. Do you know the highest peak of sending and getting friend requests? It’s the beginning of a new session! Be it college, school or even a short course or camp that we attend, social media is the place where we get to know our fellows first, much before the real life conversation begins.
But there are other facts too, that we sometimes overlook, but your digital profile can really make a difference there too:
Your college admissions, scholarships and even jobs are at risk if you fail to make a positive digital image:
Yes, they stalk you, google you before they call you for an interview or consider your profile. A Kaplan Test Survey assesses that “The percentages of college admissions officers who say they have Googled an applicant (29%) or visited an applicant’s Facebook or other social networking page to learn more about them (31%) have risen to their highest levels yet.”
Are you a positive-activist wanting to directly work with the UN someday?
It can happen real soon, but your digital footprint would be a major change-maker.
Also, a lot of caring teachers tend to keep a check on students’ social media profiles, connect with them virtually and take care of their behavioral patterns.
If that doesn’t strike a chord then possibly you would relate to the fact that having a positive digital profile is just like maintaining your notebooks throughout your academic session, if you don’t do it right from the beginning, it might get really difficult to do it 6-months down the line.
Building a positive digital profile will take you:
Your Real-life Name
(Pen names really confuse your friends.)
Your Real Face or Nothing
(Please avoid using images of other people downloaded from the internet. You might want to click a decent picture of yourself, create a sketch or add the pictures of your favorite things.) - Display pictures are mostly public and you might want to be careful while picking them.
Most of them would need a cover
- A cover picture is a way to tell the world about your personality type or just things you like, do or prefer to describe yourself. An interesting way of making it interesting is to use a quote from your favourite book and quote it there.
Align your profile to your vibe!
Love it or hate it, people will get to know more about you through what you depict online and the way you talk about it. Let your profile do the talking about all the things you are passionate for.
If you’re applying for a scholarship or an internship, don’t fail to show up your work in your linkedin profile
and even share a link in your application. A lot of people pick great opportunities from LinkedIn and you can get your profile there as soon as you are 12.
Social networking could be real fun if you’re a good sport and would not mind learning a couple of things about it! Tell me in the comments, if you would like to know more about any particular medium. Don’t hesitate to share your questions too!
Pro Tip: Use the same 'Username or handle' for all your profiles. A handle is what comes onf facebook / instagram as @yourname. It helps you when you become famous!
Be happy being mindfully social.
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Credits: The Writer is an entrepreneur, an Editor, a Social Media Expert, Digital Branding Consultant, Online Marketing Trainer and a Positivity Enthusiast, all at 27.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.