Making Connections with Social Media

 

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’m going to talk about making connections, but first, I want to let you know I finished my novel!! Whoo! Hoo! (Wipes Sweat from Brow) Now to get it off to my Beta reader to see what she thinks. Hopefully, she likes it (crosses fingers).

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But enough about that. Let’s get back on track and talk about connections. In this day and age of social media, we’re able to connect with people we haven’t actually met. Our circle of influence has grown exponentially. This is a good thing, especially if you’re trying to make a name for yourself whether you’re a writer, or trying to become a social media personality.

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          When I say social media personality, I think of Kim Kardashian. Before she was a social media personality, she didn’t produce anything. After she became famous, she developed her own clothing line and I believe she has a makeup line as well. So how did she become famous? Her mother strategically leaked a sex video of her and an old boyfriend on social media. Instant Fame.

Another example of this is Logan Paul. He’s a video personality who became famous by making short clips on the social media site, Vine. He has over twelve million Instagram followers and has now branched out into acting. He’s in the movies “The Thinning” and “Chainsaw.” It would’ve taken him much longer to break into acting if it hadn’t been for social media. Click the link below to check him out.

Logan Paul’s Official Youtube Site

 

Social media is changing the climate of our world. It’s bringing us closer to people we would’ve never met. It’s closing the gap between celebrities and the common man, by turning the common man into a celebrity.

It’s also allowing people to come together for a cause. Now, we’ve always had this ability, but with social media people from all over the world can communicate about something they all believe in. For example, after the documentary “The Keepers” aired, their Facebook Group exploded. In fact, they had to shut down the group for a few days. It’s back up and has over ninety thousand members, all of them expressing their horror over the murder of Sister Cathy and the abuse that occurred at the school. There are people from all over the world in the group. Without social media, there’s no way they would all be able to get together and share their theories and show their support for the victims.

Image result for the keepers

          So, you’re asking, what is the point you’re trying to make, Lisa?

A fair and good question. My point is, social media is a way to garner power. That’s right.  I’ll use “The Keepers” as an example. One of the investigators posted in the group a request to write a letter to the Archdiocese asking them to release the files on Father Maskell (the priest who’s accused of abusing students).  Now, it’s hard for the Archdiocese to ignore letters from ninety thousand people. Can you imagine getting that many letters making the same request? Even if only half of them sent letters, that’s still forty-five thousand letters.

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          They can’t ignore them. For the first time in a long time, the common man has a tool to fight against people and institutions who hold power. This is incredible and I’m following “The Keepers” to see where this all goes.

Social Media, when used properly, is a tool that can help keep those in power in check. It can also help an introvert become famous, but  just like any other tool, it can cause damage as well. So use your tools for good and not evil.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. How do you feel about Social Media and the Trends that are happening in our world? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

 

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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49 Responses to Making Connections with Social Media

  1. Ritu says:

    My hubby finds the whole social media circus a drag. He hates that I use it so much, but it is never for any wrong reason… the connotations of using social media over the years though, has coloured his views! He calls me, affectionately, ‘Hashtag Valiye’! Means Hashtag girl!
    But I love it and I think it does more good than harm of used correctly!

  2. Traci York says:

    Yep, totally agree with the “blessing & a curse” feeling with social media. I’ve connected with some amazing people, and read some incredible stories, because of it, but I’ve also fallen into the trap of, “wow, look at how cool their life is” on (frequent – LOL!) occasion. However, I think that anything that enhances the ability to make connections and get information out, as you and Ritu said, does more good than harm.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      So true, Traci! I’ve met some incredible people via social media and they’ve added to my life in a good way. I never would’ve met them if it hadn’t been for the internet. 🙂

  3. Pam Avoledo says:

    Personally, I like social media. I agree that it does bring attention to causes and to events that wouldn’t otherwise receive it. During a crisis, it does help people find one another. (One girl looking for her best friend at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester springs to mind).

    On the other hand, people do get carried away, posting everything on FB. People don’t need to know everything.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I hear you Pam. Like Traci said, Social Media is a Blessing and a Curse. I like it because I’ve been able to get reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a long time. People I probably wouldn’t have been able to any other way. 🙂

  4. Gary says:

    Fascinating discussion post Lisa. Social media and screen time is often tagged as being dangerous and potentially mind altering wrt comparing ones life with others, potential for grooming children, on-line safety blah, blah, blah! Granted they are all true and most of it is stirred up on repeat by our news and media hacks…as always spinning doom and gloom, but not balancing it.

    I’ve met some amazing people blogging however. New opinions, thoughts, ages, religions, countries etc. Never had a bad word, and the common draw is…I may be wrong…. but contrary to the “news” we all seem to want the same thing. Be nice, help others and just get along. Oh and recognise that not everyone uses social media for the good…fake stories and made up jibber jabber etc. However, if we are savvy, and I think most of us are, then seeing through those is not so hard. Pinch of salt type stuff.

    Mind you, me rambling here like an old friend is where it all works rather well methinks! With both Ritu and Traci here… and you, of course, just think how many fantastic people we’d never have “met” if we’d never used social media!! scary lol

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You’re right about that, Gary! I’ve met some incredible people in the blogosphere and it’s so good to come home after a day of dealing with not so nice people and chat with a friend on the internet. 🙂 I love all my blogging buddies! 🙂

      • Gary says:

        It’s quite amazing when you step back and consider all the odds and coincidences required to hook up with a friend on the Internet. I have a long term one I met on a writing forum after a random comment on a short story. A day earlier and it would not have been there and a day later it would have vanished down the post roll. Very destiny type stuff…. And bang on what you said too. Reality does seem to make a lot of people not so nice….I have a theory about that lol. 😊

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I’d love to hear your theory some time!

      • Gary says:

        lol, I’d write a post about it, but not sure how it might be received!!!

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I understand. 🙂

      • Gary says:

        Then again it could procure healthy discussion too !!

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I think it would. Most of the people in the blogosphere are open minded, but it’s your call! 🙂

      • Gary says:

        I need to make a project list! I have fingers in so many pies I’m getting stuck for where to start lol

  5. I love and fear it. Elections won on social media power can be fearful. Yet I love the blogging!

  6. thebeasley says:

    Like others have said, it is both a blessing & a curse. However, I think over time people will become desensitised to the powers of social media (if they’re not already). Already, people are turning away from Facebook campaigns and getting bored of political rants/memes. Personally, my two favourite things about social media are our blogging group and cat videos. One can never have enough of cat videos.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You got that right! Love Cat and Dog Videos….and I must say I love our blogging buddies. I feel like I’ve made some great friends in the blogosphere. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  7. Jennifer says:

    Social media is a double edged sword don’t you think? It allows you to make connections with people on the other side of the world, while you ignore those sitting in the same room with you.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You bring up a valid point, Jennifer. I’ve often wondered if Social Media brings us closer to those far away while at the same time distancing ourselves from the ones we love. I make a conscious effort to make sure that doesn’t happen in my family. 🙂

  8. asseenonjean says:

    This is a thought provoking read. I’m a bit obsessed with social media, using it to grow my blog reach and connect with others. Whilst it often gets a bad name, there’s also many ways, like you’ve mentioned, that it can help to do good.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Yes. It’s a tool, much like a hammer. It’s meant to do good, but it can also be used to cause harm. We’ve got to make sure we have good intentions when we use it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Jean and sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  9. scskillman says:

    Social media has immense power, for good, and for evil. I think a lot depends on how you first get into it and what your original purpose is. I admit I began my blog, joined Facebook and Twitter etc, to promote myself as a writer. I’ve always taken care with the things I post, though I’ve become more personal, informal and chatty, but continue to be astonished at the highly personal things people post on facebook that would have been far better left unsaid, or communicated in a private conversations between close friends / family members. As regards the negative side of social media, I’ve heard people lamenting problems with trolls on Twitter but have never experienced it myself. I do have a lot of spam comments on my blog, which of course WordPress are very good at catching, but apart from that I’m almost concerned at why all my comments are so friendly. Surely that must have something to do with the algorithms….

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I hear what you’re saying and I agree, people do share a lot of personal stuff on facebook, more than any other social media site. I think it’s because of the nature of facebook. Everyone’s a friend instead of a follower. I try to keep things light and friendly when I post and I stay away from politics. I’ve seen some nasty disagreements regarding them.

  10. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Lisa,
    1. I love your graphic with the spoons.
    2. I agree social media has personalities. I’ve blogged about that topic myself.
    3. Congratulations on your finishing your book.
    Janice

  11. angelanoelauthor says:

    I think you’ve hit a nerve here, Lisa. I love the genuine connections, but abhor the trolls who find the virtual world to be a playground for hate. Like IRL (I’m so proud of myself that I know what that means) we have to choose our friends wisely. It’s a tool, nothing more. It opens up the possibility to become more of who you really are–my hope is that most people choose connection, creativity, and respect. I know that’s a utopian view. But, I still hope.

  12. Trudy says:

    I love social media most of the time, it’s my livelihood, I can get up to the minute news from around the world, its entertaining, and it has broken down walls of distance and time. When I do hate it it is because it does tend to bring out the worst in people; their excessive need to now everyone’s affairs, lack of privacy even for a normal person, and sparks paranoia. I think this Pandora’s box has been opened and it’s too late to close it, it or about managing it now and making children aware that everything put out into the atmosphere remains there forever. Btw, Kim Kardashian did the video with her previous long-term boyfriend, not her current husband and she sued for the rights to the video, has a phone app, clothing line accessories line, clothing stores, and makeup line now. She’s definitely become a businesswoman

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks Trudy! I appreciate the info on Kim Kardashian. I wlll edit my post to reflect that. I’m glad she’s a real businesswoman now. The point I was trying to make is social media helped her become famous and I feel that fame helped her be successful.

      • Trudy says:

        I totally get that. I am in no way her fan. But I can appreciate her turning lemons into lemonade. I don’t think that I would have had the presence of mind to parlay that the way she has done.

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I hear you. I’m impressed that she was able to do it. I was under the impression that she was aware of the person leaking the video, but from your comment, I don’t think she was. Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate it! 🙂

      • Trudy says:

        No problem at all. There’s debate on that, she says that she wasn’t. It was supposed to be kept private between them and it was sold behind her back and money was made, so she sued for the proceeds because it was done without her knowledge.

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        Wow. I heard it was the mother who leaked the video and for the life of me I’m trying to remember where I heard that from, but I can’t. Since she sued, that means it was done without her knowledge. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I appreciate it! 🙂

  13. sharonledwith says:

    You’re right, Lisa, like anything social media can changes lives or destroy them. Kudos on a post well done!

  14. I love and hate social media in equal measure and find that now I blog I have become disillusioned with FB. It eats our lives and shortens our attention spans. On the other hand we have access to all of the information we could possibly need. It makes research a lot less painful. Love it or hate it it’s here to stay.

  15. Phil Taylor says:

    Woot woot! 🎉 Congrats on your novel!!! How soon until launch?

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I’m letting it simmer for about a month and then I’m going to go through it again and then it goes to the Beta reader. 🙂 It’s a long process, that’s for sure. 🙂

  16. Christy B says:

    Social media is particularly relevant for Indie authors these days as a tool to get us more exposure. Oh those Kardashians, they never really go away, do they 😉

  17. A lot of business owners/bloggers can testify that social media is a saving grace…..connections made are definitely worth it in the long run….but yea..it’s definitely a blessing and well…a curse too

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