“Social media platforms as products of technology can make or mar your life.”
“You have spent years on different social media platforms, what positive impacts have they played in your life? Review your book of social media now.” – Saminu Abass Ola
Here comes the last aspect of the series. I have treated the education, lifestyle, skills acquisition and full utilization of your talents. If you have been following the articles, you will agree with me that old mentality needs to change.
The last 7 days starting from today will discuss the importance and effective usage of social media. The word social media is not new to all. Reading this article means a form of social media helps you to do so. As said in the caption above, social media can make or mar your life.
Firstly, I can say many people are underutilized social media platforms. Spending all your 24 hours on the platforms doesn’t mean you know how to use it. I can tell you categorically that you are just on those social media platforms you don’t know how to use them.
I will define social media as a collective online communications channels for interactions and content-sharing. No doubt, social media exposure is growing like wildfire.
Social media can be used for two different reasons; the personal and professional. Let me state some social media platforms I use as examples; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Reddit, Digg, Skype etc
For the purpose of this series, I will concentrate on the common social media platforms among Nigerians particularly the youths. Before we delve into the main stuff, let me highlight some advantages and disadvantages of the social media platforms.
Connection: No doubt, the main advantage of the social media platforms is a connection. It is meant for different people with different language languages from anywhere to connect with one another.
Information and Updates: Another key importance of the social media platforms is the dissemination of information and get updated about latest happenings around the globe.
Education: With the different platforms you can learn new things from experts in their different field.
Personal and Business Reputation: Social media can improve your personal and business reputation.
Let me list the few disadvantages of the social media platforms.
Cyber-bullying and Hacking: The other side of the platforms are these two. Privacy and personal data can easily be hacked and shared on the web.
Fraud and Scams: We have heard different cases where people were scammed and being defrauded.
Addiction: Addiction of social media is very bad and can affect personal life negatively.
Ruining Reputation: As the social media can improve your reputation, it can also easily ruin someone’s reputation.
Drugs and Alcohol: Following those who are wealthy and drug-addicted could inspire others to get addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Tomorrow, one of the social media platforms will be analyzed to see how effective it can be used.
Remember, social media platforms can be a blessing and as well be otherwise. Review your activities on those platforms so far, any positive impact? Till we meet again tomorrow.