Conceivably at one point or another we have all been plagued by a stream of useless, pointless, and dismal, Facebook, Twitter, or various other forms of social media posts. Amid the melancholy, there is a glimmer of resilience and unique qualities unlike any other offered to the individual user if properly utilized.
In the vein of personal branding, I think to some degree it is necessary to promote oneself and achievements online and share them with others. Similarly, Franklin D. Roosevelt understood “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” This could apply at both an individual and general level. We should strive to support the creative efforts and achievements of others just as much as ourselves. In a conscious effort to further the limits of creativity or contribute to the betterment of our online or actual communities.
On the other hand, there are some things that are better kept to ourselves. Pictures, comments, or videos incidentally undermining our online image or people’s conception of our values or beliefs. Caution is key when managing individual or corporate social media and networking content. Don’t be afraid to think more than twice before you post. Deferring again to a prominent historical figure let Benjamin Franklin’s words drive my point home, “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
For example, breaking the world record for the most chicken nuggets consumed by weight in under three minutes is an excellent Facebook post. Not only is this an extremely creative effort and wonderful personal achievement but it’s super entertaining. Thank you Jon Lau for filling my Facebook stream with good content.
Consequently, don’t be afraid to stop following or unfriend individuals who provide no benefit to your social networks. If your extremely unsure how to manage your various social networks, where to begin, or what qualifications go into even assessing an individuals added value to your life or networks. It be could be helpful to defer to this infographic on whether or not it’s time to unfriend someone on Facebook: