowledge and a fun place to be with people you want to learn from. If you have not started your own Twitter Group, this may be a perfect time to do that. It may be a distraction for you, and an opportunity to be a leader in what you are knowledgeable in.
In the grand scheme of things, you are in control of what you see on social media. If you don’t like what you are seeing, you need to find new friends and start using new hashtags. Social media brings opportunities for you to be a leader in your industry. Start a Twitter Chat as a distraction during election season and most likely you will find you enjoy it. This could easily become something that you regularly lead in the future.
Enjoy social media and make it fun again. The number one complaint I am hearing from people is that social media is not fun anymore. Remember, it’s up to you to make it fun! You are in control.