By: Sarah Dussome
December 1, 2016
Congratulations! You’ve just joined what will soon become one of the world’s largest and most diverse forms of online communication. I know you’re excited to start chatting up your friends and posting all of your vacation photos, but there’s something I want you to know before getting too ahead of yourself.
You probably don’t realize this, but your newly created Facebook profile reflects your personal brand and shows the world (a.k.a. everyone on your friend list) who you are and what kind of attitude you have towards yourself, others, and the world around you. With Facebook, you get to decide what type of “face” you show to the world; you have the ability to showcase your best qualities through your statuses and pictures and decide, on some level, how people perceive you in the virtual world. I know you think that dedicating statuses to how badly you want chocolate chip cookies or uploading endless photos of the random-est things is pretty funny, and I know that you feel obligated to share “what’s on your mind” every time you log in. But, to be honest, between these pointless statuses, weird photos, and clogging your page with intentionally misspelled words doesn’t make you look cool. Seriously. They make you look silly and ridiculous. Although it’s okay to look a little silly and ridiculous sometimes, you need to consider that, while the “delete” button does exist, people on your friend list won’t be seeing your best self and won’t take you seriously. Ok? Ok.
Even though it might not seem like it, what you post on social media does matter. You are communicating with others on a vast online network that extends to every corner of the globe, and some day, when you expand your circles and meet people from other cities, provinces, and continents, Facebook will provide you with the opportunity to keep in touch with them. It’s a far more powerful tool than you realize, and I know you’ll have fun using it (responsibly) over the next 9 years!