I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, we’re still on Facebook, right?”
You’re probably right.
But, as Facebook has grown to become the most-visited platform on the planet, it’s increasingly becoming more and more important to be authentic.
I’m not talking about the kind of “meme-worthy” posts that you might see on Instagram.
I mean, it makes perfect sense to be true to yourself on Facebook.
What’s more, being authentic means being real.
And in 2017, that means sharing your story with the world.
It means that you’re sharing your experiences with the people you love.
So, let’s talk about how to do that.
But first, we need to know how to use social media effectively.
I know you’re all ready to throw down your phones and check your emails, but let’s get to the point.
How do you use Facebook to your advantage?
Share with friends and family The first step to being authentic is to be open to sharing.
Sure, we all have our friends and our family to ask about, but it’s important to remember that not all people will share their experiences the same way.
So first, you need to be able to answer the questions of your friends and the people that you trust.
If you’re a friend of a friend, ask your friend about their experience.
If your friends are a family, ask them about their experiences too.
If they’re strangers, ask yourself the question, “What would I do if someone I knew said that this happened to me?”
If your answer is “I’d be very upset” or “I’m just worried about myself,” you’ll know that you can be very honest and truthful on social media.
And remember that if you’re not honest, your message may be seen by your friends as a “silly” or an “unhealthy” joke or “just a stupid question.”
Be open to what others say You’re already familiar with the word “nope” and the phrase “no.”
You probably already know what it means: “Not my kind of person.”
But “nude” has also come to mean “not nice.”
And, of course, “nice” has come to have an entirely different meaning than “naked.”
But it’s always been about the people and places in the world that you care about.
Nowadays, people are trying to change that, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
To be able that honest, authentic voice is essential.
Keep a positive attitude When you’re doing a story on Facebook and someone comes to you with a comment about your experience, remember that you are a human being, too.
We all have moments when we are caught up in negativity and try to make ourselves feel better.
But when you are honest, you will feel like you’re helping others to heal.
And that can mean everything from the emotional pain you’re feeling to the things that you learned or learned from others.
If someone says something about you that is hurtful, it will hurt.
But it won’t be because you are hurting anyone.
Rather, it is because they are not seeing you as you are.
So when you share your story, keep in mind that you don’t have to like it.
Instead, share it because it is important to you.
And then, if that person says anything else about you, tell them that you agree with it.
Because you can.
But if you do, it’ll be better for everyone.
Know when to take the blame When you make a comment on someone else’s story, remember to take responsibility for your actions.
If somebody asks you to delete something because it’s hurtful or because it makes you feel bad, take responsibility and delete it.
And if you think that it’s your job to be someone else, ask others to share their experience too.
Avoid social distancing When you post a story, you’re putting yourself out there and you’re giving yourself the opportunity to connect with other people.
But not everyone sees that.
And when you’re open to having conversations, you’ll likely find that other people are more interested in talking to you about what you have to say than they are in being your friend.
And as Facebook grows more and less about connecting with the masses, you should be more open to doing so.
And, in fact, the more you share, the better it will be for your friends.
So remember, if you see a story that you think should not be on Facebook because it hurts someone’s feelings, don’t be afraid to ask other people to share it as well.
And don’t forget to share your stories with your friends, too!
Don’t use your friends for ratings If you think your friends might be a target for fake news, you don.
That is, if your friends see something that you disagree with, they can’t share that with you. But that’s