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The Post Modern Handbook: Tweet with Caution



Tweet with CautionWe’ve all experienced stages of addiction: discovery, ecstasy, unfettered exploration until the consequent dependence and inevitable crash. My first taste involved Beanie Babies, and my more recent experience involved the iPhone and then an app, and then another app…the list goes on. Always prompted by an unwitting introduction, addictions typically involve the rush of something new, an undiscovered bonus to our everyday lives. First we are enchanted, innocently lured in, and then we become hooked. But addiction notoriously lends itself to an unhappy ending.

Now imagine a world where novelties become limitless, and I would tell you, “Welcome to the Internet.” Every day, an online developer with big ambitions attempts to achieve the American dream of making it rich, and is able to realize this goal with a comparatively small amount of capital. The standout entrepreneurs of today find success with only a talent for writing code, along with a primal understanding of the way an individual behaves online. Voila: thus are born new forms of social media. with the release of each new platform, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, social media becomes ever more addicting. For now, however, the immediate peril of social media addiction lies not in the anticipated crash, but rather in our everyday use.

While so many developers compete to brand the next big app, we are presented with a dazzling array of the unknown and untested. The proper use of social media is not defined by generations past, but rather by upstarts and their imitators. In this context, there exists no guide to answer questions of tact and polite consideration. Common sense becomes the best substitute for concerns of etiquette. But do not be fooled by the lack of such established customs and norms. Social media is a powerful tool: one responsible for criminal arrests and even revolution. In addition, online servers host an unlimited archive of information. So before you submit that questionable post, consider this: the Internet does not forget. If you really need to make a bad decision today, go get a tattoo. Removal may be painful, but at least it’s possible.

It’s Not Work! Tips to Avoid Social Media Stress  

1. Brand Yourself. Repeat the same profile picture and duplicate your “About” info across multiple platforms to save time and allow your friends to find you more easily.

2. Limit Your Info. To counter how invasive the Internet can be, strangers should have limited access to your personal information, so don’t stress about creating intensive profile information.

3. Keep It Short. Twitter character limits may best embody this concept. Social media shouldn’t be used to post novels, so don’t bore your followers with lengthy updates.

4. Try HootSuite! Scheduled posts may be better suited for a business, but the HootSuite dashboard and other similar apps can also organize most of your personal accounts into one user- friendly experience.

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