Social media allows us to share many things…to a fault.

Sometimes, we can abuse our social media, subjecting our followers to pointless stuff from endless selfies that all look alike to videos of humans having sex with animals.

It’s all enough to make us want to drop off the face of the earth. The job of social media is to provide convenience through digital/virtual assessibility, escapism from the real world while socializing with other folks from all over, and its purpose is to make our lives easier. With what we see daily on our timelines, some folks don’t need to have social media.

As a result, I feel compelled to share the 8 ways we can utilize our social media better.

Be resourceful– We love information that we could use for our benefit. From a link to an informative article to a special recipe, being resourceful for your followers/friends is a helpful way to utilize your social media. Your friends may not say it, but they appreciate information like that.

Be encouraging– You’ll never know what a daily motivational quote or your positive status updates can do for a person feeling discouraged. Your motivating post might be the match to light their fire.

Share events– For some odd reason, promotion teams  sucks when it comes to promoting upcoming concerts/shows/plays/etc. and has for the last few years. Someone who could be a fan of an artist will appreciate your generous sharing of website links for tickets. The last three concerts I attended I found out through social media.

Network- What’s social networking when you don’t network? When it comes to socializing on social media, there’s nothing better than connecting with like-minded people. This will also help you gain more attraction for your business or brand.

Promote your brand/business– Promoting your brand/business on social media will really boost its popularity. Because social media gives you broader access to social media users all over the world, you’ll have a greater chance at profiting.

 

Stay in touch with family & friends– Social media is great, especially for staying connected with family and friends, particularly those who are out-of-town.

 

Create a forum/Group with a meaningful purpose– A positive public forum that is dedicated to having discussions on topics involving awareness, solutions, bettering communication, and bridging the gap is a great way to socialize.

 

Stay interactive– From experience with my social media, I can tell you that no one likes a “wallflower”. Someone can tell when you’re not active when they view your conversations on your profile or lack thereof. If your social media profile shows your last status update/picture/tweet was posted months ago or all we see are game updates, then maybe you don’t need a “friend list”.  Otherwise, be interactive. Let your friends/followers know that you’re there to socialize and network and not just taking up space on their list.

 

 

 

Looks like Facebook is slipping with their tax bill and the IRS is not playing games!

According to USA Today, Facebook could get hit with a tax bill between $3 billion and $5 billion from the Internal Revenue Service that would have a huge negative impact on the social media giant that’s been connecting people all over the world since 2004.

The IRS is investigating Facebook for the tax years 2008 through 2013, according to the filing. Facebook says it received notice on July 27 that it may have understated assets by billions of dollars when it transferred them to an Irish subsidiary in 2010.

Facebook says it plans to challenge the IRS. “We do not agree with the position of the IRS and will file a petition in the United States Tax Court challenging the Notice,” Facebook wrote in the filing.

However, Facebook said, “if the IRS prevails in the assessment of additional tax due based on its position, the assessed tax, interest and penalties, if any, could have a material adverse impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.”

Read more here

It’s no wonder Facebook charges an arm and a leg for ad placement….but that’s a whole other blog piece.

To be continued…

Facebook is known as the giant social networking site that connects us with anyone all over the world. As of late, it has also been known as the networking site that exposes users to videos graphic in nature, such as killings. Since the Facebook Live feature debuted, users witnessed a few murders, including police killings. The recent tragedies regarding Alton Sterling and Philando Castile would have left us with a lot of questions but thanks to Facebook, we’ve seen more than enough to realize that social injustice and devaluation of black lives is rampant….as it always has been.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, posted a statement on his page about Diamond Reynolds, who used the Facebook Live feature to capture the aftermath of her boyfriend’s murder by Minnesota Police. Reynold’s video and her account has since been removed, but not before her video went viral and seen by millions.

This is what Zuckerberg had to say:

Despite a successful fashion line debut at Madison Square Garden and the release of his 7th studio album, ‘The Life Of Pablo’, Kanye West reveals on Twitter that he’s 53 million dollars in personal debt.

 

After his apparent Twitter break to perform for ‘Saturday Night Live’, he returns to Twitter with a suggestion for Facebook owner, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg was recently in the news for sending hefty financial donations to organizations that he considers beneficial for the future; a future where his baby daughter will live in, which inspired Zuckerberg to donate.

A day later, Kanye pleads with fans to subscribe to Tidal, a music streaming service owned my Kanye, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Nikki Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna, and other big name musicians.

His next series of tweets were all over the place, until he reminded Zuckerberg that he needed his help and why.

He then shared more of his reasonings to why an investment in Kanye would be profitable….

To be continued…

Social media can be a gift and a curse depending on which day you login. I was apprehensive about joining and I don’t really remember why, but I was. After some convincing from my mother to give Facebook a try I jumped feet first into the social media pool. A pool that sometimes can be really shallow.

One of the cool things about social media is connecting with people you may have lost contact with over the years. For example, I wanted to get in contact with one of my old counselors from high school and I didn’t know how to. I was able to get her email address because one of my former high school teachers was able to help me through Facebook.

On the flip side things tend to become ridiculous at times. I read online that a random person on Instagram called Solange’s son ugly. I was disappointed because this has become common practice now. I can’t fathom how people make disparaging remarks about someone before they even brush their teeth. I hold some things sacred and I never would do something so silly. People try to out jackass each other. The other day I saw a derogatory comment on an Instagram post about somebody’s daughter making them a birthday cake. How do you hate on that?

Social media has opened the floodgates for people who have nothing better to do than troll people on the Internet and then hide behind fake screen names and stock photos. I love when I see good things trending on social media and I cringe when I see the cell phone videos going viral. There is never going to be a time when people don’t watch train wrecks. That is what it is. I choose not to be a part of the foolery.

Then sometimes we get those out of context videos. Narrative can be twisted any way we want and at the end of the day we have to make our own conclusions. What is on those videos sometimes is another whole blog post. When things evolve sometimes they evolve negatively. That’s what happened with some aspects of social media. There is the constant spamming or being added to groups on Facebook you wouldn’t dare join.

I didn’t think FOCUS was Will Smith’s strongest movie, but I’m not going to go to his social media page and call him a piece of shit actor now. That’s ridiculous. I remember when author/reader or actor/moviegoer interaction was respectful. There was an invisible wall there. Now with social media people think it’s okay to bash (not critique) an author or actor only because they have the means to. Sometimes it’s not even about their projects which is just utter nonsense.

I also hate when a person blasts someone on social media instead of handling the matter privately. Some things I don’t want to know or need to know. Social media is just an image. It’s what we want people to see us as. If we put any and everything out there the social media platforms would explode.

On a good note, I do think it’s a phenomenal tool that has helped more than its hurt, but sometimes I do miss the days before social media.

The days of walking into a bookstore and discovering new talent organically. Marketing wasn’t spamming a Facebook group and hoping something sticks. Your work sealed the deal and people latched on to quality. I had no problem having separation between me and the entertainer (author/actor/etc.) That’s just me. Some people like having access to celebrities or entertainers for the sole purpose of spitting vitriol at them. That’s corny to me and I’m sure their time could be used for something more constructive.

Social media is what you make it and when I log on I’m there to have fun. I implore you to do the same.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to make a call on my house phone with a cord and write my next blog post on this typewriter.

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Alright fellas, so she finally accepted your friend request on Facebook. You've been waiting because you somehow stumbled across her page, and thought she was extra fine in her profile picture. Now that you have access to her page, you glance at her relationship status, and then immediately start scrolling through the rest of her photos that you previously didn't have access to. Are those actions creepy? Well, that's left up to interpretation. The bottom line is no one knows what you’re doing in the privacy of your home, so it technically may not matter. HOWEVER, what you often do next is a huge mistake.

So now you've decided you are going to send her an inbox message. Let’s just stop right here for a second and think of that first part of this action. It’s possible that perhaps only 10 minutes have passed since she has approved your friend request at this point. With such a small amount of time having elapsed, perhaps you should reconsider reaching out so quickly. I'm not saying it’s absolutely in bad taste, but it’s at least something to consider. How will that look? What preconceived notion will she already have about you, since you were so eager to drum up this conversation? What does that say about your intentions? Alright, now with that in mind, BE CAREFUL with what you say next.

I bring to you now, a real example of this going wrong. Names will not be provided below, and some details will be left sketchy so that identities are not revealed.

Guy: Hi.

Woman: Hello.

Guy: So I see you are from Baltimore. So am I. I see you went to Lalala High School. I went to Bababa High school. I graduated in 19xx. Feel Free to text me sometime, or even call. My number is xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Woman: I'm not going to call you.


The above situation really happened. Where did he go wrong? Well, here is where my opinions come into play. Why was the conversation so short? There was very little effort put into what he decides to say to this woman, before trying to progress too quickly. Attempting to draw parallels just because they originated in the same city, doesn't seem to be strong enough of a connection. Additionally, referencing her high school almost seems like it was just this man's attempt of demonstrating that he made an effort to care about her and learn more about her by viewing her profile. A very weak attempt, in my opinion. In addition, why would those two statements have a natural transition into exchanging phone numbers? There clearly hasn't been enough dialogue to support that request at this point. This hasn't even become a conversation yet. The only thing this woman has even said to you is “Hello". What are you thinking? Why not make more of an effort to have a real conversation? Increase your chances of being successful. Have a genuine conversation, and see if any legitimate interest grows. Show that you’re not a creep or a weirdo. Prove that this isn't a "cookie-cutter" conversation that you have with every pretty face that answers your inbox messaging.

Believe it or not, even in this day of modern technology, sharing a phone number with someone is still a big deal. It’s a huge piece of our privacy, and it’s a big deal to share it with a stranger. Put yourself in her shoes, you haven't done anything to prove that you’re someone worth sharing that phone number with. You are STILL A STRANGER! Eliminate that issue, don't be foolish. Put yourself in her shoes and think, would you have given out your number so easily if you were her? Sure, you might know you’re not a dangerous guy, but how does she know? How can she make any positive decision about you, based on your actions up to this point? Would you want a woman your close within your family to interact with men online in such a way?

Personally, I've had the luck of keeping the same phone number for 10 years, and I'd rather not have to change it because I gave it out to freely and no longer want to receive the calls I'm receiving. That concept makes this type of request even stranger in my opinion. Fellas, think before you act. Facebook seems to give people more courage than they would have in real life. In addition, it also seems to remove the humanity aspect from interactions. You must associate a face on the other side of your conversation. KNOW that a real person is reading what you are saying, and making their own interpretations of what you are saying. I doubt that the man in this scenario would have allowed that conversation to flow in that same manner, had he been standing face-to face with this woman. It’s just not the natural flow of conversations. We have to stop letting modern technology ruin the art of communication. Its increasing the gap between men and women, even farther than it ever was.

Please comment with your opinions. It’s much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read. As always, I admit I’m far from perfect. Just trying to help. Keep your heads up, stay encouraged, and whatever you do, have some class

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I’ve been using my Facebook page long enough to see that social media can leave a huge impact on people…myself included. I used to always wonder why I read down my timeline and find posts that feel like someone need to invest in a diary, or someone is beefing with a family member, instead of calling that person, or the chick posting 1000 selfies a day, or the guy posting his money after cashing his refund check.

It all makes sense that these people are using social media like Facebook and Instagram to boost their self-esteem.

Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter can give a lot of social media users a false sense of belonging. We’re oblivious to what we’re doing because we’re too focused on trying to impress people we’ve never met with pictures, status updates, and a micro-blog with a 140 character limit. It becomes a problem when it becomes a daily habit, especially when there’s no connection with others in the real world.

Then there are those who envy what others post. I’ll use myself as an example because I do this often. When I see a picture of a beautiful couple (perhaps a wedding photo or one of their many “bae-cation” snapshots), my first thought is “I wish it was me” or “How lucky is she to find love”. It makes me realize where I fall short in my life. Leaving me “in my feelings”, if you will. I’ve ended up comparing myself to others in such a short amount of time. Imagine being on social media all day, admiring the people’s lives from the outside, looking in. If you often measure your success by others, it’ll definitely lower your spirit.

It happens to a lot of us but with different scenarios. We forget that everyone’s life looks perfect, but we’re only seeing a snapshot of their reality. We’re always going to see the “happier” moments of people posted on social media.

Social media has the power to affect our mood, turn us into attention-craving narcissists, and change what we think of ourselves. Social media make it hard for us to interact with others in real life.

How do we get rid of this unhealthy virtual habit?

Log off

And if that may be hard to do, limit the time you spend on social media by engaging in real-life events. Spend more time outdoors (without checking Facebook every two minutes). Make sure to get into an activity so enjoyable, that you’ll be too preoccupied and enlightened to even check your phone. Read that book that you’ve wanted to read, or dive into some volunteer work at your local community center.

How you feel about yourself is important, as well. There’s no need to envy the lives &/or success of other because we are all blessed during different times in our lives. I remind myself daily. Be comfortable in your own skin. The more you love yourself, the less you’ll have to convince that on social media with endless selfies. We know you’re beautiful..cut that out. What matters is that you know you’re beautiful without validation from others.

In conclusion, it’s really important for everyone to understand that social media is not the real world. It’s a whole nother world where everybody can be anything they want to be…even happy. We’ll never know if someone’s virtual world matches their real world unless we live in the same household. So remember, don’t let your harmless habit of browsing social media negatively impact your self-worth.