At first, social media scared the crap out of me! I avoided it and claimed I’d NEVER be a part of it, and then Sean Devlin (Co-Founder of Front Rush – online recruiting software for college coaches), kindly called me an idiot for not getting in the “social media pool.” So I started a Facebook account and off I went.
The scary part for me was the power it gave anyone and everyone to find me from anywhere. Then it hit me, I now have the power to allow anyone and everyone to find me from anywhere. Sitting in their home, on their computer, looking for baseball opportunities in Minnesota, and I now have the instrument to put our program right in front of their face. Thank you Sean for pushing me into the “social media pool!” The social media platforms will continue to change; however, the social game remains the same, share content for everyone to see.
A few years ago I noticed some of the players graduating from our college program were deleting their social media accounts, and I found this very strange. I asked one of them why and he told me, “I need to get rid of all the crap I posted over the past six years. I’m trying to get a job! Employers are going to ‘Google’ me, I can’t allow them see all that stuff.” My first thought was, “Wow… What a waste! These kids are missing a great opportunity!” If he would’ve spent the past six years posting content that showed how awesome he really is, he would have been excited about a potential employer ”Googling” him after an interview.
Here’s what young people need to understand about social media:
- Everyone is a knucklehead when they’re young (some of us still are); however, we didn’t have the ability to document it for everyone to see.
- Social media is a powerful tool that’s not going away and will continue to get bigger and better.
- If you’re posting information about yourself via social media, people have the ability to find it.
- What you share is a choice. No one can stop you from putting all your moments out there for everyone to see; however, people will find it and they will judge it. There is nothing you can do to stop that from happening once you share something.
- When someone is trying to decide if they should give you a job, a “real” job, one that pays enough money to live your life, they will absolutely “Google” you.
- You have the ability to control what you share. Choose to share everything awesome about yourself and stop sharing everything less than awesome! You can control what people find. Don’t be afraid of social media; embrace it! Use social media to create a personal brand you want people to find!
- Most importantly, remember: “The Internet Is Forever.”
I’ll finish this post with this as my final thought: The biggest crime is not using social media to craft an awesome personal brand that you want people find.
I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this subject, especially our younger readers. Please take a few minutes to leave them below.