How Facebook Has Become A Time Machine

I don’t take pictures off my Instagram.

And I mean pictures of my ex’s and stuff. Why though? Because. It happened. At one point in my life I made the conscious decision to be with these people and taking them off is like trying to delete them. I’m not ashamed about my past. I might be ashamed about some things I said, but I’m not ashamed of who I’ve been with.

It’s amazing how far social media has come though, right? I set up my Facebook back in 2008. That was my freshman year of high school, and now I’m one year removed from college graduation.

Have we even stopped to think about how social media is changing things? My friend Sydney looked back at some old conversations we had in high school and they’re absolutely hysterical. But, again, those conversations have been lying around in my messages ever since those words were written.

Facebook has a memory. You can go back and see what you said to that old girlfriend, or that old friend. It’s insane.

This takes social media way past the linear way many of us look at it. Think about it, our parents never got to save conversations like that. Could they save letters? Sure, but letters aren’t like conversations.

We’re documenting our lives on here. Will Facebook be a way for our kids to look back at who we used to be years ago? Will our kids be able to look at our old messages from when we were teenagers? It’s kind of a weird thought, but why not?

Facebook is still here nine years later, and I doubt it’s going anywhere soon.

Time Hop is a new app that’s just popped up in recent years. It shows you what you posted years ago, and as you can tell this app never would’ve been popular nine years ago because we simply didn’t have any history on Facebook then.

Now we do.

The history of our recent years can be found on Facebook. It’s transcended being a website, or a social media platform. It’s now a time machine. Insane.

What are your thoughts on social media? Comment below!

The Ever-Blurring Line Between Personal Brand and Personal Life

Since I started freelancing seven or eight months ago I’ve learned something about social media that I had been told countless times in school: There’s really no difference between your personal life and personal brand.

I remember sitting in class with the marketing director of a big Pennsylvania company in college and him showing us a picture of a job applicant’s Facebook profile. He was giving the camera the middle finger.

This is an extreme example, but I’ve found that every little way we interact on social media is on display–especially for freelancers.

Social Media Is Our Portfolio

Freelancers are supposed to look for clients on social media, but social media is also like an extension of our portfolio. How we write on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter is a sample of our writing.

Now people that I work with are friends with me and have connected with me. So I had to change my relaxed approach.

Get Rid Of Negativity

I also learned that I should probably stop putting out any kind of negativity at all. And I’m not talking about saying obnoxious things that are bound to get reactions–I’m talking about making dry comments about how my Chipotle didn’t live up to expectations.

People don’t want to see that anyway. We love positivity, and I learned (just recently) that social media should be about positivity only and nothing else–especially for freelancers.

Would you want to work with somebody that’s constantly putting out sarcastic statuses and tweets? It’s completely fine to be funny in my estimation, but sarcasm has a little bit of nastyness thrown into it a lot of times. It’s just not the greatest way to present yourself, and it’s time I realized that.

Business IS Personal

Freelancers are in the unique situation of being able to delegate some terms of a  business relationship. I often casually chat with my clients and ask them how they’re doing. Their personal life spills over in the slightest bit, but that’s okay, because we’re all human in the end.

Business isn’t just business–it’s personal, too. It will always be this way, and that’s why we need to realize that our personal brand is the same thing as our personal life.

It’s really a good thing when you think about it. If we make changes to present ourselves in the best way possible all the time then we become better people too. We’re forced to think about things positively and hold our tongues (or should I say fingers?) when we’re ticked off in traffic.

I used to dislike the fact that social media bleeds over into professional life, but now I’m quite enjoying it, and changing because of it.

Thanks for reading!