Aside from updating your friends and family on your pet’s latest antics, social media is a beneficial tool used by many living with multiple sclerosis to find and establish a sense of community. Additionally, tools such as Twitter and LinkedIn can be valuable when it comes to finding a job. Whether you’re looking to work from home or spend the day at the office, there are many companies that advertise openings across social media. Makes you think twice about sending out that “I hate my job” tweet doesn’t it?
Do: Share Stories
Social media is a great way to connect with people all over the world. Whether it’s sharing family pictures or asking for community feedback on the latest MS trend, there’s no better way to solicit quick feedback than by firing off a tweet. People are inherently social creatures and because of that, social media is a great tool that helps us all feel like we’re not alone in the world.
Do: Establish a Community
When you’re living with a disease like MS, finding a sense of community can be challenging, especially one that is located near you. Social media is particularly excellent in situations like these as it removes geographical constraints and allows you to communicate with others all over the world. Whether you prefer commenting on Facebook, retweeting on Twitter, or “hearting” on Instagram, letting your friends know you are there for them and vice versa is a great perk! How else would our blogger network from all over the world communicate?
Do: Support others
Whether it’s a text from a friend or a handwritten note, connecting with others in the social media world is a great way to find lifelong friends that really understand you. When you first meet a “stranger” on the Internet, it can feel intimidating to share aspects of your life, especially some of your struggles with MS. However, it’s great to know that someone (no matter how far away) is always there for you.
For some, social media feels like a fun look into the daily lives of others that are just like you. For others, it is a window into the good, the bad, and the very ugly (you know who you are). One thing that is important when establishing social media profiles is knowing how much you are comfortable sharing. Haven’t shared your diagnosis with your boss? Don’t tweet about it! Trying to keep aspects of your family life private? Maybe think twice about posting a status update detailing your children’s sleeping habits. Whether you’re looking to social media for a fun creative outlet or a place for community, we recommend outlining exactly how far you’re willing to go before you get started.
Don’t: Share only negativity
In today’s world, we often see people struggling with online “trolls” that have nothing but mean things to say. Although it can be tempting to use social media as an emotional outlet, it’s important to know that your online persona can be accessed by almost anyone in the world! When crafting a tweet or Facebook post, it is always beneficial to ask yourself “would I say this to a friend?” If the answer is no, consider how you could reword it to build people up rather than tear them down.
Don’t: Tweet about your job
While sharing the daily antics of your least favorite coworker may seem appealing, at the end of the day it’s important to consider whether or not that would be beneficial for your career. Is it possible that your boss could read what you’re sharing online? What about the person that you’re talking about? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, consider thinking twice before hitting send.
At the end of the day, your social media profiles are for you, so use them at your own risk!