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Personal views on Social Media Audiences: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress & Instagram

social-networksIn a world overwhelmed by social media we have had to learn how we are comfortable integrating social media into our lives.  It’s a crazy web opening up our lives to millions of people.  Depending on the social media site you are using faceless, nameless people you have never met can comment both positively and negatively about you at all times.  Everything good about social media is also the bad things about social media.

Yes social media does give us a larger voice, but it also gives a voice to the irrational.  Yes we have access to information, but we all know the internet is full of false information.  Yes it’s fun, but at what cost?

Parents, teachers and people of the older generations often are preaching about how the youth today are putting too much personal information on-line.  People fear those of us who use social media religiously are putting ourselves at danger and with constantly changing privacy rules and settings we rarely know what is visible to strangers and what is not.

That’s why I created my fool-proof system for social media. My rules are simple and straight forward on how I behave online.

My first rule is in regards to Facebook.  Out of all the social media sites I believe Facebook is the most personal.  I view Facebook like my home or hub for social media.  It’s personal and I hold the information included as closely as I feel I need to.  85% of the time I do not add people I have never met before as friends on Facebook.  This is my life.  It’s my friends, my family, my colleagues and people I know and trust.

Yes I do post a lot of things publicly, but with Facebook I have that option to pick and choose what I post and I have the option of who sees it.  I often utilize this platform to post commentary that can spark debate.  Mostly because I know my friends and family  can handle a healthy debate or won’t start a debate just because they disagree. They will start a debate if there is one to be had, but not one just to argue.  My friends and family get me. They get my thought process. They make their points and then they go about their business.

That’s what I love about my family and friends. I can trust them to be mature.  I trust them to at least have a foundation for their beliefs.  That’s why I allow them into this personal world and I try my best to engage in the dialogue.

I also use Facebook to post personal things I want to share with friends and family, but I may not want future employers to see.  Another case is if I want to post something I don’t want someone being able to Google, but still may have a cute picture from a party worth posting.

Facebook is my home.  If Facebook is my home then Instagram and WordPress are like the city and state in which I live.  I reach a wider audience with these platforms, but not as wide as I do with sites like Twitter.  People choose to read or not read what I post. People choose to view or not view the photos I post.  You typically have to be searching out a topic to find my postings on WordPress or Instagram via tags and keywords.

Twitter, well twitter is the world because I use it more globally.  Unlike Facebook I don’t use privacy settings. My personal filter is also much less tight on Twitter.  The way I see it is that Twitter is like a blog.  It’s a place for me to succinctly air my opinions on large issues, current events, celebrities and life.  It allows me to engage a wider audience, but with that I am engaging thousands of people I don’t know.  You can’t control the dialogue.  By that I mean you can’t control the level of descent or negativity.  You can’t control the level of respect people have toward one another when engaging in an argument.  It’s global.

While my family, friends and colleagues are welcome to follow me on Twitter, they must do so with a clear understanding that I won’t hold back or ask my followers to hold back if they engage with me on Twitter.  I share my opinion bluntly and openly on Twitter.  I discuss topic I wouldn’t necessarily discuss on Facebook in front of my parents. siblings, nieces and nephews like dating when I was single or which soccer player in the World Cup is the most filled out. I’ve never actually talked about that, but it seems like a good Twitter topic.

Basically I view social media by audiences.  I chose who will see what and I allow full engagement, but with a bit more respect on personal profiles like Facebook.  Klout posted a great article about the different types of social networks and what they are used for. Here is how my views fit in:

Facebook:

Personal. Filtered and private. For family, friends and colleagues only.

WordPress and Instagram:

Shared Interest Community. I watch what I post, but I do post openly and honestly. Anyone can engage on my accounts and I invite them to, none-the-less I do use a bit more of a filter here as well since my audience is wider.  My blogs are easily searchable and we all know you have to be careful with what you post online.

Twitter:

Content Sharing. Is for everyone to use and abuse.  It’s for thoughts and mindless musings. It’s for engaging strangers on any and every topic out there.  It’s to speak passionately and openly.  It’s global.

Song of the Day – The Bitch is Back by Elton John

Song of the Day – The Bitch is Back by Elton John

Picture from 2010 but you still get the point!

After a late night followed by an early morning, in large part thanks to my little baby girl pug Evian using my bed as a jungle gym at 5 AM, I randomly woke up with an extremely liberated feeling.  Something about my night set me free.  Between therapy, friends, exercise, music and the fun I’ve had recently I felt like I took a metaphorical shower last night that washed away something that’s been holding me back.  I feel like all the good qualities about me from my teens have flooded back.  The bitch is back!

With that said I am actually turning today’s song of the day over to Virginia.  A week from today I will be jumping into a car with my mother and making the road trip down to Virginia.  The second I cross the border into the state you best believe we will be blasting this song in full glory.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, that lovely southern state does not know what is about to swish on into their realities full of color and sarcasm.   I’ll be flaming up in there with my dog in my purse and my credit card in hand I am about to have a blast with few limits (don’t worry I’ll be safe and responsible).

I anticipate having a place with the boys; Darrell, Thomas, Chris, Robbie and others.  I am pretty sure we will be tearing it up all sorts of college reunion style.  I strongly suggest you follow these boys on twitter incase there is any live tweeting or Instagram action going on.  Their twitter handles are:

  • Darrell – @DarrellCoffey
  • Robbie – @RobbieGVT
  • Thomas – @ThomasSaylor
  • Christ – @CameraChris

My sister-in-law and I will also have a bit of a reunion (which will also include my baby nephew).  She is “on” twitter but doesn’t really use it so you are stuck following me to get my bitch in action tweets.

Richmond, VA (also known as RVA) has a lot to offer a guy who is looking to get away from it all and have a lot of fun at the same time.  I can’t wait to dance in the dark all night long and prance in the light all day long.  Hope the good folks of Virginia like hot pink, because that’s about all I am packing!

In honor of my upcoming trip today’s song of the day is The Bitch is Back by Elton John!  In more ways than one, when it comes to me, the bitch truly is back!

Me on Social Media

If you aren’t already follow me elsewhere on the internet:

Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/bobbyargabrite

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobbyargabrite

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobbyargabrite

YouTube: www.youtube.com/bobbyargabrite

FourSquare: www.foursquare.com/bobbyargabrite

Instagram: username – BobbyArgabrite

How has social media changed your life or been used in your life?

The recent announcement (and by recent I mean in the past few hours) that Facebook will be purchasing Instagram, I had to think a bit about social media and what I have used it for, how it has changed my life and what would be different if I didn’t use it so frequently. 

Thanks to social media I:

  1. Met my husband via MySpace back in 2004. 
     
  2. Won backstage VIP tickets to a Blondie concert via Twitter!
     
  3. Found someone to rent my apartment so that I could break my lease utilizing and integrating Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. 
     
  4. Raised close to $40,000 from an entirely online and social media event for a local not-for-profit organization utilizing and integrating Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Email, Text and the Internet. 
     
  5. Used Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to integrate social media into 6 live fundraisers over the past 4 years. 
     
  6. Met numerous new friends via Twitter and FourSquare.
     
  7. Reconnected with former high school friends via Facebook. 
     
  8. Sparked a religious debate over the separation of church and state and stopped talking to a sibling due to this debate. 
     
  9. Reached over 450 new supporters for a local not-for-profit while raising $1,000 for the same organization at the same time. 
     
  10. Became more competitive in the job market thanks to my understanding and background in social media. 

How has social media changed your life? What things have you used it for?