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This funny flowchart from HubSpot shares a rather stereotypical description of the users of Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. With all kidding aside, it does raise the question:
How do you use social media?
With each site, it is important to identify why you are using it. It gives you purpose, and it also gives you a reason or goal. This is exceptionally true as you are developing your online identity. It also helps you develop some boundaries with students or coworkers that may want to connect with you.
What do you do with the different sites?
Personally, even I struggle with this sometimes. I don't necessarily struggle with the boundaries, mostly because I developed those fairly quickly. My Facebook is my friends and family. If a student wants to connect with me, I will direct them to a different avenue to connect with me. It isn't that I am trying to hide something, but rather, I want to have a boundary to the access to me. Twitter is an open network, and as such, anyone can follow me. LinkedIn is also open for connections, but I have a simple ground rule. Because part of the idea of LinkedIn is to connect others, I only request that you complete your profile so that I have something to talk about when I introduce people to you.
The part I struggle with still to this day is the regularity of sharing content on these different sites. LinkedIn and Google + seem to get the less of my attention, and I am working to improve that. I don't have a need for a YouTube channel, and I only use Pinterest as a recipe box.
What tip do you have for someone using these sites?
My tip comes from a slideshow or site that I stumbled upon a couple years ago, and quite frankly I wouldn't know where to begin to try and give credit, so I am going to thank the internet for connecting us. The tip is very simple:
When on these social media sites, live personally professional!
The basic idea behind this mentality is don't stop being you. What is even worst is don't try and hide you. Though you think you have the privatest of settings, it is still the internet, a public domain. I mention this in my post about Social Media being like a cafeteria. The idea is to be you and assume that EVERYONE is able to see it. What do you want them to say.
Overall, I highly encourage someone you follow and connect with HubSpot! They have a great amount of information. I also encourage you to comment below with your questions or connect with me! Thank you for reading!!