I really cannot remember when I first got on Facebook and Twitter. All I know is that it was an experience that was fruitful and annoying. I made a great deal of friends and met a few freaks as well. For sure, there are many pros and cons when it comes to social media. But, I guess, it depends on your intentions.
For some it is a medium to stay in touch with their school friends, office mates and family. For others it is to get to know new people, find love or interact in order to find a new job. There is also a dark side to the whole thing and it takes the form of bullying or sexual harrassment.
Yet with the myriad of privacy settings available, it is possible to remain private to a certain degree. My main aim in going online was to change my lifestyle from one that was unhealthy to one that was healthy. You need a positive circle of friends for that. I have achieved this. I also do genuinely like interacting with people and making friends.
Since my profession is also rooted in social media, I have no choice but to learn more and ‘be social’. I do enjoy this. Going social has helped me interact with incredible individuals who are celebs, like, for instance, Drew Canole, Troy Casey and Ido Portal. This interaction has helped me turn a new chapter in my life.
There have also been down sides to being social as well. For example, you do add or follow people who ‘have issues’. And before you know it, their issues become your issues. So tread with caution, or add or follow with caution. Appearances are everything in life and this is very true when it comes to the World Wide Web too. People are never what they seem, so be careful.
All in all, remember that social media has made the world smaller and erased the physical boundaries that exist between us all. I have never travelled to America or Bulgaria but I am fortunate to have friends in both nations now. I have learned a lot and changed a lot; for the better.