Following up on my post from yesterday: http://tinyurl.com/co6qs25
In doing a Google search I came across a lot of articles on the subject of social media fears, related to both personal and business use of the internet.
Out of all that I discovered I chose 3 interesting articles, going back as far as 2009, and an interesting take on the subject of social media fear on the newest “big thing” out there, Pinterest.
In 2009, on Wired, Curtis Silver discussed “Fighting the Fear of Social Media”.
With regards to social media for personal use he believes that “there is a lot more to fear from Social Media on an individual level than on a corporation level.”
He spends time discussing a very important point:
“You are required to share nothing. Plain and simple. I think this fear of being forced to provide personal data just because you signed up comes from cell phones. You are only required to share as much information as you feel you should share.” Not even your real name.
Of course that may be fine, on Facebook, if you just have a personal page with no intent to use it to promote yourself for career purposes. His description of what he’d share on a business/career site like LinkedIn and why, might make you want to run to Walgreens and pick up a pack of Trojans.
With business users the fears are many, especially a fear of feedback, and he discusses the benefits to businesses who get over that.
There’s a lot more to this piece and it can be read here: http://tinyurl.com/lhxykw
In 2011, over at Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections, Jeff Hurt reveals “How Your Fear of Social Media Can Lead to Death in 10 Steps”.
Such a cheerful, hopeful, title to a story about social media fears!
Some doctor in Australia came up with these saying your fear of social media is due to your fear of death. Not sure if taking the word of some dude in the outback, down under, is a good thing or a bad thing, hee, hee!
Jeff discusses what the thought process for an association executive might be like, and links to the original story that reports on the same guy and imagines how the thought process for a senior official in a government agency might go.
2013 has barely begun and here you are freaking out over social media:
I don’t understand this stuff! I’m too old a dog to learn new tricks!
Where in the hell do I even begin? My God, there are hundreds of sites to choose from, for cryin’ out loud!
Who gives a hoot about what I have to say, anyway?
What about negative reactions to what I have to say by those among the unedumicated, ill-informed masses that come across my site? How do I deal with that?
How do I keep up? Programs getting updated, sites dying on the vine, while new ones become all the rage, almost monthly if not more frequently?
Last month, Milly, on the British site called Ronin, discusses all of the above in a piece called “5 Social Media Fears and How to overcome them”.
She ends her piece in a way that should provide ample food for thought:
“Fear is the greatest barrier to change. As the saying goes “if you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Social media is no longer a luxury but an essential means of securing future growth and engaging the consumers and businesses of tomorrow. So lose your inhibitions, get a strategy and plan of action and embrace the world of social media.”
Slowly, but surely, I’m workin’ on it, Milly, I’m workin’ on it.
Learning how best to use social media and which ones has been a struggle for me, but I am learning that the best way to figure them out is to dive in and feel free to embarrass the hell out of yourself as you learn how not to.
Claire Axelrad is on Pinterest and has a lot of interesting boards, most related to social media in some way.
She bills herself as a “Lifelong learner, listener, lecturer, e’lucidator of philanthropy, phasion, phood and phun.”
The 47 pins on her “Social Media Fear” board are at once funny, serious, educational and thought provoking.
All are well worth a look.