It’s time for another #madmlinkup! This week I am focusing on something that became very apparent to me yesterday. See, yesterday was my birthday. I turned 35 (yikes). And, thanks to Facebook and Twitter, I don’t think I’ve ever had more people tell me happy birthday, that I mattered to them, and that they loved me. As a Facebook fiend, I understand and know that it’s nice enough to remind people that a birthday is that day. And then it makes it really easy for you to say happy birthday. I get that. But you know what, it still means a lot to me. I took the time to read every single Facebook post and Twitter update that wished me a happy birthday. I liked them. I am working this week on commenting on them and responding to them. That will take awhile. But it will be worth it.
It was such a good reminder that it doesn’t take much to tell someone that you love them and that they matter. And, while birthdays are natural and easy ways to do that, why not harness the power of social media to work for good instead of posting negativity? Here are some easy, simple ways you can make a difference on your facebook or twitter profiles (or probably Google+, but that’s the one account I don’t know anything about):
- Someone have a big test, interview or event coming up? Let them know you’re thinking of them with a quick wall post or tweet
- Someone having a hard day that is evident on social media? Send them a private message to let them know you’re thinking of them
- Don’t forget those birthday greetings. They may seem a little silly, but they do matter and they do mean something
- Respond when people engage with you on social media! But only engage publicly with the good. Don’t engage the bad. It will just make you look bad in the end.
- Notice what people enjoy via social media – remember that and comment on it. Show that you’re engaged in their lives
- Think before you post. If it’s going to hurt someone’s feelings, don’t do it. If you’re posting in the heat of the moment, cool down first.
- Engage with organizations that you support and be a social media advocate for them
What ways do you use social media to make a difference?
Every Monday I would like to highlight a group, person, organization, etc that is living out my make a difference idea for the week. This week I want to highlight my friend Jenni who has used her Facebook as a platform for positive news and notes for over a year now. Every day I can count on her posts saying something about how “today was a good day” and finding good in even the most frustrating of days. She recently started a group dedicated to just those ideas. Join it here and be encouraged and uplifted!
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