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.
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. However, 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.
Forget about the organics of meeting someone through friends or while out. Dating these 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.
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 web, 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.
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) have 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?