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Are You Sure You’re Posting the Right Things on the Right Social Media Platforms?

Are You Sure You’re Posting the Right Things on the Right Social Media Platforms?
There are a lot of social media platforms out there, and no two are completely alike. Each has its own features and styles that you should be aware of. After all, it would be awkward if you didn’t know the cultures of different social media platforms and posted something that doesn’t fit a social media’s sensibility. Read below to learn how to avoid making that kind of mistake.

1. Facebook

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Facebook
    Facebook is the social media platform for pretty much everyone. Your parents probably use it. Your grandparents might even use it. It’s where you’ll probably keep up with most of your friends and family, since that’s where a lot of them are already situated. The chat function is a great way to have a quick back-and-forths over the net, and the news feed is a pretty effective way to keep up with what’s going on in your circles. Facebook is best used for basic social interaction.

    2. Twitter

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    Twitter
      Twitter is great for bite-sized updates, short commentary, jokes and humorous anecdotes. This is where you want to be following your favorite celebrities (especially your favorite comedians) because it’s the social media platform used most often for someone to speak their mind. As a creator of content on Twitter, you shouldn’t be delivering any long soliloquies. Say what you need to say to your followers without wasting words.

      3. Tumblr

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      Tumblr
        Tumblr is considered one of the most trendy social media platforms. It’s blogging made easy, allowing you to post in a number of formats that include text, photos, quotes, links, video and audio. Because its website and app are very visually-oriented, Tumblr is especially great for browsing for and posting art. It’s an okay place to look at and post photos, too, but there are better social media platforms for that.

        4. Instagram

        Instagram
          Instagram is one of those social media platforms. It’s a great place to either document your daily life or amaze people with your stunning photography skills. Instagram is both a great way to communicate with your followers and a powerful creative outlet. As long as you’re delivering photos that either show what your life is like or provoke a visceral reaction, you’re doing it right.

          5. Pinterest

          Pinterest
            Pinterest is the other major player in the image-oriented social media platforms scene. But, unlike Instagram, Pinterest is geared towards a consumer instead of a spectator. It’s widely used by women, who often “pin” products that they might purchase in the future. That’s only one way to use Pinterest though. It has all the possibilities of a digital pin board that can be shared with the masses, making it one of the most versatile social media platforms.

            6. Snapchat

            Snapchat
              Snapchat has by far the youngest audience of any of these social media platforms. It offers you the chance to send messages that are automatically deleted from the receivers’ accounts after a few seconds. However, that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever, so don’t treat Snapchat as a free pass to reveal all your secrets. It’s primarily a way to express yourself through a combination of photos and text to close friends.

              7. LinkedIn

              LinkedIn
                LinkedIn is as different from Snapchat as social media platforms can be from each other. The social media equivalent of a resume, LinkedIn is primarily used for job hunting or job posting. If you’re sharing your innermost feelings on LinkedIn, you’re probably not using it right.

                8. Google+

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                  Even though it initially had other/bigger plans, Google+ has mostly taken off as a secondary option for social media platforms for businesses. Its biggest benefit is only tangentially related to the service itself. The main appeal is that promoting your business on Google+ is an effective form of search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, it’s a way to get your person, company or brand higher up in Google search rankings. If that’s a major concern of yours then plow ahead with it. Otherwise, it’s probably best to be avoided.

                  Featured photo credit: Social Media Garden/j&tplaman via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                  30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                  30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                  In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                  1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                  Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                  2. Focus on your breath

                  Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                  3. Get organized and purge old items

                  A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                  4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                  Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                  5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                  Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                  6. Smile more

                  Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                  7. Don’t worry about the future

                  As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                  8. Eat real food

                  The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                  9. Choose being happy over being right

                  Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                  10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                  Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                  11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                  You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                  12. Get comfortable with silence

                  When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                  13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                  So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                  14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                  Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                  15. Speak more slowly

                  Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                  16. Don’t procrastinate

                  Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                  17. Buy a coloring book

                  Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                  18. Prioritize yourself

                  You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                  19. Forgive others

                  Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                  20. Check your expectations

                  Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                  21. Engage in active play

                  Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                  22. Stop criticizing yourself

                  The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                  23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                  Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                  24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                  Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                  25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                  Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                  26. Manage your money

                  Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                  27. Stop trying to control everything

                  Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                  28. Practice affirmations

                  Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                  29. Get up before sunrise

                  Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                  30. Be yourself

                  Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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