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Mistakes made on Social Media

I’m somewhat of an observer. I like to observe people and situations. I’ve learned it makes good for writing, too.

Being a spectator in life can be quite beneficial. It assists in discerning a subject matter, on a deeper level. I’ve also discovered contributions can be offered when we sit back and witness the ins and outs of a situation. A profound pattern begins to uncover. A configuration of what is really unfolding in any given situation. In surveying a situation, contemplation begins to communicate to the observer a clear outcome. Thus, the grounds for this article consists of the mistakes social media users make on social media platforms.

Know your audience

When interacting on social media, no matter what platform you choose to be a part of, whether it be LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., I believe it’s extremely imperative that the user knows the audience of that specific social network. There are so many onlookers and contributors to any social network, and the user has decided to be a part of that crowd. Social media can be enticing, exciting, addictive and inviting. It also can be critical, disapproving, and at times negative. As a social network user I try to identify what sort of audience I’m approaching. What exactly is that audience socially akin to? Is the audience the laid back type, just wanting to take photos, chit-chat casually, or is the social network more likely into current affairs, debates and discussions of sort.

Does the particular social network favour a formal formatting of posts, or is it compatible to a placid and mild interaction. Many people become frustrated over their use of social media, through unresponsive, nonchalant feedback, and interaction. It’s the audience that a social network user should really become familiar with. I tend to wonder whether it’s because these users are not serving the community they’re a part of, rather, they may be paddling against that particular social media tide?

Be relevant

Every one of us love to have the feeling of being connected to the social media we are involved with. We become excited when likes and comments are shared. It’s much the same as going out – being relevant at the party, being social and able to connect with others at that party. Just imagine you arrived at a party that was sombre, formal and intellectual in its setting, yet, you were dressed to impress, ready for some serious dancing and all night fun. You enter the party and what are you presented with? All these contrite faces, serious, staring back at you. Wondering what the heck you’re doing? Where did you come from looking like that? The room suddenly be comes quiet and you can feel all eyes pierced at you in puzzlement.social

Well, that’s categorically what it’s like when you’re posting on a social network something that is completely irrelevant to that network. Granted, you may not feel the stares, nor the red hot flush that’s creeping up your face. Nonetheless, there is the silence, the inactivity that you’re left with, wondering, what you, the user, are doing wrong? Why you’re not receiving any feedback or having interaction with these people on this social website?

This is where I believe the social network user falls short. The user needs to understand and ascertain the material that is being posted is relevant to the social media. All too often we complain and become irate at the lack of involvement of the posts we’re sharing. Stop. Think. Get to know what is applicable to the social platform you’re sharing with.

In relevance don’t lose your individuality

In identifying your audience and being relevant to the social network the user has participated in, keep in mind to allow yourself not to lose your very own individuality. The user can be familiar with the audience and address them, accordingly. Being able to be relevant without stripping you off of yourself is truly important to any social network user. We are all unique, distinctive and individual personalities and people. That’s the beauty of social media. Having an array of idiosyncratic characteristic that makes for an assortment of persona’s splendour in their sharing, posts and views. As long as the social network user keeps in mind relevance, and the courtesy to know who you, as the user, are addressing and what the ethos of social network actually is.

Success generated on social networking

As soon as you, a social network user, have accepted that each social network site has its very own intrinsic community, getting to know the people of that community, and the relevance that the community adheres to, then your social networking experience will be more productive, satisfying and an entirely new from what you, as the user, has previously known – as opposed to when you were not aware of your audience, nor sharing post that were relevant to that audience.

It’s in the experience that the user longs to go back for more. It’s in the sharing and feedback that causes the user to socialise, learn and interact with others within that social networking platform. You and I as social network users need to remain who we are as we socialise, sharing our uniqueness, spark and talents. We’ve all been gifted with things that are our very own. Utilise these talents, post these interests in consideration and relevance, to the audience that you as the social network user has gotten to know, then the party can get socially started, for all to enjoy.

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