Putting Yourself Out THERE (On Social Media)

The rise of the internet and various social media platforms has made it both easier and also harder to put yourself out there. It sounds ominous, “out THERE”. In reality though, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Throwing yourself into the World Wide Web and into the hands of an unlimited number of people.

There are so many ways that social media can be used to benefit your life and (if you want) to expose yourself to the World. Social media has truly changed the ‘game’. Anything from selling products to dating is done online now. You can no longer simply show up at a business and hand in a resume – instead, your instructed to ‘apply online’. It could be looked at as MORE personal or LESS personal. It could be looked at as BENEFICIAL or SCARY. What it comes down to is that putting yourself out THERE has a whole new meaning due to the thing we call the Internet.

Let’s take a closer look into some of the biggest changes the Internet has provided us with in regards to putting yourself out THERE.

Sales

Everyone has someone on their social media accounts that’s selling something – “Independent so and so agent”. Whether it be clothing, jewelry, or makeup – I can guarantee that you have one if not many of those groups you’ve been added to.

I myself am guilty of jumping on the Independent Sales bandwagon after falling in love with a product (Jamberry nail wraps) I was introduced to through a Facebook group/party. 24607175514_47366c1884_hHowever, it is also something I have trouble with due to the fact that you really have to put yourself out into the web and try to interact with your friend list enough to sell a product. What is the right amount to post? What posts attract more attention? When am I getting to the point that too much is being posted and people are going to start blocking my content or unfriending me? Do I go as far as posting information on other groups on Facebook or just keep it to my individual group and whoever decides to see it, will see it. There is a lot of pressure with sales on Facebook (social media) and it takes a lot to be successful.

Sales are just one of the many ways that social media has made people put themselves out THERE, into the web, trying to make a living or at least some pocket money by interacting with people online.

Dating

Forget about the organics of meeting someone through friends or while out. Dating theseman-and-woman-1447956950jk0 days, like many other things, is primarily done online. This is an instance where you really have to put yourself out there. You need to make yourself vulnerable to not only the potential of finding someone, but realistically, vulnerable to many people. You don’t know who is on the other end of the conversation your having. On top of that, your also expected to make the conversation – through a few short messages, and figure out if your compatible. You need to put yourself out THERE to test the waters and see if you can find someone. It’s a crazy thought that this is the way it’s so often done now – yet, there are also so many great stories of people that have found love and a mate by simply posting a bit about yourself, sending a simple message – by putting yourself out into the web.

Jobs

Long gone are the days where you could simply drop off a resume and meet a manager when doing so. Now, your name is one of many that simply float within the walls of the application-buttonweb, waiting to be picked. If you don’t have the exact ‘key words’ they are looking for, your likely going to just stay a name floating along. Your first impression is now the words you manipulate and write, leaving your fate (most of the time) up to a computer to select you. Once you are selected you are then searched on the internet – as they try to find anything that can be dug up. If they can access your social media accounts, they will. LinkedIn is another popular site that is essentially providing the same information that your resume once did. The more connections you have, the more you put yourself out THERE, the more likely you are for success. Social media/internet has certainly influenced the way you find/get a job.

Sharing/Connection

Those ominous 10-year reunion stories that people once talked about after high school aren’t really necessary anymore. Most people (likely even those you weren’t friends with) 5169004822_1a373ab600_zhave a good idea of what you’ve been up to in the years past high school, thanks to social media. When you really think about it, you put yourself out there every day on social media. Letting people that you barley know into your life on a daily basis. It could be someone you’ve only met once, yet, you see them again and they know that you just returned from Mexico or that you have a dog named Molly. It’s crazy how much you allow yourself to be out THERE, in the web, on social media – every single day.

 

What other ways do you feel we put ourselves out there now because of the Internet/Social Media?

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3 thoughts on “Putting Yourself Out THERE (On Social Media)

  1. I agree with you, it is both easier and harder to put yourself out there. I have also become an independent consultant for a tea company. Mainly because I only drink loose leaf tea and order a lot of it myself. Signing up for Steeped Tea coincided with signing up with this course and I do hope to learn some ways to promote the tea though my style is not “salesperson-y” and I do worry about annoying my friends with too much. At this point, I am definitely on the “too little” side of things.
    I think we put ourselves out there in an artistic way. I also have a personal blog which I contribute to from time to time. It takes some courage to send your writing out. I see this too with my creative friends. I have an aunt who is a talented painter/artist and a friend working on his photography and another friend who is actively posting to her blog while also working on a novel. Social media is a platform where we can experiment with our art and the feedback we receive. I also think it is a really great way to show support for our artistic friends.

  2. Great article! I agree with Alison’s comment. I think that social media has made it a lot more easier to get artists name and work out there. I love tattoos, and before I got my first one, I searched online for different shops and artists. I stumbled upon the shop that I use through Instagram. I was able to browse through all their different artists work and find the artists own accounts. I got to see all the artists work and styles, which made it much easier for me to choose who i wanted to do my tattoo. I think social media is extremely helpful for the art community!

  3. Nice summary of some of the ways we extend ourselves online, with both positive and negative implications. Musicians have also seen their world revolutionized by social media. The control, brand management and limitations once imposed by all-powerful record labels are long gone, and musicians who can embrace self-management and use social media tools effectively are thriving. Many musicians now sell their music direct from their websites, interact with fans and grow their fanbase online. Some teach through Skype or similar connections. House concerts that are heavily promoted through social networks help fill the coffers, and musicians can collaborate from anywhere around the world on new projects. At the East Coast Music Awards last spring in St. John’s, NL, there were workshops aimed at helping up-and-coming artists to develop their communication skills and build their brands. That’s how much importance the industry places on digital skills and strategies!

    Canadian social media guru and music promoter/analyst Eric Alper offered these gems in a recent online Q&A session:

    “We’re witnessing the start of a new generation consuming music, more than any other time in history … and anyone who has an opinion about music can help you spread the word.”

    “If you treat social media as a key part of your PR campaign and wider brand strategy, you can achieve real results, earning the trust of your fanbase … Make your fans the best PR team you could ever put together.”

    He noted, though, that it’s the fans who “own” a musician’s or band’s brand, and artists must be accountable to that following.

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