How To Look Virtually Appealing
“The Internet, sometimes called simply “the Net,” is a worldwide system of computer networks — a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers)” — TechTarget
As we all know, majority of our generations are on the Internet — Yes, your parents probably do have an Instagram account, and most likely expect a follow back. But, without any doubt the Internet has evolved, to the point where we find ourselves on a date with our own computers. My point is, we should take a step forward as we are networking by looking more “appealing” when we are on the net. This doesn’t require nice clothes or good hygiene, but yet better intentions. Sometimes we need to look at the net like an actual human being, besides it can do 90% of what humans can’t.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while networking that’ll help maintain a positive cyber reputation:
- Be The Change You Want To See
Face it, at one time we all us3d t0 type lyke dis, but life knocked sense into us and now we cringe when we see the younger generation type that way. Admit it, you want to see the world change but the reality is that it all starts with you!
For example, when you’re on a first date, normally you don’t speak however you want, because you want to make a great first impression.
Likewise, the net requires that attention! However, even when you aren’t trying to make an outstanding first impression, you still want to maintain a great reputation. Your social media should be treated the same, however there’s no harm in having fun — but just don’t set your audience’s eyes on fire.
Not only is your grammar on the media important, but tone and voice is also as important. Remember when you used to TYPE LIKE THIS when you wanted to get your point across (there’s no need to yell, it might take us some time to agree or understand), aiming for the right tonality keeps things in order, which gives you a sense of realization that not everyone may understand nor like the same things as you do. Especially, when it comes to sharing different opinions on the net, be aware that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and you may not have all the facts!
Another example, when you’re on a date you wouldn’t shout across the table to express how you feel, unless I mean — you’re socially insane, but just like on a date having the right kind of posture and tone is the key to success.
On another note, add character to your voice, don’t be completely different and don’t be completely the same. Think about it, who wants to follow an online gangster?
3. Don’t “Fake It Till You Make It”
The catchphrase “Fake It Till You Make It” is commonly used amongst one another, but the common mistake is when we use it as a blueprint to our lives.
The amazing thing about the internet is that it focuses on the real world. For instance, actors don’t act when they’re tweeting, they actually become more human within the social realm. Keep in mind, everything you post on the net stays on the net, therefore be human
For a deeper understanding, ask yourself this question “If I were on a date, would I want them to like me for me or who I impersonate to be?” Actions entirely do speak louder than words. For instance, if you promise your youtube viewers for a new video, stick to your word! Be human and remember — make a good first impression.
Last but not least, as stated before, many people are on the Internet nowadays, regardless of the age group. Another key to success, is to be a leader and not a follower (Unless I mean — you want a follow back on twitter, then I suggest to follow the person #FollowForAFollow) but focus on your audience and writing according to them.
Imagine at once you were a young aspiring journalist, and at one time group of journalists followed you. But then, years go by and you notice that more teenagers are following you, therefore you post pictures about the latest parties, or use profane words to express yourself. What do you think happens?
Again, we’re humans and having fun is no crime, but mistakes like these could ruin your chances of having a great job in the field that you’re trying to brand yourself in, which could’ve been for the young aspiring journalist, journalism.
Also, children on the internet copy what they see (#DamnDaniel) or what they’re taught. Being an example to your followers is key, besides everyone loves a trendsetter and in reality, we don’t need more followers, but yet more leaders!