If you had thought you had heard the last of my educational banter for the week, think again. This time I’m smashing it together with my lists post to provide you with my list of things NOT to do when engaging with instagram photos, sharing/commenting Facebook things and blogs.. etc
But first, here is a little story…
Remember how I said I was a bit of a ‘network literacy by stander’? Well guess what, I popped my blog commenting cherry :O I took that leap that I, the observer, had been dreading. I was afraid that I would just stuff it all up but the result was awesome, because guess what- I became a peer in the networked literacy world. I was already contributing and sharing, but finally I learnt to immerse myself in the community by sharing my knowledge, thoughts and jokes in the form of a comment on Sammy’s post relating to this weeks reading.
I know it only seems like something small, but I have now fully started my journey to being a network literate media student and practitioner #winning
So anyways, whilst talking to my tutor Hannah, I realised why I was so hesitant to the whole commenting thing. I absolutely cringe like you wouldn’t believe when I read those fan comments on celebrities instagram or Facebook posts. Where they comment in such a way that it sounds like they are BF4L, but really they are not… just no…
Or even better, the whole ‘mum on Facebook’ style of interacting with posts which then end up clogging up your newsfeed.
It got me thinking- what are the NO NOs that can be avoided to prevent yourself from becoming one of these twelve fan gals, daggy mums or even worse… the multiplatform embarrassment?
1. Don’t give that celebrity your personal opinion on her new hair do…
Because there is a large chance that Kylie Jenner won’t read it, and 99% chance that she doesn’t care. Your comment ‘gr8 hair babe’ not only is pointless, but also makes you look like a newbie.
The best way to share your opinion is to your REAL LIFE bestie in a link, in a private chat or text. You will get more of a conversation out of it because you will actually get a response from someone with an opinion that matters to you
2. Don’t share everything interesting you see on Facebook- this one is for you Mums!
Because there is a particular button for expressing that you LIKE a post- the like button #wow
Filter through the content you like… think- is this really SO amazing that it will benefit the lives of my 500 Facebook friends?
Do however, keep going with the short food related posts because they are actually uber beneficial, unlike those ‘Share if you love your daughter’ posts.
3. Don’t tag your significant other in inappropriate and private posts from pages you follow
I don’t, and your friends don’t want to know about your private lives. It is gross
Send it privately, its more intimate too
But what can you DO to be a better account holder on Facebook, instagram and other social media/online content sites?
1.Do send motivational photos in a private message to your friends
Because it will definitely make them smile, and its private, which is more thoughtful and shows that you have intact thought of them in particular and taken the time to share it with them
2.Do like people’s profile pictures
Because in a world where there is a lot of self hate, a little like is that shine of positivity that someone needs when they take that leap of posting a photo of themselves to such a public platform. One like = one smile. Share the positivity guys
Anyways, I think now that I have addressed why I had a fear of commenting and interacting as a peer on the networked literacy platform, I feel like i can live on with the confidence to comment and learn from commenting and learn from reading comments and contributing and putting in that extra effort to share valuable knowledge or insights.