I’ve always believed social media has been a crucial aspect of the business world; of the world in general, really. How easily one person can communicate with another and develop personal or professional relationships. Since realizing the computer in my room actually had an internet connection, I almost never left my room. That sounds kind of anti-social, but the reality of the matter is I was immediately sucked into the social media world. I joined Facebook in 2007 and Twitter in 2009. I was on MySpace (but who uses MySpace anymore?), MyYearbook, LinkedIn, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Youtube, Tumblr, you name it – I was signed up. I could not get enough of the internet.
I’ll be honest here; I signed up for a lot of these social networking sites but very seldom did I actually use them. When I first signed up for Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Flickr, I saw no use for them. I just wanted my name to come up when someone googled “Lindsay Forrester”. Major success! I tried many different times to create a blog but I never felt like it was much use, because who really cares what I have to say? I wasn’t much into reaching into the depths of my soul and mind to pull out something majorly profound and moving; that wasn’t me. The same reason applies to why I didn’t start a vlog, although watching Shane Dawson and Mitchell Davis do it made it seem like such fun. It did help me realize, however, that the internet is a powerful tool. It can be used for such a variety of purposes, some abused (if I could refer to the “Rebecca Black” incident…), and some that remain unused. In a business perspective, I find social networking absolutely essential. They always say “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”, and that seems to be very prevalent in the business world. It seems the people that make connections are the ones that make it further in their respective career path. For example, one day I was reading through all my Drawn and Quarterly comics and I felt a tweet about how much I love D&Q was in order. I tweeted “I would die to work for Drawn and Quarterly”, and later that day, they tweeted back “That’s the kind of loyalty we’re looking for! Hired!” I find it’s the simple things like this that make a huge difference in the long run. I’ve never loved D&Q more.
Social media is always changing. I plan to change with it. You know those people that complain about the new Facebook layout, or the new Tumblr dashboard?… it’s those people that irritate me the most. In all honesty, I used to complain a lot about the new Facebook layout from years ago. I’d join the groups titled “Bring back the old layout!” and discuss my clearly shared hatred on the page’s wall. It wasn’t until I realized that my hate messages and complaints were most definitely not going to bring back the old layout that I decided to not only accept, but also enjoy the changes. Since joining Facebook and Twitter and their continuously changing themes and interfaces, it has taught me to change – even in my personal life. I find that’s essential in your personal and professional world. Business and social media are always changing, and what better training is there than the internet?