For some of us, reading hot topic discussions on social media is a pet peeve. For others, posting opinions on social media is a way to let off some steam. Regardless, social media is a source of differing opinions, a way to keep informed of trending topics, and a way to be entertained (or annoyed).
When voicing opinions, however, we should all be aware that the content we post has the power to come back and haunt us. According to market moose there are five important things to keep in mind while voicing your opinion online.
- Social media is community blogging. In a society polarized by ideology, it requires that we learn how to share one giant whiteboard and get along.
- Censor a response, and you’ll be perceived as unreasonable and dictatorial.
- Generally speaking, you want to avoid trying to govern conversations, and also avoid fighting too hard for your own ideas (because the venue you’ve chosen is not yours, even if you’re on your own page).
- If you really don’t like something, translate that into what you have to offer in its place, and post it on your wall as an update, instead of pinning a comment on their stuff.
- If you find you’re friending and unfriending all the time based on someone’s thoughts and ideas, you don’t get it. You aren’t expected to like everyone’s views, but you are expected to accept them.
What was your social media involvement with hot topics last year? Thanks to bynd.com we know the hottest topic on social media in 2012 was the US Presidential Election. With 30 million followers on the social media site Facebook, President Barack Obama is considered the most popular political candidate in the world! This is more proof that social media continues to be a leading source of information for our society.