Viral Social Media Posts
Have you ever posted something on social media and it went viral? For most, that is what we are trying to strive for, but there are some that have trouble with what they post. Did you know there are right ways and wrong ways to post on social media! Like Facebook, Twitter, or which ever you use?
You hear of things in the news and in the news feeds on your social media sites, but if you are not sure on how your settings work or not knowing what is public, you are better off to keep it to yourself and not post it. There is a right way and a wrong way?
Being in the older generation, we are like the old dog learning new tricks. The way social media spreads the gossip is faster than the local newspaper does in a small town. It’s not just a small town, where everybody know everybody, it’s where the whole world are your neighbors and they see inside your house.
Do you wonder why things go viral?
Remember the old adage saying that when things are good you will tell 2, but if it’s bad you will tell 20?
Its true, think about it.
So what you choose to say and share on Facebook and Twitter should be considered that it is said to the whole wide world; not just your immediate circles. Setting can be set, but if you are not paying attention, the setting are updated and you need to readjust. So when you are using someone else s software to share your content you need to beware. Facebook does not create its own content, it relies on YOUR input to make it popular.
Have you ever been in the limelight of social media?
This seems to be a hot topic of late and it is a great example of what not to do and some examples of things you should not post or say when you are in a public office. Check out how bad things can go viral when you post on social media the wrong way.
The mayor of a small city in Washington reportedly admitted that he called President Barack Obama “monkey man” and first lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” but says he will not resign over the racist comments.
“Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, reportedly wrote in a Facebook post. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”
He also told local NBC station KHQ that the comments were just “playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.”
The posts could not be confirmed as they have since been either deleted or made private.
The city council has threatened sanctions against the mayor if he refuses to resign. The Spokesman-Review said sanctions could include limits on his involvement on boards and commissions.
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In this day and age, of course, a single poorly worded tweet on social media can destroy an entire career. So it can be important to not just focus on a single Facebook post, even one as offensive as Rushing’s: “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”
My lesson for you today is learning how to use social media wisely and how to guard yourself from harm, there are some rules to follow. If not, look back at the controversial things that can happen when you do not know what you are doing. “Think before you speak”.
Here are some pointers to using social media the right way.
- What you post IS important. Using quality content to share. It’s information being passed around for others to learn. You want people to see it. Your friends share with their friends and then they share it with their friends and so on. If you need to apologize for something, don’t say it to begin with.
- Timing it right. Throughout the day there are good times and bad times to post. Depending on when it’s posted some might see it and some might not.
- Choose quality not quantity. If you post trash then you will be seen that way. People take offense and get opinions like the posting above; or the opposite, they just end up ignoring you. Don’t hurt yourself or your brand, pick your content for what you want others to see.
- Use your insights to discover content. There can be trends on social media. Some like video, some like images, others like opinions. What you choose to share will reflect on what you want others to see from your personality and ie:brand.
- Asking your fans and friends to help. Listen and respond to comments. Don’t post what you don’t want shared. Remember, your friends share with their friends…..etc.
So your choice; you can either admit defeat and move away from Facebook and twitter,like some. Or you can act as a true entrepreneur, listen to how others do it and alter your strategy.
Mind the rules and keep up to date on the settings so that what you post will be seen as helpful and entertaining for all.