Monday, October 24, 2016

17 Scariest Things About Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It's getting on to the end of October and I just couldn't resist a tongue-in-cheek post about something scary. After spending the fall traveling and teaching social media I have plenty of fears to share. Lest you think this is me pointing fingers, let me reassure you. EVERY single one of the things listed has been something I've done/struggled with at some point. 

Remember, none of us is born knowing how to do this stuff. So lets laugh at our phobias together!

17 Scariest Things About Social Media

1. Having to have a picture taken to use as an avatar. Someone please reassure me that I'm not the only person who hates having her picture taken!

2. Trying to figure out the point of Twitter. HINT: Use Hootsuite. The columns can help you pull out what's relevant. Otherwise you're stuck trying to pull something meaningful from the home feed.

3. The pressure of taking beautiful pictures for Instagram. I'm an amateur photographer, but at times it feels like so much pressure to make sure something is Instagram-worthy. 

4. Working to make my social media names match across platforms. Okay, this one wasn't much of an issue for me - except for the fact that my memory is bad. For a while I was using Edie Melson and Edie G Melson. 

5. Refusing friend requests on Facebook. I can't help it. I feel guilty and agonize over many of these. We have lots of friends in common, but I don't actually know them. I've learned the hard way to pass on requests from people I don't know.

6. Receiving friend requests on Facebook. Have you seen some of the creepers that hang out on FB? They are sometimes the stuff of nightmares! LOL!

7. Political rants. 'nuff said

8. Taking a FB quiz and discovering your steampunk name is Dame Beatrice Kettlebottom. Seriously. It was a huge disappointment and definitely something I did NOT share on FB.

9. Discovering my life isn't beautiful enough to be on Pinterest. Where do these people find the time—not to mention the money to do this stuff???

10. Finding out Facebook is changing their Edgerank algorithm yet again. It seems like they have a think tank whose only goal is to think of as many ways as possible to sabotage our efforts?

11. Realizing you used the word your instead of you're in a grammar rant. I really try to avoid posing when I'm frustrated. This is the reason why. 

12. Posting a beautiful meme with the perfect quote and discovering you’ve got the attribution wrong. Yep, it happened to me. All I can say is be sure to check and double-check who said what you're sharing.

13. Sharing a light-hearted update and getting angry and/or weird comments. When this happens I can't decide if what I said was unclear or the people commenting are just a little dense.

14. Learning how to use hashtags. Now that I know how, they're great. But learning the best ways took time.

15. Anything to do with snap chat. If someone says Snap Chat to me, I mentally stuff my fingers in my ears and try to ignore anything that's said.

18. Trying to Find the Time to actually DO social media. My schedule is slammed full and some days it seems I can't add one more thing.

17. The scariest thing ever with social media is refusing to do it and missing out on a book contract because you have no platform! I lost a book contract in the mid-nineties because I didn't have a platform. That's one of the reasons I made sure it would never happen again. But truthfully, I hear stories about this happening on a weekly basis.

This is my list. What scares you the most about social media. Leave your answers in the comments section below!

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  1. Sharon Blackstock DobbsOctober 24, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Oh Edie, you gave me a chuckle this morning, Number 7 is scary. Why would little ole me receive a friend request from "an engineer on an oil rig in the North Atlantic"?
    Number 9 can be fun. Who would I be if I were a dog? How smart am I? If I wasn't so sweet would I be a psychopathic killer? These quizzes are fun to take, more fun not to share. Heh, Heh. And don't get me started with number 14. If you (light heartedly) share that you are hungry enough to eat a horse,
    Edie, you do such a great job with the Write Conversation. I enjoy reading what you and your guests share.
    Y'all keep up the good work.

    1. Sharon, thank you so much! Blessings, E

  2. #14, some people just like to be contentious. and I know a few like that!
    and #15, #clueless

    1. Robin, you are so right. Thanks for dropping by, Blessings, E

  3. LOL, why do you think one of my hobbies is photography? I'm always behind the camera!

    As for what scares me most about social media is the tendency to spend way too much time trying to get it right.

    A related fear is getting so frustrated with lack of return on investment for all the time spent that I do nothing at all.

    Have done both.

    Gave up on everything.

    Am now starting again and doing things more wisely.

    1. Carrie Lynn, I'm a behind the scenes person too! Good thoughts, Blessings, E

  4. #14 Reminds me of a terrible mistake I made a few weeks ago. One of my friends posted an adorable pic of her grandson getting on the bus to go to camp. I intended to hit the Wow button because he has grown so quickly but since I was on my cellphone with a tiny keyboard, I accidentally hit the angry button without realizing it. My friend was concerned, her daughter was upset and I couldn't believe I had made such a terrible mistake. I appologized, explained what happened and they understood. Now, I use the heart instead of Wow when I am responding on the cellphone. I still cringe just thinking about it.

    1. Kathy, We've all done things like that! Thanks for sharing your story! Blessings, E

  5. Combining #12 and #13 and only realising there's a typo in the meme after you post it everywhere. (And not a typo that can be explained away as a difference between US and UK spelling.)