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These days, it’s nothing to meet a person (or be the person) who’s got a couple of smartphones, a tablet, a laptop for one, one for home, and a couple hundred apps, social media pages, and passwords. While we’re all using technology to build a reputation, do business, and connect with the world, it’s important not to let the machines take over.
Every now and again, take a technology inventory. Are you keeping devices that you no longer use? Do you have a million and one apps just for the sake of having them? Are you frequently forgetting passwords and have to reset them? Then you need to do a little spring (or fall) cleanup for a few reasons.
First, having devices lying around that you no longer use means you have information that could become important in a place that may not become inaccessible if that old device once and for all. Or it’ll cost you time and effort to retrieve that info. Moreover, the more devices you have lying around, the more likely it’ll get misplaced, possibly picked up by someone who can gain access to your personal information.
Second, when you fill up your devices with a ton of apps and other doodads, it slows down.
Finally, with all these passwords shifting and changing, you could be making your accounts vulnerable. Particularly if you decide to write them down someplace to keep them all straight.
Tried A Digital Mentorship? 3 Tips To Build A Relationship With Your Dream Mentor Outside Of Twitter
It’s almost like the golden ticket. Every career minded millennial woman nowadays is in the market for a mentor.
In the age of girl power so to speak, when we have woman, Janet Yellen, who was just nominated as the Fed Chair, and an awards program declaring that “Black Girls Rock,” you’d think a mentor would be easy to find. And yet research shows only 1 in 5 women in the US, just 19 percent, has ever had a mentor. And some of what women crave out of mentorship can now be replicated in digital form without even needing to know the woman in real life. I like to call it, digital mentorship. Following influential women on social media can serve as a form of mentorship. Many of these high profile women are aware that a lot of their followers are made up of women who look up to them.
“Anyone who has worthwhile insight or advice must share it where people are! In this day and age, that means you have to do so via social media, especially where millennials are concerned,” explained style expert and on air personality Tai Beachamp. “That’s where the audience is.”
Powerful black women are on Twitter and they’re engaging and interacting with their followers and sharing things almost like a mentor would share with their mentee. Tai Beauchamp recently announced in a tweet that she’s doing “#TaiTalks Wednesdays.” And Bevy Smith, who boasts 65,000 followers on Twitter, is another of the many influential women sharing her wisdom via social media.
“[M]entoring has evolved,” explained Beauchamp. “It’s no longer about having monthly or bi-monthly meetings–very few people have time for this traditional model. So I believe in speed mentoring both via phone and social media.”
Social media is a great way for celebrities to promote their work and interact with fans, but that doesn’t mean that every famous person has jumped on the bandwagon – or jumped on it correctly: Here are 15 celebs you can’t follow, friend or Instagram. And those you can, you might not want to.
Three years ago Prince declared the internet “over” – then deleted his official website, refused to work with iTunes, and banned YouTube from playing his ish. Now, the “Purple Rain” singer has reportedly accepted the internet a little bit more, surprising everyone when he joined Twitter two months ago. But according to Prince, the Twitter page (@3rdeyegirl) is actually for his rock band, not him.
News, sports, music, contests, blogs and…love? There are countless stories of people gaining notoriety, access to celebrities, and even job opportunities from Twitter, so is it possible that there is love out there too. Is Twitter a dating site?
The short answer is yes – Twitter is a dating site… or rather it can be. Think about it! You can spend hours, days, weeks, and even years interacting with followers on topics from reality TV to the government shut down to cold vs warm ketchup (yes, this is an actual debate some days). You laugh at jokes, follow people through tough times, and even form real bonds over your love of “Breaking Bad.”
Unlike other dating sites that compile your personality profile based on science and questionnaires, Twitter is a bit more organic. Your personality profile is a compilation of your thoughts (tweets), bio, and what you choose to ReTweet and who you choose to interact with. If someone is using their Twitter as a personal outlet for their thoughts and bits and pieces of their life, you can truly get to know someone’s interests, likes/ dislikes, and some of their personality over time. Tweets turn into direct messages, texts, and possibly a first date! From personal experience and the experience of others, there is success in Twitter dating. There’s some good and bad but that applies to dating in general not just the means in which you met the person. Although Twitter is a snapshot of someone’s life, if you find yourself attracted to that snapshot, you might as well try to get to know the whole person.
So how can you use Twitter as a dating site?
Say you meet someone in a bar, a grocery store line, or through a friend. You’ll chat for a bit through text or maybe a phone call to discover their likes, dislikes, and if there is any chemistry. You meet, chat, and meet again once mutual interest is established. That’s just about how Twitter works as a dating site.
You follow someone, hopefully they follow you back, and you spend some time reading their inner thoughts and finding out their interests. Suddenly you are LOL-ing for real at their tweets and a few direct messages (private messages that can only be seen by the two involved parties) and hey…this person has sparked your interest. Unlike the person you met at random in the grocery store line, you get a chance to see how this person interacts with others, what jokes they find funny, articles that spark their interest, and any hints of la-crazy before you decide to take it to direct messages, texts, or meeting in person.
However, like all dating sites, there is always the possibility that the person on the other end of the timeline is not being authentic.
Discretion is key. Although you can’t assume everyone is out to deceive you like some sort of dating boogie man, you can’t give those 140 characters the full benefit of the doubt. Approach this situation, like any, with caution and using your best judgment. Don’t let your guard down too quickly.
Is the person on the other end of the timeline authentic? Or is this a collection of the figments of their imagination (see: “Catfish”)? Use your discretion and caution. Anyone you meet can present themselves as a totally different person than who they actually are so that concern isn’t just limited to Twitter meet ups. If you choose to meet offline, do so in public and ask the same questions you would to any random person that you met and decided to invite to coffee. Take a smart-risk and see if love blooms!
Your new relationship could be one tweet away. In the new age of dating, you really have to throw yourself out there sometimes in an unconventional way to yield new results. If your dating pool has dried up, it can’t hurt to chat and get to know someone a bit better on your timeline. Just employ some discretion, safety, and good ole fashion common sense and you never know what kind of new friends or potential love you’ll meet one click away.
Have you found love on Twitter? Are you open to accepting dates from one of your followers? Why or why not? Comment below!
Dee Rene is the writer and creator of Laugh.Cry.Cuss., a faith based blog that finds valuable lessons in pop culture and every day life. She is based in NYC. You can follow her or the blog on twitter @deerene_lcc @laughcrycuss or visit the site at http://laughcrycuss.com.
2013 has been an interesting year for Black Twitter, an online of Black Twitter users. Not only was it given its own Wikipedia page, but Awkward Black Girl creator, Issa Rae, has gone ahead and created skit about what a Black Twitter Party would look like in real life.
The hilarious video titled, Black Twitter Party, features some of the major (and most annoying) personalities that you would encounter while navigating the cyber community. First we meet the boring girl, who tweets uninteresting and meaningless things like, “I love rainbows #colorful,” and wonders why she can’t retain followers. Next we meet the ever so annoying thirsty guy, who trolls around Twitter willing to sell his soul for followers.
Then of course, there’s the outspoken intellectual with the cult following aka the amen corner and the infamous K.K.K. trolls. The video also hilariously depicts the wannabe Twitter comedian with the #youknowyou’reblackwhen jokes, the attention wh*re and of course, the pro baller. Last but not least, there’s the too cool for school hipster chick who thinks she’s seen, done and heard it all.
Turn the page to watch what happens when these personalities collide.
All is fair in love and social media. The secretive DMs, the Facebook posts, the Instagram likes, social media is a breeding ground for some of the major downfalls in today’s relationships. Snoop around and you might come across your new boo’s profile pages, doing shots with his ex-girlfriend on Instagram or maybe giving some girl the wink emoji on Twitter. It can make you start questioning your relationship. But don’t let it come between you and your man. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of social media when in a new relationship.
Soledad O’Brien (@Soledad_OBrien),
Journalist and Documentarian
Now she was definitely one of the first media personalities and journalists I followed during my Twitter beginnings. She stepped up to the plate for black folks and other folks of color when it came to producing meaningful news documentaries on OUR issues, and for that she has earned her following.
Black Enterprise asked a number of entrepreneurs about the must-have tech skills other up-and-coming business people should have.
Question: What is ONE baseline tech skill all entrepreneurs should have a good handle on before starting up?
Know How to Wireframe
“Being able to wireframe a page is an incredible important skill for technology development. It’s critical for being able to properly and ideally communicate with your technical and product teams. While not a coding skill per se, it requires understanding how sites or apps are designed, and the more advanced wireframing can involve complex software. Be sure to develop this skill before starting up.”
- Doreen Bloch | CEO / Founder, Poshly Inc.
Managing an Inbox
“It sounds basic, but most people drown in email without any skill for how to manage, delegate, and reign it in. If you aren’t careful, email can take your entire day. Use tools like filtering, auto-forwarding, labeling and auto-responders to clear out your inbox quickly so you can get on to the business of actually running your company.”
- Laura Roeder | Founder, LKR Social Media
How To Learn New Tech Skills!
“The most important tech skill that you could learn is the ability to learn new ones. That might seem like a hard skill to acquire, but it’s actually pretty simple if you practice learning and researching new things using search engines to find solutions to problems. Try it now: find a solution to one of your tech problems, and you’ll be on your way in no time!”
For more, click to BlackEnterprise.com.
There’s no doubt that corporations are flocking to social media to target their niche audiences. But recruiters are seeking out people with some sort of social media specialty. While the position of a social media manager solely rests on the employee’s ability to strengthen the company’s marketability on different online networks, employers would rather hire workers who are efficient in their own field but are social media-savvy as well. According to Quartz, recruiters are posting fewer positions for “social media managers,” with listings for those positions falling by half from August 2012 to August 2013. However, the number of jobs with the words “social media” in the description doubled during that yearlong span.
Job postings that prefer the candidate to have social media knowledge have risen 89 percent, according to data from Indeed. The appearance of keywords such as “Vine,” an app allows users to upload short videos, and “Instagram”, a photosharing site, have grown on job descriptions 154 percent and 644 percent, respectively.
“We are seeing an increased demand for social savvy candidates across the business – from human resources to product to customer service,” said Amy Crow, Indeed’s communications director. “In addition, we’re seeing this demand span many levels, from executive assistants to senior vice presidents.”
“[Rest in peace], social media managers,” Quartz said, “tweeting is everyone’s job now.”
Profanity, Poor Grammar, And Pistols: Facebook Posts That Will Lead To Rejection From Potential Employers
While your résumé may mold you as the perfect fit, your frequent use of the four-letter-word — among other offenses — on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites may extinguish your hopes for a desired position, Mashable reports.
To get a better overview of their candidates, 40 percent of businesses evaluate their applicants through their usage of social media sites, according to a survey conducted by JobVite. Nearly 65 percent of companies will not hire a candidate who uses profanity on their network. Sixty-one percent of potential employers believe that horrendous grammar and spelling mistakes reflect poorly on the applicant.
The top two social media offenses that will cause an employer to ditch applications are illegal drug use and sexually explicit posts. They turn off 83 and 71 percent of job recruiters, respectively. Pictures of alcohol consumption (51 percent) and a passion for guns (47 percent), although still very lethal to your employment future, lie on the bottom of the list as the least-negative social media offenses.
However, there is one thing that will make you a favorable candidate in the eyes of many companies: volunteer work. A picture of you hammering away for Habitat for Humanity or serving Thanksgiving dinner to the poor reflects very highly on your character. Sixty-five percent of employers will hire you for your philanthropic endeavors.
But don’t completely shy away from your social media account. While avoiding all the aforementioned offenses, you should still be actively engaging on your profile. According to a source reported on MN, “Social media plays a major role in many careers and when employers view a future employee’s profile, they want to see that they know how to use the site.”
You can still play it safe by expressing your strong political or religious views on social media networks because, according to JobVite, they only elicit a neutral reaction from job recruiters. Remember, you are being monitored by not only your Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but someone that may hold the key to your better future.
Are you being more careful online?