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Overcoming Social Butterflies Through Social Media

Have you been shy since an early age and finally want to break out of your shell? A brief overview of my own challenge in getting rid of those crazy butterflies by becoming a social butterfly, with the help of social media. Written by Juliet Rocco

From an early age, I had always been painfully shy. People would come up to my mom in the grocery store or church and compliment her on what a cute baby I was…then the waterworks would start, followed by ear-piercing screaming.

Maybe I was a product of “only child syndrome?” I don’t know, but it was obviously embarrassing for my parents because there I was, hiding behind their legs every time we stepped out in a public place or met someone new.

Through elementary and high school I was still quiet. I kept a close-knit group of friends and was a studious athlete focused on getting good grades. By the beginning of my freshman year of college, I decided to take a leap of faith. Instead of hiding under this timid facade, I let my loud, animated self shine brightly through. People took notice, and liked it. And yes, I’m talking about Facebook “likes” too.

What helped break my shy spell? I have to give a lot of credit to social media. By 2008, I was sharing my innermost thoughts in status updates, uploading photos, videos, and talking to many friends whom I had not spoken to in a very long time. This was the outlet that I needed to express myself.

Following Facebook, I began to set up accounts on other social networking sites such as Linkedin and Twitter. I realized that the reason why my friends and colleagues were so successful in the business world was because they were social people and knew how to network.

It’s not rocket science. It’s social science.” – Clement Mok

Facebook helped me become more comfortable with sharing moments of my life with others, especially family and close friends that I’ve been unable to see frequently because of living so far from home. It really has helped shape me and increase my self-awareness of what information I share with others and how I’m perceived online.

When I tell friends of my extreme shyness who have only known me since college, I usually get a surprised look and a raised eyebrow. It makes me laugh now, knowing that my goal has been accomplished and I can feel proud of it. Sure, I’m still quiet from time to time. The most important thing to me is that I’m still able to uphold my personal values.

Takeaway: Countless studies have shown that people now spend more time using social media than watching TV or listening to the radio. If you’re not on at least one social media site, you don’t exist! I know this statement seems extreme, but with company recruiters screening your online activity very thoroughly, they might actually turn you down for NOT having a Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin account. They’ll think you’re trying to hide something otherwise or anti-social if you can’t be found easily online.

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The social network has finally gotten the best of me. Why now, you ask? I’m about to tell you! Please feel free to laugh at my incompetence. Or maybe you can relate? Written by Juliet Rocco

Last year, I set up a Twitter account just to have my full name protected from being taken. I pretty much put the account up on a shelf shortly after and let it collect dust until most recently. Heck, I was just happy that I remembered the password to my account once I got to the log in page!

So what took me so long to join in on all the fun? I’m going to be honest here, I blame my laggardness on bias towards the social network. And, in the back of my mind I considered myself to be a leader, not a follower. By early 2009, the abundance of popular social networks seemed superfluous. Twitter wasn’t going anywhere, and I had been a Facebook loyalist junkie since 2008. Primarily, I use Facebook because observing/sharing multimedia content and information with friends and family is a lot more interactive. Of course, “Facebook stalking” is also an added plus (go ahead and admit you do it too!).

“The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful” – Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard law professor and Internet expert (Source)

I see a different function serving for Twitter. There’s something magically appealing in the challenge to limit the information I give in up to 140 characters, and how everyone else must do the same. We’re all equals here! Another thing I enjoy is its simplicity. For my first tweet I started to strategically apply hashtags because that’s what you do, right? Haha, maybe not. The first time I tried to reply to my friend giving me a @mention, I ended up just retweeting him instead! FAIL. Speaking of fail, I got my first Fail Whale just last week, most likely due to everyone taking to Twitter to tweet about Steve Jobs’ passing. The server was down for a good 10 minutes.

My first tweet: “Finally jumped on the twitter bandwagon. It’s about time, I know. Now I have to hashtag #everything #becauseican #whatnow

This moment right here reminded me of when I tried showing my dad around Facebook and he didn’t know why people were tagging and poking him all the time. Humorous at first, followed by being overwhelmed with trying to navigate through a new and unfamiliar interface. No, Twitter isn’t overly complicated. I’m getting the hang of it. It does feel as if these networking sites are becoming my children though. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make sure I’m catering to their different needs. I’ve now accepted the commitment to keep everything updated so they feel “loved.”

Takeaway: You don’t need to be on every social network out there. Pick the ones that you can relate to best and will actually use frequently. Think of your accounts and profiles as if they were your own offspring. You don’t want to ignore them, you want to see them grow and flourish! Take the time to put the effort in. 

And now for my Twitter plug…Follow me @JulietRocco through my daily life!

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