Have you ever wondered why some folks blog about what is really obvious?
Potential employers are doing background checks by using social media? Really? “Re-tweeting” is a great way to spread information on Twitter? No way!
For a long time, I assumed these posts were purely for SEO purposes. I then realized these posts exist because they really are needed. I am constantly amazed by some of the material I see shared by individuals who actively use social media – especially Twitter – to professionally brand themselves. That being said, here is a quick reminder of what you should actually be sharing…
Your Personal Side
I have written about this before, and my opinion still stands. It really doesn’t matter what the Social Media Elite have to say about what you had for lunch. You must convey to the public that you are a human being. That means talking about on your favorite sports team, your favorite music and even your favorite food.
1) The Boston Red Sox
2) Hardcore punk and metal
3) Indian food – all day, everyday!
Your Thoughts and Opinions…Within Reason
Acting like a robot is pretty self-defeating. The folks who stand out are not afraid to go against the grain. If you have a differing opinion, don’t be afraid to share it. You will be surprised by the amount of people willing to get to know you because of it. This does not mean, however, that you should be screaming from the rooftops about every controversial topic you can think of. It is usually a good idea to stay away from politics and religion.
1) I contemplate deleting my Facebook account daily.
2) The reason I stay clear of political debates is because most people are not interested in sharing ideas. They are interested in telling you why you are wrong.
3) Alf’s real name is Gordon Shumway. Did you know that?
Everything but the Kitchen Sink
Twitter is not just about tweeting. In fact, there are a whole slew of activities you can take part in such as file sharing, activism and even some game playing. Just because you are using the service for professional purposes, doesn’t mean you cannot have a little fun, right?
1) Not really an answer here. Instead I am going to fully admit that some of these tools are lame.
Did this post help? I hope so. I think I actually learned from it!
What did you learn? You can at least tell me your favorite food…