10 Life Lessons One Can Learn From Being Active in Social Media

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10 Life Lessons One Can Learn From Being Active in Social Media
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It’s amazing how technology has evolved and has made our lives so much better. One part of technology that has made a big impact on both our lives is social media. We are both active on different social media platforms. Imagine if not for Twitter our paths would not have even crossed.

Social media day is even celebrated all over the world because, whether everyone agrees with it or not, social media is now part of our everyday life. When you want to see and share photos of your family, you just go to Facebook and you will see what is happening to them day in and day out. You need a recipe for a dish you want to prepare for a party, what do you do? Ask your friends to recommend one on Twitter. For those who are still afraid to be active on social networking sites, here are some lessons we both have learned and hopefully can help make your journey an easy and painless as possible:

1. Be careful what you share – Remember what you share online will remain online forever. So if you had lots to drink or you are mad, don’t tweet it or wait until you are sober to update your social site.

2. Just be yourself – When we met for the very first time, we felt comfortable with each other because we were exactly who we are online as we are offline. We need not pretend to be another person. In the long run people will figure out who you really are. No one wants to be fooled both online and off-line. We believe everyone is special in their own way and has something unique to offer the World as long as they let their true self shine.

3. You become a citizen of the world – Being active on social media will open a bigger world to you. You don’t only meet people from all over the world, but you become exposed to diverse cultures, food, history and experiences just by looking at what they share on the different social sites. Time zones do not exists and distance is not a barrier to connect and interact.

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4. It’s not all about YOU – One thing we don’t get is that some people still tend to live in a bubble. To be truly involved in social media means you need to be social too. Converse and engage, reciprocate. Egos can be inflated on social media. Just like in life, make sure to keep both feet on the ground. Do more listening than talking.

5. Give and you will receive – This is something we both believe in. Just like in your everyday life if you know how to give, you will receive back even if you do not expect anything in return. There are so many ways you can give back to your online friends: a tweet, a retweet, a kind word, a thoughtful comment on their blog or Facebook page goes a long way.

6. Learn and inspire – People often say that being active on social sites is a time waster. It need not be if you learn and share and inspire others. It will then become a worthwhile endeavor. We love being active because we have had received so many wonderful comments from people we have inspired and lives we have touched.

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7. You can use your influence for good – Do you know of a cause that needs support? Would like to donate your time or money? There are so many opportunities that are open for you to help out. You just need to be following the right people and brands to find out details.

8. Common sense should not be forgotten – We often hear of horror stories of people being scammed online or have their hearts broken because they fell in love with someone online and the person was not who they say they were. Always make sure you are still cautious, take care of your privacy and practice safety both online and offline.

9. Its okay to have an opinion – You don’t have to do what everyone is doing. You don’t have to always go with the flow. You can share what you think and have your own opinion. Do what you think is right for you in the social sphere.

10. You learn to take the good and the bad – In the online world, everything becomes amplified. What is posted can be spread around in minutes. We know that if you put yourself out there, there may be people who instead of offering constructive criticism will put you down. This will happen sometimes and you don’t have to hide or be afraid. Just know they will be there and you will learn to face and deal with them the best way you can.

There you go, our ten life lessons you can learn from being active on social media. If you have discovered lessons that have made an impact in your life as we have, please share them with us and our wonderful readers by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear from you.

Photo Credits [Marty McPadden]

About the authors:

Marty McPadden founder and host of PodJamTv is a professional photographer, videographer, blogger, apple geek and a Production Supervisor at ESPN one of the largest sports network in the world. His vast knowledge in the above mentioned field will allow you our readers to tap into tools, apps, reviews and tips that he has learned and mastered over the years. How to’s and hacks that will allow you to have a richer online experience.

Misty Belardo co host and co writer of PodJamTv is an experienced blogger, designer and a self proclaimed Twitter-holic and an avid Facebook user is a Senior Production Manager at Barefoot Proximity, one of the most awarded advertising agencies across the globe. Her experience with writing, designing, SEO and brand and advertising strategy will give readers a point of view of what happens behind the scenes in the digital sphere.

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  • Nicole 55

    Thank you for your help although a bit of a luddite i found your 10 life lessons very helpful

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Hi Nicole, we are glad that you found the lessons we both have learned helpful. It is our goal here at PodJamTV to share our experiences and hopefully allow people to have a more enjoyable online adventure.

  • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

    Thank you Nicole! Misty said it all. :-)

  • Cac_carter

    Thank you for sharing great advice.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You’re welcome and thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Number 5 says give and you will receive. Is that only with social media or is it part of a belief like the law of reciprocity or karma? If so then if you do bad, that comes back upon you. Then you have number 8 with common sense. Now does saying it make a difference. Like today I was going to go to try juggling knives and then I read this and decided not to. If the first part is true, then you have no need to worry.

    Saying that you do good things and good things happen to you means that you are in control. If that is the case then only you can hurt yourself. And you only hurt yourself if that is what you need to do. So people who are scammed, caused it because that is what they need. Now some guy remembered that Jesus said “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Now did Jesus leave out why or did the guy not remember that Jesus said that what you do to others comes back to you. Or in more recent terms, what goes a round comes around. Now this is a great article since if you read an article of mine I want you to say that it is great.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thanks Chuck. To keep things simple, I believe in giving first and always moving forward toward whee you want to go and not looking back. As a result, good things come back to me. I don;t know about you but it works for me. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/GoogleExpertUK Susan Dolan

    I think you have raised some valid points on social media, especially the part about being yourself {obviously not when intoxicated!}. I find Twitter is a great resource for quick information of like minded people within the same industry “Birds of a feather flock together”. Well I guess their business model works! ;)

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you Susan.