WE’RE ALL FAMOUS: Part 1
Over the weekend as I was chilling on a bar balcony in Downtown sipping on a tasty cold beer, a young guy from the table next to us leaned over and asked “Hey, are you Hector Garcia?” As I extend my hand to shake his, I’m like “Yeah, what’s your name?” As he gave me his name he stated “I follow you on Instagram!” I embraced my Instragram fame for those brief moments and made a new real life friend, who I too had already been following. In fact he’s a great local artist that you should follow at @whatevs_jacob
I shared this with a friend the next day who jokingly said “You’re famous bro” and it was at that moment that I realized that if we’ve chosen to use Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and any other social media tool, then the truth is WE’RE ALL FAMOUS. Because of Instragram I’ve met some great people the same way I met Jacob, with one of my closest friends being met for the first time with the words “Hey, you’re that girl from Instagram!”. The rest is history.
So yes, all of you are famous and while many don’t use their online fame wisely, many do and have a great following. Meeting people online first is now the norm with first time meetings being accompanied by those famous words “Hey, you’re the person from Instagram”. With this said, I wanted to provide some social media tips that I’ve been wanting to share that I feel will help us all live socially happy together. There are no rules to this game, but maybe there should be a few. Here are my few.
HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE THINGS PERSONAL
My number one piece of advice is to simply have fun. Many people take things so personal on social media and are ready to fight you if you say something they disagree with. The walls of Facebook should be full of happiness and laughs, not hate, anger, or ranting. I have no problem deleting someone that doesn’t know how to follow this first rule. Your experience on social media should make you laugh everyday and if you’re not then you’re doing something wrong or maybe you should search for more keyboard cat videos to cheer you up.
BE OPEN TO OTHER OPINIONS
If you’re going to post something online, be open minded and leave room for opinions that are different than yours. Don’t be that censor who continually deletes comments that you disagree with. When I post anything that is considered a “hot topic” I allow my friends and followers to hash stuff out and respectfully disagree. If it gets out of hand and I see that a few are becoming mean with each other, I’ll put a stop to it. But I never ever censor. If you’re going to do that, then you have no business posting in the first place.
DON’T USE FACEBOOK TO SEND SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES
I see this one all the time and it’s sad and funny at the same time. Please don’t be this person who uses their Facebook status update as a way to deliver a subliminal message to an ex boyfriend or girlfriend or to that person who did something to hurt you. It’s ridiculous and yes, you look stupid when you do this. I’ve actually called people out on this and encouraged them to take the post down and handle this “hurt” in a different and non-public way.
POST VIDEOS & PICS OF PUPPIES EVERYDAY
This one goes without saying. Make the social media world a happy place by at least doing this once a day. Make it a habit or else.
MORE MODESTY IN THE NAME OF FITNESS
With the rise of fitness and crossfit there are many people who have made some very lucrative careers as fitness models or “spokes persons” for fitness. I follow a few that are legit with one person having almost 2 million followers on Instagram. With so many reaching for the same type of success, modesty isn’t something being reached for at the same time. In fact modesty has been thrown out the window, with many using “fitness” as a reason to post photos of themselves in panties and bras, or maybe none at all.
I saw a meme once that stated “Back in the day you’d be lucky if you could get a girl to send you half naked photos by text, now all you have to do is follow them on Instagram”. Bring back modesty and if you’re truly promoting fitness, then promote that, not soft porn.
Be yourself. Be unique. Be different. This is the way we communicate today and people just want to see us for who we are, not some fake social media personality. Just be yourself and be awesome. Have fun and remember, at least one pic or video of puppies per day. You’ll easily get at least 50+ likes on those posts. LOL.