If you are using it correctly, there are so many ways to use social media to your advantage. It can teach you so much about the world, different things to make your life easier, and it helps you stay connected with all of your friends. Here are my tips on different ways to use social media to your advantage and make your life just a little bit better.
1. Market Yourself
One of the best ways to use social media is to get your presence out there. What are you good at, what do you like to do, what are your interests? Use social media to make yourself known. Not only can this help in your career, but can help you all aspects of life. Tweet articles you find relevant to your life, share videos and pictures of your accomplishments on Facebook. Ensure you have a a relevant Instagram hashtag search set for each of your photos. And make sure you have a LinkedIn profile for a more professional aspect of social media.
YouTube alone can teach so much in so many areas. Learn how to sew, cook a special dinner, or basically anything you can ever imagine. People are constantly posting DIY and How-To articles and videos. Take advantage of all of that information and use it to your advantage and better yourself.
3. Stay Informed
If there is one reason I have a Twitter, it is to stay informed. I follow all of the major news platforms like CNN, New York Times, and even Huffington Post to stay updated on major news stories from across the globe. Being informed is very important but it can sometimes seem like a hassle. Social media makes it so easy to get tons of news all at the touch of a button.
4. Connect with Friends
Obviously you should be using social media to connect with friends. But it goes so much further than posting on your friend’s Facebook wall. By following friends on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest, you can stay connected to your friends and get updates on their life. Keep in contact with your friends even when you cannot be face to face with them.
5. Stay Motivated
One of my favorite things about Pinterest is that motivational pins on it. Especially if you are dieting, there are tons of workouts, healthy recipes, and motivational quotes that are just the inspiration you need to stay on track. And if you use Twitter or Instagram to keep updates on your progress, you will be more motivated to work hard because others will be seeing it.
6. Express Yourself
If you found a new hobby, share it with the world. Use social media to share everything about you from your political opinions to fashion style. Not only will it foster conversation between others and yourself, you might be introduced to some new ideas.
7. Make Your Presence Known
If you are on social media, you should be on it for a reason. What is the point of having all of these different accounts if you don’t use them? Social media sites are so easy to use and you can even sync some of them up to share one post across 3 or 4 different platforms. Make sure you are actually using them and make your presence known on these sites. Foster conversations with others, share your opinion, and make sure others are listening to what you have to say.
So many people think social media is inhibiting face-to-face conversation, but if you are using it correctly, it can actually enhance your face-to-face conversation. There are so many ways to use social media to your advantage and have it benefit your life rather than be a hassle. What are other ways you use social media to your advantage? What social media accounts do you have? Do you like or dislike social media?