Sunday, July 22, 2012

Embracing Social Media

"You really like Facebook, don't you? You are always updating your status."

"You blog? Hmm, that's interesting."

"What is the deal with Twitter? I don't get it."

I enjoy using social media. I have a Facebook and Twitter account. I like sharing pictures on Instagram and obviously, I blog. And guess what? I don't think I should apologize or explain myself for embracing and using any of these mediums.

I try not to get out of control with my use of these resources though. And yes, I do like to refer to them as resources. I can get any breaking news on Twitter before most news websites have completed writing a story about it. I can post something on my blog and have readers comment with their thoughts. I can ask a question on Facebook and get answers immediately, most of which are funny and helpful. And I can see friends that live far away on Instagram with the touch of an app.

This is the world we live in. And I embrace it. Sometimes, I think of simpler times with written letters, phone calls and even emails. But if you don't connect with the future of technology, you will be left behind.

And can I speak for a moment about the people who have made comments to me (in person comments) about my use of Facebook, etc.? Yes, I like to update my status. That is what Facebook is all about. I try to limit it to twice a day. 95% of my updates are silly updates about something that happened to me. I don't think I've ever crossed into vaguebooking territory and I've actually had a couple of people tell me (in real life) that my status updates actually make them laugh. That made me happy because really, I'm all about the humor. I want to make people smile in life, whether that be in person or through the technology of a smartphone or computer screen. Also, for those people who scroll through Facebook on a regular basis, never creating ONE status update, you have no room to tell me that I use it a lot. You are using it as well but in a more subdued way. You are lurking in the shadows while I'm waving my arms around, in clear view.

So if embracing the Internet makes me a nerd, so be it. If a person thinks I'm too entrenched in the goings-on of social media, that is fine. In this day and age, being able to operate these social media networks and search the Internet like a pro is a marketable skill. When it comes down to it, I'm skill-building, networking and preparing for future employment by embracing social media. Time to update that resume!

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