The Reputation Manager spotted a funny piece on Buzz Feed which re-imagined what things would be like if social media was made for people who hate social media.
Speaking of hate, sadly, there's a lot of it on the internet, which has led to the creation of organisations like the Online Hate Prevention Institute.
Such is the potential for name calling, cyber-bullying, misrepresentation and trolling online, that many millions of people have decided to give sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram a miss, including some well-known names.
For them, social media's 'bad' reputation stands before it and will continue to do so, 24 hours a day, with a seemingly never-ending production line of information ranging from the informative to the entertaining and the trite to the totally bizarre.
This prompts the question: "does social media reflect how we generally are, or is it actually changing our brains?"
The people at App Science definitely think so.
Once upon a time - centuries ago in internet time - the main sources of information were national broadcasters, commercial news organisations and independent news agencies....oh, and government departments.
State propaganda, whether sent out directly or mediated via numerous third parties, was planned, scheduled and 'controlled'.
Ah, the good old days!
Then came the internet...
...and social media.
Now, persuasive, powerful and often poisonous propaganda can come from virtually anyone, anywhere in the world.
These days, the flow, buzz and scope of (dis)information is on an industrial scale.
As my American cousins would say: "it's scary as hell'!
Here's the BBC's take on it:
This 'battle of the internet giants' animated infographic (from Penny Stocks Lab), doesn't mention China's own online retail colossus, Alibaba, but still makes for interesting viewing.
Click above to view the full version [h/t Penny Stocks Lab].
The online world is awash with data, statistics, algorithms, code, text, audio, images, video and other distractions.
This makes it, on the one hand, a potential goldmine of useful, profitable, life-or-business-changing information and on the flipside, a never-ending stream of overwhelming, confusing, and potentially damaging data.
I have to confess that, as someone from the 'old school' (I started work way before the internet was out of its nappies), my filters are on most of the time. This is partly due to self preservation (I want to retain what's left of my sanity), and partly because a lot of information on the world wide web is, frankly, rubbish.
I may well be contributing to this - it all depends on how useful people who read this blog and my other writing find it.
But, I digress.
I've come across a snappy infographic from the people at internet marketing firm, Syndacast.
From floods to riots and horsemeat scandals to influenza epidemics, every day, communities and public officials all over the world have to deal with challenging situations that affect health, safety or wellbeing.
Two recent examples of naturally occurring crises that needed an urgent emergency response are the floods in the UK and the ongoing 'big freeze' in the United States.
Stating the obvious, handling a crisis is not an easy task.
Typically, when a crisis happens, the local authority, health providers, police, fire & rescue teams, schools and other organisations work together to make sure that people are kept safe and that services keep running.
Much of this activity is done while journalists, commentators and the general public at large engage in a mix of conjecture, misreporting and (sadly) distortions that can fuel concern, heighten anxiety or cause outright panic.
This is particularly true when things seem to change on a second-by-second basis.
In our networked age (even with the hard fought dominance of television in breaking news stories) using social media is the best way of communicating information - especially complex, actionable instructions.
Take a look at the image below to see examples of how it can be used effectively.
Thanks to Emergency Management Degree and Visually.
Despite reports of the 'death of Facebook' - especially among teenagers - the world's number one social networking site still packs a punch when it comes to the number of users... and its ability to fuel scandals, both as a distribution channel and as the centre of attention.
I'm featuring 12 Golden Rules of Facebook Etiquette, courtesy of Brett McKay from the Art of Manliness, Barnickel Design and, of course, Visually.
It should hopefully help you hold on to your friends and preserve your reputation.
"I love me, who do you love?"
Social media has unleashed the personality within, with millions of people blogging, tweeting or posting their every thought, action or observation to visitors, friends or followers on a minute-by-minute basis.
Sorry, Mr Warhol: the days when people aspired to claim their 15 minutes of fame are long gone.
Now, everyone has the chance to become an 'instant celebrity', courtesy of social networking basics like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.
With this 'power' should come responsibility, but what seems to be happening is a trend towards what best-selling Swedish author and technology security expert Anders de la Motte described as 'narcissism and desperation'.
When it comes to reputations, 'oversharing', posting boring content or uploading explicit photos can be a turn off - even for people who like you!
Check out the graphic below from Best Computer Science Schools.
Do you recognize yourself?
Today's inforgraphic is courtesy of Demand Force.
I'm having a particularly lazy day today - well, not exactly lazy, more distracted,
as I've been working behind the scenes on a new service launch aimed at the
small business market.
I thought readers of this blog might enjoy quick reference guides - aka 'Cheat
Sheets' on how to present themselves in style on Twitter and Facebook.
I could do with updating my own profiles but, as usual, life and other stuff is
getting in the way. :)
Thanks to Online Circle Digital for two fantastic infographics.
If you like your profile and would like to share it, get in touch with me and
I'll feature it on The Reputation Manager blog.
Have a trouble-free weekend!
Let's face it, you're busy people.
You have work, business, social and family commitments.
But you still want to be 'connected' and relevant, so recognize the need to get plugged in to this social media stuff.
The big question is, how much time do you need to spend on social media?
The people from Dendrite Park have a fun way of answering it.
Thoughts on customer service, communication and, of course, reputation management.