Social Media

Facebook Obsession

If you don’t know what Facebook is capable of, and you are using it, you definitely need to watch this.

With that being said, and after I watched it, I think it’s silly for people to use such a site with such a massive amount of people accessing it each day for them NOT to know what facebook is capable of doing, both positive and negative. Why post a rant about your co-workers on the internet? That’s like publishing a book about how horrible your employer and its employees really are, and then you distributing it on amazon.com (at least in my opinion anyways).

Fortunately, for those people who don’t rant or pout in their posts on their facebook, there are good things being done. Some of those good things involving facebook include raising awareness and find like-minded people to help support a cause you are passionate about. People might say, “well, that’s only two reasons.” Yes, well if you use it “right,” then it might work out for you.

If you have no idea why you are on it or why you even use it, ask yourself: why did you create a facebook page in the first place? If facebook isn’t right for you, deactivate your page. Come back when you are ready, or you have the option to delete it. If you choose to delete your facebook page, then you are given a 14 day period to think whether you want to actually keep it or not. Oh and besides, I don’t think facebook and it’s users will miss you with 50% of its 500 million active users logging on each day (Facebook Statistics).

The only advice I have to offer to people is that if you are going to use something like facebook to get your message across, make sure it’s the right message and for the right reasons and make sure the people who you want to see this message are those people that are the ones receiving this message.

Public Relations and First Nations

I believe that many First Nations communities can benefit from investing into Public Relations within their community.

In response to researching reputation, Forbes article on Reputation management, I found this article called The 11 Unwritten Laws of Reputation Management. I also came across a blog on Facebook, found on TBK Creative’s website (Click HERE to view it).

There is one thing that both articles/blogs have in common. This commonality is this: if you don’t create or make your own reputation, others will create it for you. I believe that if First Nations communities (specifically their Chiefs and Councils), the ones with the resources and people power, begin to invest or at least learn the ins-and-outs of “reputation management” or “public relations” or “social media,” First Nations communities may just begin to be seen in a more positive light. Sounds good. But what does this mean? Well, as a First Nations member, I have heard or witness a variety of things relating to the perception of First Nations people by other First Nations or Non-First Nations. Some of these things are good, or positive. Others, not so positive (negative).

If First Nations can create their own reputation, why not? Instead of letting the general Canadian population do it for them. This type of behavior can be witnessed on any discussions/replies in response to Globe and Mail articles that focus on Aboriginal issues. Some of the uneducated comments that were alive 25 years ago, are still alive today. It saddens me.

If First Nations take the step forward by learning the benefits of investing into public relations, they may be able to better their own reputation within Canadian Society and perhaps garden and grow some positive public responses to their issues and needs.

This is just my opinion.

I know that not all First Nations have the resources or people power to put time and effort into this type of thing. Yet, I believe team work is key. Please read my post titled 1/2 The Solution on my opinion on having First Nations working together to help one another.