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The Gift & Curse of Social Media
Posted on August 3, 2013

Back in the day (90s & early 2000s), all we had were chatrooms, fansites, Xanga, LiveJournal, BlackPlanet and message boards . When I was a teenager, I would spend hours at a time on the B2K message board reading stories and chatting with other girls who loved the group and then we would chat all day and night on AOL Instant Messenger. To this day, I'm still friends with a lot of those same girls and it's crazy to see how things are now that we're adults. 

Even Motha Bey is Team Apple! 

During my earlier college years, all we really had was MySpace and Facebook. Then in 2009, the majority of us discovered Twitter. I spent most of my time live tweeting from seminars, pageants, and class of course. Then there was Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, etc. Social media is everywhere in every form and that's amazing. I've met alumni from fellow HBCUs, people who share the same music taste I do, and I've made friends from my alma mater that I didn't know while we were still in college! The crazy part about that is we all share mutual friends and didn't even know it! 

Social media can be used to promote events, editorial content, or discuss important issues going on in our community.

I say all of this to say that social media can be an amazing tool when used productively. Then you have the not so promising side:

Last night I saw a tweet that said, "How are you 25+ and on Twitter every day? Don't you have a job?" 

Classic case of teenagers speaking before thinking and not staying out of grown folks' business. I kindly pointed out that people use Twitter for tons of things outside of tweeting about celebrities 24/7. People have careers centered around social media. Our favorite companies have jumped on the bandwagon to promote better customer service while some of our favorite celebrities engage fans and share free music. (Hi, Drake.)

While social media can be a headache, it can also be very beneficial and even inspiring. Seeing people come together in memory of Trayvon Martin recently has been the highlight for me personally and getting new music from Drake. I love him, don't judge me. 

At the end of the day, it all boils down to how you use your social networks and who you decide to engage. The choice is yours! Heck if it wasn't for social media, I wouldn't have known about this writing challenge Luvvie created and I wouldn't be forcing myself to blog for 31 days straight. 

That just goes to show I'm putting my social media to good use and working on not being lazy about writing. Looks like a win-win to me!

What are some pros you can think of based on your social media experience? Please share!

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