In Chapter 3, Qualman mentions that social media allows individuals to take real time inventories of their lives and assess what they’re doing day to day. Simply looking over a history of status updates, tweets, etc., can possibly paint a picture of not only how you’re living your life, but what impressions you are imparting on others? Take a look at your status updates and ask yourself, “Are you happy with what you see?”
In 2010, a Facebook Analytic team published a report about status updates and what they mean (according to trends). The article, while almost three years old now, still paints an interesting picture as to what your status updates generally mean, and what age groups tend to post what.
Read the full article here, and then post back here AFTER you go home and take a look at your recent tweets and status updates. What did most of your tweets and status updates consist of? Were they jokes? Complaints? General updates? What would someone who doesn’t know anything about you think of you based strictly on these social media snapshots? Would you be happy with that impression you’re leaving? Why or why not?