We all have a gene pool. While there are always characteristics that we inherit from our forefathers, our moms and dads, what’s nice about this pool of genes is that there is always something in it that makes each and every one of us very different from the other. We are all unique. It is no different in the social media universe. While most of us are taking advantage of the numerous tools that our social media platforms give us, ensuring that there is some kind of structure and uniformity, the platforms to give us the space to develop as individuals.
In fact, this is encouraged. So much so that platforms like Instagram and their affiliations are more than happy to give you free guides on how to go about establishing your own platform and setting it apart from the millions of others. Now, while such guides are essentially user-friendly, it really does take time to develop a standout platform. I am one of those who tend to spend a lot more time than others in thinking and strategizing before taking any form of action. This is not procrastination because ultimately I do go through with a plan. Only by that time the presentation I give to my visitors and followers is nicely polished.
And of course, they really like what I’ve given them. How do I know this? Well, there is that thumbs up icon that every time-pressed active platform user uses to confirm the like. I like the sense of relief, the thrill that I get when I have received confirmation of the likes. And Instagram likes free me up to proceed with my initial posting strategies. I have enough confidence or reassurance in believing that my followers are in agreement with what I am doing. And among the more thoughtful and better organized of my followers always make time to pass an objective comment or two. They are not always praiseworthy.
And I would expect nothing less from my astute followers. I believe it is better to be honest, a straight talker. But particularly on social media, I do believe that it is necessary to be careful with your choice of words so as not to offend or upset your fellow social media activists. And this is one of the reasons why I prefer to spend more than enough time planning my posts carefully for the next few weeks. It is that easy to make an innocent mistake given that we are all never alike and we all have different cultural and religious backgrounds. And no matter what, we do have our political beliefs too, no matter how many of you choose to dismiss this fact of human and social life.
I am a believer. I believe in the power of positive thinking. I also believe that your best behaviour on social media will ultimately inspire others to follow your good example. And in that way, without having said or done much in the beginning, you are already a noteworthy influencer.