Trending News in Social Media

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This weekend I conducted a search on the latest and greatest social media news and trends. These are a few of the articles that I found may be helpful to you:

Six Facebook Updates That Are Great for Businesses

How to Get More likes on Facebook for just $1 per Day

How do You Actually Become a Social Media Superstar

The #1 Most Important Think to Look for in a Social Media Manager

Happy reading!

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Debunking the Myths

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This week alone has made the most intelligent of people seem really, really naive. I may have wanted to say something instead of naive, but let’s just stick with naive. Today we are going to talk about common myths of social media.

A myth is a widely held false belief or idea.

Social media is full of them. Here’s the knowledge you need right now.

  1. Facebook does not charge, will not charge, and writing a statement telling them not to charge is not going to change that fact.
  2. Facebook is finally working on a dislike button, but it will be free. That means it will not cost anything. We don’t pay to like things, we won’t pay to dislike them either.
  3. If you take a photo and post it on Facebook, it’s yours. It’s not Facebook’s, and they can’t do anything with it. The only exception to that rule is if the photo is vulgar or profane in any way.
  4. No matter how good they look online, photos posted to social media are going to be low resolution and oftentimes do very little good printed. There is no point in even trying to make this work. It won’t. Leave photos from social media exactly where they are — on social media.
  5. Social media can track you, no matter where you are. The truth of this statement is that anytime you use a computer or computing device, you can be tracked. Check-ins on Facebook are not automatic, they are user-initiated. Smartphones are enabled with tracking devices, but those are the phones, not the actual social media apps.
  6. Businesses only use social media to stalk their customers. Not quite. Social media is a form of marketing. Businesses use social media to gain more customers. And believe it or not, Facebook protects the regular folks from business scams. In order to get their messages seen by actual potential customers, legitimate companies have to pay for advertising on Facebook…and it isn’t cheap.
  7. Facebook is full of teenagers. It really isn’t. According to a recent article in Adweek magazine, the majority of Facebook users are between the ages of 18 and 44. Thirteen – seventeen year olds are using Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. If you using social media to keep tabs on your teen, Facebook won’t tell you anything.
  8. Social media is full of gossip. Well, that statement might be true. But, it is also riddled with untruth. Leading news outlets now use social media to report the news. And the American Press reports that 88 percent of Millennials — those born between the early 1980s and 2000 — get their news from social media. Not celebrity news, not random news, but real, legitimate news that their parents are getting from the major television networks.
  9. Social media is not a science. That’s probably one of the biggest misconceptions out there. Social media is a science that is governed by metrics and statistics for the digital world we live in. There are people behind the science, but to understand social media is to understand how the networks are connected to the world — through data and scientific measures.

While this list is a good start, I’m sure we may uncover some more this month.

Have you seen or heard any social media myths that are worth sharing?

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31 Days of Simple Social Media

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Welcome to October! This month I am joining bloggers from all over the world in a special writing challenge. The challenge, called 31 Days, encourages us to write about one topic for 31 days.

Can we be honest here? it is called a challenge for a reason.

Two years ago I started the challenge with the best of intentions and wrote encouraging words on the importance of smiling for 31 days. Until one of my kids fell ill and was hospitalized for a week. Because I stopped smiling, I couldn’t write about smiling. And well, you can imagine what happened with that series.

Last year I was nervous and ashamed that I couldn’t keep up. I was scared that something would happen again to derail my efforts and I would fail. At the time, I didn’t realize that to fail is okay, because it is your first attempt in learning.

So this year I’m back at it. We are going to try it! I’d like to officially invite you to join my journey as I write about 31 Days of Simple Social Media. During these days, I will debunk myths and just make social media easier for anyone to grasp. While many people in the world do not like social media, it’s here to stay.

If you have children who use technology, then you need to embrace social media. You really do. Because they will be exposed to so many things related to social media daily. Yes. they. will. Even if they don’t have a cell phone, even if you have rules, even if…

I’ve worked in marketing as a social media manager for about five years now, and I’ve learned a lot. I absolutely love the power that social media has to spark change in the world.

Join me as we explore and decode that power.

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Are your ready? Here we go!

Posting 31 Days?

I tried. I really did. It just didn’t work.

Life got in the way.

I was good about planning my blog calendar in October so I had posts already written and ready to go. I sat down about thought about how I could incorporate new material into the monthly theme. I scheduled time to write, and blog, and post.

Because it was going to be systematic.

A 31-day blogging machine. That’s what I going to be.

And I was blogging about smiling…and finding joy….and laughter.

I did know that things would happen that I wouldn’t want to smile or write about. I did know that I wasn’t going to be happy everyday.

But I was going to seek to find joy in it all. A systematic approach to joy.

Ummmm, yeah.

I’m thinking that instead of systematic, I should have worked on authentic.

And part of being authentic would mean that some days I just wasn’t feeling it.

No writing. No processing. No seeking (or finding) joy.

And I’m totally okay with that.

Except a lot of people enjoyed reading my 31 days of smiles series…and on October 14 it came to an abrupt halt.

So for that, I want to apologize.

But I can promise that if you keep reading, and keep subscribing this month (and every month to follow for that matter), you will get authenticity.

Maybe not 30 days worth…but at least 3-5 times per week.

Unless crap happens. Which is totally possible. And in that case, I’ll process and write as we progress through the month.

So here’s to authenticity, and gratitude, and anything else I want to write about this month.

Even if I write about listening to Christmas music this early. Don’t judge…it makes me authentically happy. 🙂

Bible-Related Things That Keep Me Smiling

31daysofsmilesFavorite Verses:

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Romans 12:17

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.”

Favorite Woman in the Bible: Esther

Favorite Man in the Bible: Jesus

Book of the Bible That Helped Me Through My Divorce: Romans

Book of the Bible That Helps Me Manage Life in My Current Season: Isaiah

Book of the Bible That Helps Me Parent: Ephesians

My Biblical Role Model: Ruth

My Bibles (worn, torn, tried and true): Women’s Devotional Bible, Mom’s Devotional Bible, The Life Recovery Bible

What are your favorite Bible-related things?