Social Media Management – How important is it?

In a world where you would need to turn off the wifi in your homes to get the family to gather in one place, yes, social media management is absolutely essential for every brand that exists.

Social Media Management has created a whole new department of jobs in every firm which means the ever-growing population might actually have jobs now! Woo-hoo!

Considering how active I personally am on social media platforms, I cannot even fathom how easy it is for a brand to reach me and people like me by just having an online presence. However, this presence needs to be monitored and modified to the target market. You cannot advertise old-age homes to a student who hasn’t even entered the workforce yet. This is precisely why brands do need social media management along with a qualified and efficient social media manager.

Having been a part of the Social Media Tactics class has helped me learn a lot more about major online platforms which has now helped modify how I would write copy for a brand’s Facebook page, and to be honest, how I currently write on my own Facebook profile as well.

As they say, once you post something on the online universe that is the internet, it stays there forever. If that’s the case, I say we all need to keep track of the quality of content we upload. Nobody want’s a stupid status from 8th grade suddenly show up do they? (Yes, this happened to me over the weekend.) Also, there’s an app called Scrubber that will now save you from putting up work that’s NSFW! Have a look at it on the link given in the references. (Koman, 2014)

Until the next post 🙂

Reference:

Koman, T. (2014). New App Warns You If Your Social Feeds Are Too NSFW. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/news/a28522/scrubber-app-nsfw-social-feeds/

Google+ – Why do you even exist?

Most people I know would probably be asking the same question that forms the title of this post. However, the one thing we don’t realise is that Google + is a lot more than just Google+ or G+. It’s the entire Google family.

Have you ever used Google Chrome, Google Play or YouTube? All of these require you to make a Google account, or smartly put, a Google+ account. I personally don’t even remember why and when I made one, but the only time it actually struck me was when I opened my browser window and had the Google logo modified into party mode wishing me Happy Birthday! Les-be-onest (Pitch Perfect Reference!), I was flattered for the first 5 seconds, but post that was when I started to get creeped out wondering how they remembered or even knew my birthday. And also, the fear of what else they knew. I’m not a serial killer or anything but it was still something I worried about. That’s when I noticed the Google+ logo in the corner with my ID logged in. Stupid, Anjan.

“Google says it has more than 300 million monthly users, which is more than Twitter at 240 million, but Nielsen has found people spend little time on Google Plus.” (Sloan, 2014) I have never in my life had anyone ask me if I had a Google+ account. Never. But then again, almost every single person I know uses YouTube. Well played, Google.

Reference:

Sloane, G. (2014). Google Plus Just as Popular as Twitter in U.S., Study Says. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/google-plus-just-popular-twitter-us-study-says-156645

 

LinkedIn – The Work-verse

Every second lecturer or tutor I’ve met at University, has asked me if I had a LinkedIn account. And when I said I didn’t, they would immediately flip! So I finally got one.

To be absolutely honest, I’ve had my LinkedIn account for a couple of months now but I only just updated it to my most recent work profile last night. I’ve never been really active on it, but when I did actually update everything yesterday, I started to add all these people as my connections and my profile was on a roll! I had people I didn’t know viewing my profile and that made me realise how essential it was. You never know when a potential employer is looking through your profile and could help you land your dream job, right?

Also, I did find this article online which I believer outlines everything about LinkedIn I’d want to say. I will mention the highlights on here and you can read through the entire piece using the link mentioned at the end. So here are the 15 LinkedIn Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid. (Shane, 2014)

Mistake #1: Having an Unfinished LinkedIn Profile

Mistake #2: Posting an Inappropriate Picture, or Worse, No Picture

Mistake #3:  Connecting to People, Then Immediately Trying to Sell Them

Mistake #4: Using Inaccurate Career Information

Mistake #5:  Not Including Dates and Brief Job Descriptions in Your Experience

Mistake #6: Infrequent Status Updates

Mistake #7: Over Posting Daily

Mistake #8: Asking for Recommendations From People You Barely Know

Mistake #9:  Sending Direct Spammy Stuff

Mistake #10: Posting Overly Negative Comments

Mistake # 11: Being Too Self Serving in Groups

Mistake #12: Not Including Links to Your Key Sites on Your Profile

Mistake #13: Not Personalizing Your LinkedIn Profile URL

Mistake #14: Using LinkedIn Like Facebook or Instagram

Mistake #15: Not Personalizing Your Connection Requests or Personal Messages

 

I’ve definitely learned a thing, or five from this post and I hope this helps you too!

Reference:

Shane, D. (2014). 15 LinkedIn Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid. Retrieved 2014, from http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/06/linkedin-mistakes-to-avoid.html

 

Pinterest – Our virtual pin-board

I have to admit, I haven’t actually used Pinterest in a while now. But yes, there was a phase where I had 20 different boards with one for everything from ‘Nail Art Designs’ to ‘The Vampire Diaries’.

Pinterest can be an extremely addictive social media platform when you do start to use it, but I can’t help but feel how it is a partial rip-off of tumblr. “In terms of visual micro-blogging or social bookmarking websites, Pinterest and Tumblrhave taken center stage as image-driven organizational centers for billions of images, categorized and curated by each user to create their individual profile.” (Happe, 2012) I absolutely love tumblr and do check it once every 2-3 days and have a couple of my own blogs on it as well. However, with Pinterest, when you first start to use it, it’s super exciting with the option to segregate the images you like and the tons of DIY projects it hosts. I even made my own makeup-remover wipes once, which were a fail, but come on, I tried. My mother did start to go crazy with all the projects that I wanted to try and was on the verge of trying to shut down my account somehow (Oh boy) but I stopped eventually.

On a personal note, I don’t think it’s something, like Facebook or Instagram, that could stick on or have your attention for a very long time. It feels a lot like a one-hit wonder to me. Now if only they decided to update it and switch up a couple of things to make it more desirable…

Reference:

Happe, M. (2012). Tumblr v. Pinterest – which is right for you?. Retrieved 2014, from http://college.usatoday.com/2012/05/01/tumblr-v-pinterest-which-is-right-for-you/

Twitter – Helping journalists since 2006, or not?

Being a journalism student, since the beginning of university, almost every professor in week one of class has said ‘ Less is more’. Now of course, they aren’t referring to the amount of assignments. What they are actually talking about, is word count.

As journalists, we’ve been trained to believe that the lesser words you can tell your story in, the better it is. And i’d say if you’re a journo using Twitter, the 140 character-limit that they have definitely make you rethink your statement and gives you a chance to better your writing. “There’s actually a reason behind the not-so-arbitrary 140 character limit of Twitter and that is simply to fit in an SMS message. It’s a limitation that actually defines and sets Twitter apart from other services in so many good ways. It is easier to consume, cheaper in terms of SMS/data sent and received, and it actually encourages people to get straight to the point.” (Tan, 2011)

But what if you’re not a journo? What if you’re a teenager who’s going crazy over the new One Direction single? You’re not going to give a s*** about the spelling! That’s when you start to shorten your words by eliminating vowels and risk yourself sounding like someone who needs to go back to grade school.

The reason for the 140 character limit existing is so that it was similar to the length of a single SMS. Well, if this is how things are going to go on, I’m positive that Twitter isn’t going to help make the world a better place, well at least not their English.

Reference:

Tan, F. (2011). Why Twitter Should Never Expand Beyond 140 Characters – The Next Web. Retrieved 2014, from http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2011/02/21/why-twitter-should-never-expand-beyond-140-characters/

Is YouTube restricting you from going global?

How often has it happened that one of your international friends from uni has shared a YouTube video on their walls which looks super hilarious or extremely interesting at the least and you click on it hoping it’s in a language you understand, and bam! There pops up a message from the bitter-sweet video portal, stating ‘This video is not available in your country’. How many of you has this happened to? I’m guessing heaps.

Being a student at Bond University automatically guarantees the fact that you will have a social circle with people from everywhere in the world. And with everyone being extremely tech-savvy, you’re probably bombarded with posts in about 4-5 different languages every single day, almost half of them being video shares, on YouTube. I’m a very social person and absolutely love learning more about different cultures and I personally feel YouTube puts a restraint on my cultural growth and enhancement by blocking videos in various countries.

They say that you learn more outside the classroom than you do in it. And that learning definitely happens via the sources we have access to in our daily lives which includes the internet. “Students with better basic Internet skills and who viewed the learning environment as promoting the use of the Internet favored using the Internet for learning.” (Hong, 2003) You can learn a lot about almost everything from YouTube, from how to open a can to how to build a boat. But if it isn’t ‘available in your country’ then how are you going to learn?

Think about it.

Reference:

Hong, K. (2003). Students’ attitudes toward the use of the Internet for learning: A study at a university in Malaysia. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.ifets.info/others/journals/6_2/5.html

Are you Facebook Official yet?

According to a new study in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, “People who use Facebook more than once a day are more likely to report relationship conflicts arising from social media.” As soon as I say ‘relationships’ most of you think of either your own boyfriend/girlfriend or another couple you know of. And that’s perfectly normal, because most people at our age are thinking about it. Family, friends, acquaintances all come after that one special person. Gone are the days where doves flew to and fro with love letters. Bye-bye little birdy. Hello Social Media.

But is it necessary to show your affection for your partner online? On conducting a survey between people aged 15-25 via Survey Monkey, I found that a surprising 88% of respondents said that it’s not. With the large amount of ‘affection’ that we see splattered all around our news feed, we’d expect the amount to be much higher. But still, social media manages to take us over. When writer Holly Sidells’s boyfriend was not very keen about posting stuff about them online, she freaked out. (Sidell, 2011) “The real issue was that I attached meaning to his action (or rather, inaction). And that meaning I attached was that he’s not as in it as me, that I must have been making this whole love thing up in my head, and that he obviously doesn’t like me as much as I like him. WHOA. That’s quite a conclusion to jump to without any substantiated evidence!” she said. We make assumptions before even giving our partners a chance to give us answers to all the WH questions in our heads. Relationship downfall alert!

I am sure I’m not the only one who’s seen this couple going on about their love for each other online and as soon as you see them in public, you would not believe they are romantically involved with each other. Dr. Rachna Jain believes that people easily confuse ‘digital intimacy for true intimacy’. (Jain, 2010) It confuses you to see your friends talking about their relationship, sharing cute photos, quotes, and the likes online but barely ever even sit together in public. People might be shy in public, their families might be unaware, or maybe they are just trying to show EVERYONE how ‘happy’ they are, hence, all the love uproar online. In some cases, technology might just be the only way a relationship is still working. For instance, the ‘internet’ couple, which is basically, people who have never really met each other but have fallen for their online personalities. A survey respondent said that the Internet allows superficial relationships to happen but prevent meaningful relationships and are limited on many levels.

Also, technology is a major element of LDRs i.e. Long Distance Relationships with 76% of the young adults that took my survey, being in favour of it. It might be the only way they can communicate. Online dating expert Julie Spira talks about the beauty of old methods of communication. “Social media shouldn’t be a complete substitute for old-fashioned courtship or you might just find yourself with a digital pen-pal. Picking up the phone to hear someone’s voice will never go out of style.” (Spira, 2012) There were some conflicting views based on the concept of LDRs wherein one view said that it made people closer and appreciate the relationship more whereas the other said that it increases ‘fights, misinterpretations and false judgment.’

Social Media Marketing Expert Aanam Chashmawala said, “I think that with the era we’re in, there’s very little information that’s not already out there; so something like relationships is a matter of personal choice. From friends of friends to public, from exes being able to stalk you right up to the prying eyes of family members, the reach of the content you post will be far so as to the extent of your privacy settings.” (Chashmawala, 2014) We don’t realise the content we post on our respective social media handles until some friend stalks you and starts to like your posts from years ago. Aanam, however, supports the online media completely. “The point of social media has always been to enable communication, connect people, bring them together under one gigantic global roof, I think that it’s doing precisely that.”

We have the most control over what we put up online, and all we need to do is monitor what’s meant for the public and what’s not.

References:

Chashmawala, A. (2014). Facebook Relationships.

Jain, D. (2010). 4 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Relationships |. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/4-ways-social-media-is-changing-your-relationships/

Sidell, H. (2011). Dating And Facebook: ‘It’s Complicated’. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holly-sidell/facebook-relationship-sta_1_b_1098478.html

Spira, J. (2012). Social Media Etiquette: Do You Kiss and Tell?. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-spira/social-media-etiquette-do_b_1892369.html