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Social Media Late Adopter

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I am not ashamed to admit that when it comes to Social Media, I previously wore the Scarlet Letter as a Late Adopter. It wasn’t that I was intimidated by it. I do not think I truly understood the benefits and I certainly did not buy into the hype. Working in retail management for over ten years, I did not interact with a lot with the Social Media channels, but I enjoyed surfing the net.
I recall my talks with family and friends regarding Facebook. They would say “Kim, people are asking about you, so should think about creating a Facebook account.” For the longest time during the conversations I had with family and friends, Facebook would somehow make its way into the discussion. For months, my response was always the same, I did not want to be bothered and no one is looking for me. Obviously neither of those statements was true.
Finally after months of Facebook beatdown exchanges, I threw in the towel, waved the white flag and created an account. I also shamefully admit my mom had established an account long before I did.
Once I started living the Facebook life (minus a profile picture, I still get nagged about that), I thought to myself this is a neat concept. I began trying to find everyone from my past that really left a lasting impression in my life. The unfortunate fact I had to face is that sometimes the impact was not reciprocated. I will say that bothered me. Also an important reminder is that many years have elapsed since I last talked to these friends and we no longer have that much in common. But the memories we shared will always have a place in my heart.
Facebook is neat in too many ways to name; however, here are a few of my favorite things. I enjoy seeing my friends children grow into adulthood, old and new pictures and sharing the old school music videos.
I even ventured out and created a LinkedIn account. As the lyrics from the 1970’s Jefferson’s sitcom “I’m moving on up, I finally got my piece of the (Facebook/LinkedIn) pie.”
I took advantage of a government sponsored Public Relations Specialist nine month certification program. One of the courses that I am currently enrolled in is Social Media. It is one of my favorite classes on the curriculum. It required that I utilize Twitter, Pinterest, create a blog as well as Facebook. I will admit some fear had set in, because tweeting, pinning and blogging (I am speaking the social media language yall) was not something I was comfortable with. Now, that is not the case, I feel confident and comfortable using the channels. Really once you get started it is not difficult.
As great as Social Media is, it has it problems. There is cyber bullying, lies, hoaxes, racist sites, and some celebrities I wish would give the world and the Social Media channels a break. Their so many inappropriate sites I cannot name them all. Just remember to use your built in sensory and filter skills to separate the good from the evil. You noticed I did not use the word “bad.” The reason for this is that the word “bad” is too nice of a word to describe the hot mess and foolishness that is oozing out on the World Wide Web.
Despite its misgivings, I encourage everyone to give Social Media a try. It is a wonderful tool to assist you in every aspect of your life. Whether it’s a meet up group or you are trying to find a tasty recipe for that tired “baked chicken” dish. Do not let your age or lack of education be a barrier. There is help for anyone at any level. Research your area libraries, colleges and universities for information on upcoming classes or workshops. Remember…you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.


Author: 5oci4lm3di4101

We're a class learning about the ins and outs of social media. We learn by doing.

One thought on “Social Media Late Adopter

  1. I enjoyed your blog Kim. You write humorously and visually. 🙂 -Cheryl

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