Don’t complain about being busy; nobody cares, and it’s not something to be proud of. Be self-aware, try and put yourself in the position of the people that you’re talking to. Don’t tell people what you just had for lunch, what cool person you’re hanging out with and how amazing your life is. Again, nobody cares, and if they do, you probably don’t want those people following you.
Don’t use it as a platform to spread negativity, it’s always nicer to be positive. Don’t become utterly addicted and dependant on it. Sadly I am, most of the time. Occasionally I’ll distract myself and forget about social media for five hours, and remember that real life is still actually better.
Put in the time and be yourself
Don’t pretend to be someone else, it will never work. If you’re funny, people will like you because you’re funny. If you’re shy or awkward, you can be all of those things on social media and people will like you for that (see Gemma Corell). If you’re a self-obsessed, egocentric, broadcasting big mouth (see me) you can also do that. If you’re more of a background person who has opinions, you can use social media to join in conversations.
Be prepared to put effort into it. Social media can be a valid part of your work and it can take up time. For me, my ‘career’ can’t survive without social media, so I accept that it as being a big part of my day. Connect with people; social media is like a party for shy people, it’s brilliant.
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