Oversharing on the Internet: When Authenticity Goes Too Far

I recently listened to a podcast episode called “The Age of Oversharing” by Approachable (Samantha Ravndahl & Alyssa Anderson). Sam is a pretty popular beauty influencer with over 2 million instagram followers, and Alyssa is her best friend from high school. I love their podcast for this reason, because I think it’s super interesting to hear the different sides and different views the two of them have over topics such as this one, of oversharing on the internet.  

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In the episode one of the big things they referred to was that you’re almost in a sort of catch 22 with how much you share on the internet. Followers always want you to be open and transparent with them about things that are going on behind the scenes and to know every detail that is happening, but then sometimes when people overshare they’re seen as narcissistic or full of themselves. You really need to find the balance in pleasing your followers and giving them some information about your life, without sharing too much and still having the ability to keep certain things private.

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One of the things Sam brought up really resonated with me. She’s recently been a lot more open on social media about her mental health and dealing with depression, but she acknowledged that it’s still a battle, and she doesn’t exactly want to talk about it sometimes. Yet, because she was open and talking about it, people now view her as a sort of advocate for mental health, so she’s been thrust into this mentorship role whether her mental health is in a good state or not. It’s hard when you see that the things you’re sharing are helping people, I know personally that Sam’s conversations about mental health have helped me to realize that I wasn’t alone in the way I was feeling, but then you have to wonder if sharing all of this information designed to help people was to her own detriment. 

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Personally, I would like to brand myself as being authentic, and not purposely being fake for the camera, and things like that, but I do think there is a fine line between being authentic and real and sharing too much with others. There is the struggle of trying to figure out where this line lies. All of social media is new to the whole world, and different generations are adapting differently. The truth is: nobody has the answers and we’re all still learning. That said, there are some things we can do to try and mitigate the risks of social media. 

PsychCentral has a blog post by Paula Durlofsky, PhD, discussing the benefits of not oversharing on social media, and she’s offered some tips on how to prevent yourself from sharing something you may regret later. 

  1. Don’t post when you’re feeling emotional 
  2. Use private messaging to resolve conflicts 
  3. Prepare yourself for negative responses 
  4. Protect your privacy 
  5. Be aware of social media overload and internet addiction 

Please make sure to check out Dr. Durlofsky’s post for more details and information! 

If you haven’t heard it already, please make sure to check out the Approachable Podcast wherever you listen to Podcasts! (Spotify, Youtube, Apple, Google, etc.)

So I’m curious: how much are you willing to share about yourself online? Do you think there are some things that should never be shared on social media? 

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Launch Your Podcast Today!

For years, people have been predicting the death of terrestrial radio. The advent of TV was going to kill it. Most recently, satellite radio and podcasts have been identified as the mediums that will ultimately put traditional radio to sleep. There’s evidence to support declining listenership, yet there is also evidence suggesting it’s as healthy as it’s always been. What isn’t debatable, however, is that podcasts have become increasingly popular. For example, FAB Universal, a worldwide distributor of digital entertainment, recently announced a quarter-over-quarter growth of 8 million podcast audience members in 240 countries. That’s pretty good, and there’s no reason to believe it’s going to slow down.

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I’ve been a loyal terrestrial radio listener since I was a kid, yet over the last few years I’ve shifted almost exclusively to a consumption of digital media. I’m not interested in listening to Top 40 or any other music that’s forced into my ears – my iPod allows me to tune into the music I want to listen to, when I want to listen to it. The same goes for news or talk shows – I download and listen to podcasts. The only time I listen to traditional radio is in the morning, and that’s a rare time when I’ve only got a few minutes to catch the local news and weather before I leave the house. Even then, I’m more likely to get that information using my smartphone’s weather app and Twitter feed while running out to the car.

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Podcasts are the future, but the future is just around the corner. If you’ve been thinking about creating your own podcast, here are just eight reasons why now is the time to start!

  1. The proliferation of handheld devices. Hundreds of millions of these devices have shipped and continue to be delivered into the hands of new owners around the world.
  2. Ease of use for consumers. I’ve been listening to podcasts for years now, and it’s quite remarkable how easy it’s become to find and listen to new material. Early on, if I wanted to listen to a podcast in my car I’d have to download the podcast on my desktop and sync my iPod to it. Now, most new handheld devices have a podcast listening app baked into the OS, which means millions of new devices now enable their users to be one click away from discovering or consuming podcasts.
  3. People want choice. Consumers want to listen to what interests them, not what radio programmers think they want to hear. And, both the quantity and quality of content continues to grow. There’s a lot more choice, and the choices are getting better. That equals more listeners tuning in and looking for content.
  4. Covenience. People want to listen to their content on their own time. I do most of my podcast listening when I run. Podcasts are also great to listen to when at the gym, commuting to and from work, doing the dishes, cutting the grass or going to sleep for the night. It’s the perfect multi-tasking companion.
  5. Binge listening. Once you discover a podcast you love, you can download the entire library or select only the episodes you’re interested in.
  6. Fewer annoying ads. Generally, there are fewer ads. No more listening to five consecutive ads while waiting for the news. The ads that exist on podcasts also tend to be more creative, often woven in with the main content. And, of course, listeners can skip through ads if they’re so inclined.
  7. Technology. It’s now easy for anyone to record and publish a podcast. With nothing more than an iPhone and an app, you’ve got a lightweight, highly mobile recording studio that can record, edit and upload from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  8. Money. Podcasting is finally seeing the arrival of major advertisers.

So if you’ve been sitting on a great podcast idea, you no longer have an excuse not to act on it. You don’t need to sell your idea to a radio executive – all the technology is there to start on your own!

If you listen to podcasts I’d be interested to know your habits – what type of content do you listen to (maybe even specific shows), where do you listen to them, and how often? 

COM0015 Blog#1 Tool & Sources

Like ButtonOne of my favourite social media trend listening/monitoring tools as well as source for news and updates is Twitter, which I would not have guesses a year ago.  Let’s just say, that before I started the certificate program, I found the 140 character messages confusing.  Now I appreciate the simplicity of its search function and the easy access of information or the latest trends.  A number of times I had information available before it made the regular news channels and which made me look good in front of the client.

The second trend listening/monitoring tool I favour is Hootsuite.  I think it’s simplicity is great. I love having everything on one screen.  To me it is a great timesaver to be able to schedule, follow up and monitor conversations and it is  affordable. Having said that, I keep using a combination of Netvibes, Google Alerts  & Yahoo Pipes as well, since taking COM0013 because I want to be comfortable using those free tools as well.

My second favourite tool for news and updates are RSS feeds and Newsletters. I find myself reading them when I have a bit of downtime and often lead me to check out others. If the question would be to name 3 favourite tools, my third choice would be   podcast’s. There are many “brainless” work moments in my day, where I can easily listen and learn. Podcasts became a great source for updates in my day to day life.

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