Good old social media. You either love it or hate it.
Okay…there are those who just can’t seem to figure this whole thing out so I can see where they may be somewhat neutral.
As for me, I love social media. Heck, this blog is considered social media so imagine where you would be without the interaction of your blogging community.
Now social media is the best place to meet some new people and possibly connect with future prospects and/or clients. There are also mistakes you can make in social media too which I pointed out in my last post.
For the most past, social media is fabulous but there are some hidden dangers that you should be aware of as well. That’s what I’m going to share with you today.
Some Hidden Dangers
Now I am into blogging as well as network and affiliate marketing so my take on this subject is mostly geared toward helping you move forward with your business but there are some areas I just can’t leave off this list so I’ll just start with those okay!
I most definitely can’t ignore or even leave out the harm social media can do for children because of all those nasty predators out there who take advantage of them. They should be hung out to dry as far as I’m concerned. They rate right up there for me along side of the people who abuse animals.
I’m sure most parents are pretty protective of what their children have access to but I certainly could not leave this important one off this list.
Hackers / Phishing / Scams:
We’ll never escape dishonest people I’m afraid. Whether they are wanting to steal your identity, your account, your business, your finances, your blog, we just can’t seem to escape these people. Everywhere we turn someone is trying to get something for nothing and I’m afraid if you aren’t careful about what you’re clicking on or who you’re giving your information to, this can happen to you as well.
Now I know that I love sharing photos of fun times and friends but we have to remember that some people may not want their information spread all over the web. I think it’s only appropriate to ask before you post things of that nature.
Then we have copyright issues with images so you always need to be aware if you have permission to posts those photos or not. There are also some site where you’ll post an image and depending on what their legal terms are your image can now become their property. There is also sharing information with third party companies because we know what kind of mess that can end up being with them accessing other information when you don’t read the fine print.
For those who are still working a day job there might be times you’re really bored so you hop onto Facebook or Twitter and start just passing the time. Remember that what you share online remains there and you can get into trouble should your employer get wind of what you’re doing. Oh and saying things about people that can come back to bite you which is why they always say be careful what you put online.
I’ve already mentioned that there are just some very dishonest people in this world. Even though social media is really the place to be these days, people can say some nasty things to tarnish the companies image or reputation. There is always the possibility that some people may be jealous because an up and coming company is doing so well. Now if they’re big enough to have a social media manager then I’m sure they can get around this but these are some of the dangers that we have to watch out for.
A Danger To You
For the most part a lot of you are online to build a business and we use social media to connect with others. As you all know I’m really big on building relationships because they can help you whether those people join your business or not.
Hopefully most of you have my free report on this subject but if not, be sure to grab that today by opting into my list. I think you’ll see it as an eye opener for sure.
So we’re connecting with people on our blogs and hopefully continuing those relationships over on other social media sites. I mean connecting with your blog readers on Facebook is a great way to continue getting to know them more right! But what about the people who connect with you on social sites yet have never been to your blog?
You don’t own any of those social networking sites. Nothing lasts forever and I certainly don’t have to tell you that. Just like I mentioned in my last post, sites like Friendster and MySpace who use to rule the internet are now things of the past. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ have taken over for the most part.
Does that mean they’ll last forever? Does that mean people you’ve connected with on these sites will remain on these for the long haul? You just never know what the future will bring so be sure to get those people to your blogs. That is your online real estate, that is what belongs to you if you have a self hosted blog. No one can take that away from you.
Social media is great and the best place to connect with others but remember, for the most part you want to get people to your blog. It’s where you can get their information and continue to stay connected to them.
We never want to see any of our favorite sites disappear or change their rules so that we can no longer play for free. But free is free and we have to follow their rules. Your blog is your blog and you make the rules. So always just keep in the back of your mind that if you want to build a successful business online you want people coming to your blog.
Were You Aware?
I would love to hear your thoughts about this and whether or not you agree with what I’ve shared. I’m sure you were aware of a lot of this but then again, maybe not.
It’s kind of like always going to the party but never having anyone come over. That’s no fun. You want to show off your new pad or invite them in for some great conversation. Let them see what you’ve been up to and how you may be able to help them in some way.
Thanks for dropping by today and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends. I always look forward to hearing from you and anyone else who may have a view on what I share on my blog. So, see you soon!
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