Social Media. “Let me tell you something, but don’t tell me I am wrong!”
Social media is a great tool for spreading a message. What better way is there today? In the past if you wanted to promote, talk about, or learn about an event you needed to read the newspaper or see a T.V commercial. But today within minutes we can spread the word to thousands of people, for free! I too use social media all the time. However of late I have noticed a disturbing trend, someone will post something clearly opinionated, controversial, and at times just plain old rude. But rather than be willing to discuss their opinions, the posters write for themselves a disclaimer: “This is what I think, and I don’t want anyone that disagrees with me to tell me!” … Really? Here is a quick set of tips to help you answer the question “Should I post this to social media?”
The first thing we need to understand is that social media is a public forum! PUBLIC. Meaning that you have just shouted something out loud in the food court of the mall during lunch hour! Shouting something out loud in a public place now opens you to receiving differing opinions. In the real world we would of course expect people to question us. But for some reason behind the “safety” of social media people think that they can say whatever they feel like with zero consequence, or zero debate!
It is completely ludicrous to expect others to just swallow your opinion that is spewed so frequently on the internet, conflict free. Here is a tip: If you publicly post something on the internet, be prepared for people to not agree with you! Don’t demand that they not have their own thoughts and ideas, and just gobble down the post like it is some mind blowing revelation of wisdom, there is a good chance it isn’t.
Be prepared, when saying things publicly, you have just opened yourself to be questioned! I am fully aware anytime I post something that I am opening myself up to be questioned, in fact I ENCOURAGE IT! Posting on social media is how we can create a discussion, IT IS NOT a place to taunt those that don’t agree with you, and then pull out the “I am just giving you my own thoughts, so you can’t say anything about them” card.
So next time you are going to post that idea, please be ready to hear from people! OR just unfollow all those people that don’t agree with you… But you wouldn’t do that because those are the people you are REALLY aiming at anyway…