Pursue the Opportunities
The dangers of social media get most of the attention, but that can mask the opportunities. There are a lot of ways that social media can help you make connections and build your web of relationships.
- You can reach lots of people
- You can get involved in lots of groups and organizations
- You can join chat rooms and such to associate, learn, contribute
- You can overcome geographic limitations
- You can be involved in more diversity – connect to people different than you and in situations different from yours
- You can stay connected between face-to-face opportunities or even phone contacts
- You can do quick updates, touches – don’t always have to meet or have phone calls longer than necessary
- You can ask for advice
- You can find people with similar interests
- It’s often easier to handle criticism easier if you don’t have to react right away
- It provides a world to connect to beyond family, neighborhood, school…….
That are a Lot of Opportunities to Pursue, So:
- Think about how you want to use social media to connect – how you want to use it, not just reacting to others or what pops up in front of you.
- Try lots of connections with low expectations of what will happen. Just see what results and continue where your experience is good and stop engaging where it is a negative experience.
- And – always balance your time and attention online with the time and attention you devote to the non-digital world around you.
Connecting Online – My Plan
|Connections||How to Connect (Method, tool) – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.||Why – Get What From the Connection?|
|Connections to Groups (Interest groups, civic or professional groups, chatrooms, etc.|