Quick Tips for “Social” Social Media

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Social media has invaded everyone’s lives. People are willing to share many aspects of their lives on social media, from cute pictures of their cats, to what they had for breakfast. While not everyone appreciates these constant updates, when used correctly, social media can be a great way to show the world all the small things that you appreciate.

Group Boards

Pinterest is a big search engine. If you have never used Pinterest before, start setting up boards about your favorite items. It could be songs of your favorite bands. If you have great recipes that you have tried in your past, create a board for that. You can even set up some of your boards as group boards. You then invite others to post on your boards. The advantage of this is you can find ideas of what others enjoy. You can control who is allowed to join to prevent spammers from infiltrating your boards.

Just a tip about Pinterest: group boards may not be as popular due to the beginning of Pinterest communities. These are still new and how they are going to be used is still fluid. You can check them out in your Pinterest account.

A Little Moderation Can Be Useful

If you insist on posting every meal on social media, consider using Twitter to do this. It’s a more forgiving platform as the messages pass through quickly and only contain a small number of characters. Your friends on Facebook are probably not as receptive. Now you know.

Do You Have Rights to Post?

While it’s great to show your appreciation for the small things using social media, make sure you have the rights to post what you post. People and companies take copyright infringement seriously and posting any picture on a whim can get you into serious trouble. The fines can be hefty, and there have been instances of criminal actions taken against perpetrators. If you search on Google for images and you don’t know whether it’s okay to use them, likely it’s not. Don’t take this issue lightly.

You also want to make sure you have permission to post pictures of people. If they are people you know, you can simply ask them with a verbal confirmation. If you wish to post people you don’t know, make sure you get a signed release that it’s okay to use their image. Never use people’s images in a negative light. You wouldn’t want them doing that to you so they won’t appreciate it either.

No Matter What, Be Respectful

Be respectful of what you post on social media. Some media channels may allow you to post inappropriate material, such as nude pictures, etc. However, just because the particular channel allows it doesn’t mean you should engage in the practice. If it’s not something you are willing to show to your mother than that is probably a good indication it should not go onto social media.

This is just a few tips for using Social Media — especially for beginners. There are courses and books with more details for Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Comments

  1. Stacie

    This is so important for newbies and long-term bloggers alike. We sometimes throw our posts out there without interacting with our audience. We ONLY have an audience if we show them we’re interested in talking with them.

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      Dominique

      I had to get better about that as well — it’s great to have interaction! Sometimes you get busy and don’t have time to reply right away. I am trying to go back and reply even if it is later!

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  2. Chad

    I like and agree with the idea of social media is all about being social first. Participating in group boards or FB groups is essential.

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  3. Julianne Robinson

    These tips are such a good reminder for bloggers new and experienced, alike! I sometimes share on a whim and forget that I need to be thoughtful about what I put out there on my social channels for the world to see. Thank you for sharing this important reminder!

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      Dominique

      Yeah, at first when you get on social media, you can find yourself just hitting send for every thought that enters your head. It’s good to take a moment before sending! Thanks for reading!

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    You are right about the food posts. I wish some people would practice moderation in posting on social media. I think a little “absence” from posting would make your audience miss you and would want to hear more from you.

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  5. Becca Wilson

    Social media can be so difficult sometimes. Being a part of the community that lifts you up is something that I have found definitely works.

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  6. Catherine Santiago Jose

    Definitely a great tips and a great reminder to everyone. I agree that moderation and be respectful on posting in social media are really important.

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  7. Catherine

    This was a great read and so informative. I agree with moderation and planning ahead! Investing in an app for planning your posts/shares ahead of time is a great tool. Thanks for these reminders.

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