Pa­tri­cia Catan lists 5 smart uses of so­cial me­dia

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Content - Text: Pa­tri­cia May P. Catan SunS­tar Week­end Writer

We get so eas­ily blinded with the won­ders of so­cial me­dia that we dis­re­gard its true pur­pose. Nowa­days, a lot of us stay on­line longer than we are off­line, whether it’s for plea­sure or work. This fact alone al­ready tells how so­cial me­dia is tak­ing over our lives, and the only way we can take ad­van­tage of this is to use so­cial me­dia in the smartest way pos­si­ble. So, here are five smart uses of so­cial me­dia you can ap­ply to make your­self a pro­duc­tive user.

1 . YOU CAN START A MOVE­MENT.

So­cial me­dia is a pop­u­lar tool we must learn to use wisely. Most of the time, peo­ple on­line are very vo­cal about the ad­vo­ca­cies they sup­port, say for ex­am­ple, anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing. Post­ing about our pas­sion for a cer­tain ad­vo­cacy in­creases aware­ness, but in or­der to get con­crete re­sponses, why don’t you start a move­ment for aware­ness by mak­ing your own hash­tag? This way, your posts and other re­lated top­ics are gen­er­ated into one hash­tag. You can en­cour­age your fol­low­ers, friends and fam­ily to use a hash­tag that sup­ports your ad­vo­cacy to reach a wider au­di­ence and, there­fore, in­crease aware­ness and pos­si­bly ed­u­cate more peo­ple.

2 . YOU CAN USE SO­CIAL ME­DIA AS YOUR PUB­LIC PORT­FO­LIO.

The dig­i­tal age is upon us and fu­ture em­ploy­ers might look into your so­cial me­dia ac­counts for ba­sis of hir­ing. Some lines of work re­quire you to be more ac­tive on so­cial me­dia than you al­ready are. So­cial me­dia al­lows you to share per­sonal con­tent and it’s best to take ad­van­tage of this. You can share what­ever you wish, from your so­cial ad­vo­ca­cies, work-re­lated stuff to hob­bies. Use this plat­form to cu­rate some­thing that’s mainly about you that you can boast of to boost your cur­rent or fu­ture ca­reer. Think of your on­line ac­counts as your pub­lic port­fo­lio. It ac­tu­ally helps to fil­ter out what to post and what not to post on sites to give you a re­spectable on­line iden­tity.

3 . YOU CAN EX­PLORE ON­LINE BUSI­NESSES.

To­day, so­cial me­dia doesn’t con­nect you with friends,

Think of your on­line ac­counts as your pub­lic port­fo­lio.

fam­ily and col­leagues alone, it also con­nects you with po­ten­tial buy­ers if you’ve ex­plored the world of on­line busi­ness. Any­one can ba­si­cally open an on­line shop us­ing his or her ac­count to sell items. Sell­ing on­line is faster and more con­ve­nient to some be­cause there’s no need to visit the mall and shop. Aside from the ba­sic so­cial me­dia sites, there are of­fi­cial web­sites and apps too where you can sell preloved clothes and sec­ond­hand items for a cheaper price. But Face­book and In­sta­gram are mainly the pop­u­lar plat­forms for on­line shop­ping and sell­ing since you can just cre­ate a page or ac­count, post items that are for sale, and con­nect with buy­ers through per­sonal or di­rect mes­sage.

4 . YOU CAN CRE­ATE AN IN­TER­AC­TIVE CIR­CLE FOR IN­DI­VID­U­ALS TO SPEAK OUT.

So­cial me­dia has be­come an out­let for ev­ery­one to pour all their wor­ries or just let out some steam. It is now of­ten used as a pub­lic di­ary for many, but in an un­healthy man­ner. Our so­cial me­dia ac­counts, de­spite the pri­vacy set­tings, are still seen and read by our per­sonal con­tacts or net­works, which is why rant­ing on­line isn’t ad­vis­able. Some­times, peo­ple even use so­cial me­dia for hint­ing at a cry of help. There’s a lot go­ing on in the on­line world that we all must be vig­i­lant about. Take this chance to be a re­spon­si­ble and help­ful so­cial me­dia user by reach­ing out to those who need it most. Peo­ple of­ten re­sort to post­ing on their ac­counts be­cause they have no one to talk, so let this be your op­por­tu­nity to try and strike a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion on­line with these peo­ple to help them with their strug­gles. It helps to have some­one on so­cial me­dia who lis­tens and ini­ti­ates an in­ter­ac­tive con­ver­sa­tion when times get tough.

5 . YOU CAN BE A SOURCE OF CRED­I­BLE NEWS AND IN­FOR­MA­TION.

Sign­ing up for so­cial me­dia comes with great re­spon­si­bil­ity. It’s sad to say that many so­cial me­dia users dis­re­gard the im­por­tance of shar­ing and cit­ing cred­i­ble sources when post­ing. Any­one can be on so­cial me­dia, but not any­one can pro­vide the news and in­for­ma­tion we ac­tu­ally need. Don’t waste your time on a trend­ing ru­mor from a fishy ac­count or site. In­stead, get your­self ac­quainted with cred­i­ble news sources on­line and of­fi­cial pages or web­sites to min­i­mize the spread of false in­for­ma­tion and dummy ac­counts. This is highly im­por­tant be­cause so­cial me­dia is a source of knowl­edge, too, and re­spon­si­ble users must feed their ac­counts with the right in­for­ma­tion. Don’t waste your time on­line, and, in­stead, be a trusted source of news and in­for­ma­tion to help peo­ple on­line ac­quire the knowl­edge they need.

Take this chance to be a re­spon­si­ble and help­ful so­cial me­dia user by reach­ing out to those who need it most.

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