American Thanksgiving – A Social Experience

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Although I am not American, I am well aware that this weekend was Thanksgiving in the US.  I found this interesting picture while on Pinterest.  I found this picture interesting because it shows how easy it is to collect social media facts, it also shows how much of daily life people are posting on social media.

Social media is so integrated into everyone’s life that they feel the need to share their side dishes, desserts, recipes, and when they are eating dinner.  If as they were posting they realized that their social media engagement could be turned into statistics on Thanksgiving do you think this would cause people to think twice before posting.

As a social media user does it worry you that people are using your posts to monitor statistics?  Does know that marketing companies can target you through your posts cause you to rethink how open you are on social media or have you accepted this as a common factor of using social media?

The added benefit of this post is that on Black Friday people were still posting about turkey – meaning the true meaning of Thanksgiving is not lost — a big turkey dinner that is!!

Don’t Get Your Cape Stuck in the Door

Passive Outrage, Passion, and Social Media

This article written by Michele Redmon brings to light a common theme that I see emerging every day on social media.  People are activists; passionate and ready to make a change in the world, simply by posting an article that they feels is of significant impact.  Although the intention of these posts is normally in the sincerest of ways, it should make one stop and think – am I really making a difference?  Is sharing an article really a means of standing up for what we believe in? Or is it really just a way for us to feel good about ourselves, without ever actually actively making a change?

People often don’t even look to see the legitimacy of articles they are sharing.  Articles come from bloggers who have done little research and cannot actually provide you with a credible source.  Before sharing articles and expressing our disbelief perhaps first social media enthusiasts should look to see if there is any legitimacy and truth to the stories being shared.  As is mentioned in the article above perhaps we should too take a look at ourselves before we are too quick to point figures, thereby making a social mockery of our hypocrisy.

The number of articles and amount of outrage one can witness from scouring social media each day, would lead an innocent viewer to believe that our world is filled with activists; people that are truly making a different in this world.  However, this is not true, beneath the outrage that all these people feel, is really just an amalgamation passive individuals, sharing the that a small click of a share button is really improving the world.  And while it may seem that I am not for the power that social media holds, that is not the case. I just think we need to be more critical of what we chose to share on social media and more critical how credible articles really are.  Instead of being passively outraged and becoming an ‘activist’ via social media, we must be analytical, and actively outraged, making ourselves true activists on something we thoroughly understand and feel the need to stand up for.

Overall, I think the lesson here is that we need to not always believe everything we read.  Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to reach out to many people within a matter of minutes.  We need to ensure that we are putting the best version of ourselves out there for people to see – showing the world how brilliant and independent we really are!

Clever Twitter Marketing

The Best Conversation You Will Read on Twitter Today

This post on BuzzFeed showcases the variety of forms that viral marketing can disguise itself in.  Although it seems as though this conversation had no previous planning, it proves how actively following your company’s social media initiatives can pay off.  Not only did Tesco Mobile, Jaffa Cakes, Yorkshire Tea, and a few other popular English companies gain exposure via Twitter for both their companies and their social media identities, they also have gained additional exposure through the news articles and additional blog posts that boasted their posts.

Therefore, I ask do you think this is effective and helps these companies create a positive brand image or was it simply just a way to help social media managers pass their day?  Also, if you have any examples of other viral social media coversations involving companies I would love for you to share them!