The Social Media Follower: Following Communication

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It was surprising to me that I love using social media. Social media is communication. Its about technology and integrating it with your message, to transmit feelings and points in a manner which can be as interactive as the tools used. That’s my definition.

Merriam Webster says it this way, “ Social Media are forms of communication (as websites for social networking and microblogging)through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content as videos.”

I never thought I would ‘get it’ so quickly (many years), because I was actually concerned about privacy, security of websites and the destructive capabilities of the unknown. Awareness of safety measures made it easier to jump in and enjoy the experience.

There are somethings we forget about humans when we are caught up in the latest technology blitz or hype. Not many people like to ask questions. They don’t like asking for several reasons which include the fear of sounding ignorant, dumb or stupid. Communication tools and social media

channels are things which demand questions to be asked, because they change so frequently. Here are some examples of the words which ‘tripped me up’, before I asked questions and investigated their meanings;

  1. Algorithm — This sounded like math or algebra, and I was convinced it would be hard to understand because I’m awful at math!

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary its, “a step by step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end, especially by a computer.” Thus, its like baking a cake and knowing what proportions are needed so it won’t flop! If my teachers taught math as food I’d be a grade A student.

2. SEO — This one took a while for me to figure out, but my first impression was it had to be a verb in whatever content you wrote online. (LOL)

Webopedia states, “SEO is short for search engine optimization. SEO is a methodology of strategies techniques and tactics, used to increase the number of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine.” eg. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.

Let me say it this way – if you want someone to find your location you would give directions, sometimes referring to a map or drawing a sketch of the area. SEO is the map/sketch with general directions. As you get more specific with the details, its easier for someone to find you. That’s why SEO is important. It makes information easier to be found when searching online.

3. Followers — This one should have been as easy as the generally understood meaning, which was what I assumed it to be. It is not.

Merriam-Webster states, “ one in the service of another. Fan, devotee.” Social media followers are different from followers whom you lead, and are doing as requested or observed. No way. Social media followers are thinkers who use access to you and your network to expand their own. For many its a one-way relationship without reciprocity. Ideally, it should be a two-way flow of support and sharing.

Having 10K or 100K followers will not guarantee you supporters. You have to build a relationship. This is like having a customer who follows the activities of your company because you sell the Toyota brand of vehicle, and they like cars. Many followers may check out your cars but its the one who engages with you , who may become a customer or refer you to others in his network. Increased engagement, will grow the value to each other in the relationship.

4. Bots — got this one right because I thought it had to be something with robotic features. Bots help with automation which is a process of sharing information and giving feedback , through the use of software, designed to help improve service virtually. I’ve seen them in action and though I’m not keen on talking/writing to anything which is not human, they do generate responses which are quite relatable. Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and any other bot are all here to stay, so we might as well make them welcome into our world!

Experience it

Social media makes it possible for strangers from worldwide locations to meet virtually, through various channels with speed and efficiency. Its easy to have face to face communication with folks because there are so many options, and they are constantly being upgraded. Building quality relationships are easier through the use of ‘real-time’ interaction via Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter, Snap Chat, and a host of other computer and mobile apps.

Your followers can eventually become your close friends / business associates. Gamers interact and share as they engage in their online sport with those they follow and others. Even with all this access, the traditional emotional barriers ( human qualities) are there to be overcome. Trust still has to be established with followers and the site where you meet, for the relationships to mature into more than a collection of addresses.

Am I a social media follower?

Yes I am. I’m following many folks I will probably never physically touch, but the potential for a planned meet-up is also possible. Through blogging and sharing my words you will learn about me and my interests. I’m inspired daily by the writings of many of my followers. Our humanness and diversity keeps us engaged socially online. Maybe one day we will meet. Until then, I’ll see you when I power up on my blogs, medium, twitter, beBee, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Goggle+, tumblr, and others.

Does my experience mirror your understanding? Maybe I’m wrong, what do you think?

Hope this resonates with you. Please share your thoughts via comments. Thanks for being awesome!

A short brief about me: I’m a corporate business veteran, with practical experience in a diverse range of industries — Safety/ HVAC / FMCG /Industrial Equipment /and much more . Sales ,Marketing, Business Development & Coaching are combined to deliver over 30 years experience. As an entrepreneur and blogger (Dwordslayer) I’m right now living an adventure, and looking forward to the next opportunity to challenge mediocrity.

Find me on: Twitter https://twitter.com/DLE41

email:dwordslayer@gmail.com
Credits: merriam-webster.com ; webopedia.com ; pixabay.com

© Donna-Luisa Eversley and D-WORDSLAYER, 2017. All Rights Reserved

Originally published  at The Marketing and Growth Hacking Publication on April 6th, 2017

The Beach and The Lighthouse

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My Favorite Place

Yesterday I went to the beach, and this is meant to relax and inspire!

I like the journey to my favorite beach on the island. It can take two hours or a little more based on traffic and road-works.

To visualize my journey here is a map of Trinidad. I left Chaguanas and headed to Galera Point in Toco! Hope you can find it…

Trinidad map

A long way to go

This beach is unlike any other. There are trees, forested areas, and a winding road which runs parallel to the coast line. Here are some photos taken with my LG Nexus mobile phone.

Toco1a            Toco1b

This beach is very sandy and grainy with lots of coral and pebbles, and for the first time I saw quite a bit of seaweed on the shore and in the water. There were people enjoying their sea-bath and quite a few children around, having a last minute frolic before school reopens next week. For me though it was just the sky and the water suspended in time.

Toco2a (1)    Toco2C   Toco2b

On this trip I promised Dean Owen I would write his sister’s name -‘Natasha’ in the sand – after reading his article on her life, and the link is here in the title… ‘She’s Blue‘. I tried to add ‘Owen’ and the water kept coming faster than I could write.

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The road which takes me to the  beach ends at The Lighthouse at the top on Galera Point.   Toco4c (2)     Toco6

Toco4c (1)    Toco7b (1)

There are picnic tables and benches scattered around the lighthouse area for folks who visit and spend time inhaling the clean crisp sea breeze. Looking down through the mangrove and trees from the cliff top, is a breath-taking view of the ocean ,waves and rocks.

Toco5a        Toco5c (2)

There are many things I’ve taken for granted through the years and going to the beach is one of them. Its always there. If I can’t get to one I’ll go to another. Times change, as do surroundings. Yesterday, I noticed some changes to my favorite beach. There were a few shops set up on entering the beach, a lifeguard post, and signs of commercialism from our local tourism agency. There was also a lot of garbage, plastic disposable wares, bottles and evidence that change may not be healthy for this environment.

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More than nostalgia

I took my photos hoping to avoid the new changes, and chose to keep my memories as they were. Life seems to be a lot like this beautiful place I’ve known for all of my forty seven years. In its natural state its innocence is revered and as time passes awareness creeps in. We are bombarded with speed and efficiency, economy and ease, newness, and unpleasant realities.

Who will take the garbage out of your life, when you use disposable relationships and leave them littered as you have consumed to your satisfaction. The garbage comes from using and leaving something behind. Why not take out the garbage, recycle, and keep what is good. There was a time when we would use Tupperware containers to take our food to the beach, returning home with them and washing for another time. I’m guessing habits have changed in all personal and practical aspects of life. It makes a lot of sense now. Will you minimize the garbage in your life?

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Maybe this is a season of understanding and a meeting of my past and present moving forward to a new tomorrow from today. Take a walk in the park, a walk on the beach, or simply look outside, this may be the last of your favorite place as you know it.

Hope you enjoyed my day yesterday and my new memories. There are two other pieces to share…

 

Found this treasure in the rural village! They are everywhere…the bees! http://www.bebee.com

Be hut

 

IMG_20160607_065045I am a mom, daughter, friend, businesswoman, lover of people, lover of places, lover of life, lover of God. Dwordslayer is who I am when I write, because I’m a lover of words and sharing their meaning. Thank you for reading and hope you will share with someone. Words can increase in value as they are shared – we may never know who may need the meaning, so lets give!

More reading selections:Canada – bebee-haven

Just Thinking out loud 6: The winding road

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Just Thinking out loud 6: The winding road

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I’m always looking for places to take photographs to share on my blogs. It’s not hard to find images which inspire, as beauty can be found almost anywhere. It’ Seems I’m always back to the point of perspective. If I show you four photos, taken on the same road, do you think they will look the same? Let’s try this..

Roads

They all look the same, but have visible differences, which are easy to see. If you were asked what each photo represented, the first answer may be – a road. If you were asked what was the major color in each photo then green would probably be the answer by most folks.

My question to you would be, why did the photographer take out the same photo if every one would elicit the same answer? Why was one photo not enough? As the photographer, I will share my thoughts while shooting the photos.

The first one was at the beginning of a journey and as I looked ahead, I was amazed at how beautiful the trees and forested area appeared. The blue and white sky connect with the trees and I saw nature meeting heaven. The road was uneven, but it was smooth enough to drive safely and I marveled at how the imperfect road seemed to fit in with the raw natural beauty around.

The second photo took me into the forest driving through the green trees, enjoying the smell of the outdoor air, crisp and green, fresh and clean. The road seemed less uneven and winding, taking me further into an unknown area, but promising, because of the good condition of the roadway, a smooth journey. The focus was on the scenery and the journey.

 

The third photo saw me coming to civilization because of the clear areas around the road. I was out of the thick forest and could see into the distance, more roadway, but the sky welcoming me to something different, but unknown. This photo inspired me to hope for what is to come. I have come out from the unknown and into the light.

 

The fourth photo, appears as though we are going up a hill, and it was indeed a gentle creep to a hilltop, which connected with the sky. At the top looking over was my destination. It was in the distance, far but closer because of my vantage point. The journey was almost two hours.

 

The story of our life can be seen within the pictures. We may have similar journeys which appear at a glance to be the same, but with a closer look, its different. I am quick to share my experiences to illustrate a point if the circumstances appear similar. However, maybe appearances are different based on the view and position one takes in the situation.

 

As my children grow older, and make decisions and choices, I can’t shield them and protect them from the differences in the road they take for their journey. Many times I don’t understand and I’m anxious and worried, because it seems I’ve been on this road before. Perspectives, are big, in communication and relationships. No two people can see everything the same way. Maybe, at a glance one can think I’ve been down this road before, but if we look closer, the differences are clearer and sometimes too many to make sense of.

 

I’m still trying to be the best parent I can be. Maybe I don’t have all the answers, but this journey will never end, and I have to enjoy the view while making my way to the end.

Just thinking out loud, because its just you and me, and that winding road.

 

IMG_20160607_065045I am a mom, daughter, friend, businesswoman, lover of people, lover of places, lover of life, lover of God. Dwordslayer is who I am when I write, because I’m a lover of words and sharing their meaning. Thank you for reading and hope you will share with someone. Words can increase in value as they are shared – we may never know who may need the meaning, so lets give!

 

Donna-Luisa Eversley and D-WORDSLAYER, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Donna-Luisa Eversley and D-WORDSLAYER with appropriate and specific direction to the original content