Promote Yourself Properly

Users of social networks are handing out their personal information freely without a second thought. Those same users are then met with an unfair trade. While they are giving away their most treasured memories and details, they are receiving nothing but “Likes” and short comments in return. Dissatisfied by what they receive from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. the users continue to take part in those networks in fear of rejection and/or judgement from their peers.  This creates a cycle of vulnerability.

Indirectly, social networks are reducing the odds of successful relationships. While sharing personal information and anecdotes about yourself helps create a bond between you and a loved one, when that information is already available to the public it then becomes impersonal, leaving you with less to offer intimately.

While social media can be helpful for spreading word about a product or service and to promote a business, it can also be harmful for individuals who are using it to “promote” themselves. We need to treat our information, images, details, anecdotes, etc. as if we were a product or service. We need to review all the details that are accessible to the public and make sure it cannot harm us (ruin the product/service reputation). We also need to promote positive feedback and address the negative feedback professionally. It is also important not to abuse of social networking; only share information worth sharing, information that is beneficial to you and to the viewers. Everything that we do on social networks/online will be available for others to track and analyse. One wrong move could create barriers in a personal life just like in the business world.

2 thoughts on “Promote Yourself Properly

  1. It’s a good article, thanks for sharing. I wish there was more discussion about this topic, but I am glad that I keep hearing of a trend towards more private social media sites.

    The vulnerability that the cycle of sharing and feeling left out if your not is especially worrisome to me when it comes to teenagers. I know that I wasn’t thinking much about long-term consequences back then.

    What concerns most of them, most of the time, is fitting in. And if that means revealing all kinds of things you wouldn’t normally – and doing so in a permanent, searchable environment that anyone anywhere can access – then that’s what many if not most will do.

    I think it’s pretty scary, particularly with the cases of Rehteah Parsons and Amanda Todd fresh in my memory. It’s not just what kids will post about themselves, but what others will post and share about them.

  2. Very interesting topic. At the strategic level, Edward Snowden provided the proof for what many people already knew: that our privacy does not exist in the electronic world. At the personal level, we have witnessed people taking very drastic measures in reaction to how social media has affected their lives. While, admittedly, I have not read the book, Google “what happens in Vegas stays on Youtube” and you will see a lot of discussion on this subject. People do not need to be paranoid…but, they do need to be careful and think of potential consequences of their on-line presence, particularly if our society changes and what is currently legal and acceptable becomes unacceptable practice in the future.

    But, then, if that advice is followed, is that the real you we will see online? 🙂

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