In December 2008 I joined Twitter after getting an email from Derek Sivers asking people if they were using it yet. It was going to be huge and musicians needed to start utilising it.
It’s funny to think that there was a time when there was no frame of reference in my head for the format and function of Twitter. I trusted Derek’s authority and began exploring it.
Over the years I have signed up to many social networks but find the same thing happens. I get overwhelmed and overburdened by them. This is often a problem for introverts and highly sensitive people, especially when we don’t find a true reason for using tools. It’s not enough to be somewhere because you’ve been told you should.
In this episode of the podcast I talk about why online social media can be a wonderful thing for us, but only when we assume a position of control. When you own your experience and your reasons for using the technology you choose, it can be one of the most liberating and life-enhancing things.
What puts us off engaging in social media?
- Being Misinterpreted
- The Fear of Share Too Much Information
- Feeling Stupid
- Being Construed as Boring
- Getting Unfollowed (Rejection)
- Being Inauthentic (Presenting a Fake Version of Yourself)
What should we remember when it comes to getting involved in online social media communities?
I unpack each of these 14 truths about how we can cope with the overwhelming world of the internet as introverts/HSPs:
- You Don’t Need to Be Everywhere
- You Define the Schedule
- The Vulnerability Hangover
- You Can Conduct Experiments
- Everyone is Making Noise But It’s Not How You Get Attention
- Your Listening and Observational Skills Pay Off
- You Can Tell People Something About Yourself that They Would Otherwise Never Know
- You Don’t Need to Be Someone Else
- You Can Get Straight into the Conversation
- You Don’t Have to Share it All
- You Have an Unfollow Button
- You Can Choose to See Being Unfollowed as a Positive
- You Can Have an Objective/Filter
- You Can Show The World What’s Beneath the Surface
Over to You
Which social media network do you use most? Why? Please leave your answer in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
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