If you were born before 2000, you probably grew up hearing the phrase ‘Don’t talk to strangers on the internet‘ quite often. You were probably also warned not to share photos online or personal information. Fast forward to the present, and it is clear that those are words/actions we no longer abide by. Engaging with strangers online and sharing hundreds and thousands of photos and details of our personal lives is not just popular, it’s the norm thanks to Social Media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and You Tube. For many people, social media is a good thing.
Personally, I enjoy social media and sharing parts of my life with the outer world. I welcome the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals in online communities, particularly on Instagram. I would of course caution everyone to practice internet safety and be mindful of the type of information that you share online.
Recently, one of my followers on instagram , a young Cameroonian Doctor living in Kentucky, USA reached out to me. She was travelling to Anguilla for holiday and wanted some advice on where to eat and things to do. Upon arriving to Anguilla, she also invited me to meet up for lunch, which I gladly accepted. We opted for lunch at Breezes Restaurant at The Reef. Unfortunately the beach side lounge was closed due to it being the slow season. However, we were still able to enjoy a lovely lunch poolside.
Our conversation ranged from politics to island life to travel to relationships. Although I had just met this woman for the first time and had only exchanged a few messages with her prior to meeting, I felt quite comfortable. I really love meeting new people because I often learn so much about new cultures, new perspectives and different ways of thinking. Additionally I always welcome the opportunity to be an ambassador for my beautiful island Anguilla (which she absolutely loves!). You can check her out on instagram (@ninots) where she shares several amazing photos of her time in Anguilla.
Times have certainly changed and social media should no longer be viewed as negative or frivolous but rather platforms for opportunity. Social Media helps to alleviate the ‘real-life’ awkwardness of approaching new people thanks to the varying degrees of separation. It is far easier to engage someone online than it is in person. Along with sharing and engaging with new/like-minded people, social media is also great for business and marketing. I would highly recommend that every business have a Facebook page and an Instagram Business account at the least.
Social media is here for the long haul!
DO enjoy it.
DO benefit from it.
DON’T be afraid to be yourself.
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Until next time ?
STAY CHIC, S