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Can We Talk About Social Media?

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I'm back on Facebook (sort of).

If you've been following along with my journey long enough, you know I dumped the platform a few years back (before I switched over to this site!) and didn't regret the decision one bit. You may have also noticed that my love for Instagram only grew stronger. 

Then, last month (after talking with Elise about opting out of Facebook business pages), I realized just how many real life family and friends still used Facebook—and only Facebook, for the most part—to connect. I was missing them. Additionally, the groups in which I was participating were using Facebook groups to plan events and support one another. Because I had my old phantom account (it's ridiculously hard to delete the Facebook—let it be known that deactivating and deleting are two different beasts), I had been participating in these groups in a more peripheral sense. I was skirting around the connectivity that Facebook is known for, which meant I wasn't fully participating at all. 

Cue the sad trombone.

So, I decided to start a new account—a personal one—that is reserved for family, friends and people I've truly connected with over the last many, many months. I'm being 100% intentional with the account, which means I won't be connecting with people I only know online (come say hi on Twitter or Instagram!) or business contacts I don't see or hear from regularly (we're all on LinkedIn, yes?). I also have no desire to start a business page. Let's just all agree how useless those have become—especially if you're just now jumping into the game. 

So how's it going so far? Connecting only with those people I actually know and socialize with regularly has been delightful. Note that I never would have imagined using that word to describe Facebook. For the last two years, I've been using a host of very pointed words, accompanied by less-than-positive body language when the platform would come up in conversation. Yet, I think I may have found the key to using it without the noise I so desperately wanted to leave behind in 2012.

I have to mention that Facebook is not the place it once was. It feels like people are using it less and less to share their daily business and I like that. I hope someday it will just fade into the background completely and something better will take its place. Until then, however, I'm glad to have reconnected in the space with those I know and love. 

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So tell me friends: are you using Facebook for personal and/or business purposes? How do you feel about the platform these days? 


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Featured: Clementine Daily + Making Connections Online

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Featured: Clementine Daily + Making Connections Online

Featured: Clementine Daily // "In Real Life: Making Connections Online"

Let me tell you, my friends: changing domain names is no joke. I was so busy digging around old blog posts, fixing broken links and finding mysteriously missing photos last week that I nearly missed my latest feature on Clementine Daily

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing some super talented ladies about using social media to turn online contacts into solid friendships and amazing career opportunities offline.

Many thanks to:

I have been totally inspired by these women and hope you'll find their stories as interesting and encouraging as I did. 

If you haven't had a chance to check out the story, you can do so here.

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Now it's your turn. Have you made any really great friendships or furthered your career using social media to start the conversation? We'd love to hear your stories over on Clementine Daily in the comment section! 


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Truth: I Have a Crush on Your Instagram Feed

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Don't act like you didn't know. You've seen my name hovering above the <3 button.

As some of you may (or may not) remember, I swore off Instagram and Facebook late last year. "It's too much," I exclaimed. "Those terms of service are b-a-n-a-n-a-s!" I un-friended everyone on Facebook and deactivated my account. I tried desperately to find a new photo sharing app that I could enjoy as much as Instagram. 

So, what happened? Over seven months later, my Facebook strike is going strong. I've logged in to keep up with a few events, but that's about it. Because I have no "friends," it's super easy to just log in, get the details and log right back out. Done and done. Do I miss it? Sometimes. Do I miss it enough to go back to using it regularly? Nope.

My relationship with Instagram, however, has blossomed. What can I say? There are so many people I know (and many whom I have never met) posting incredible photos. I just can't seem to quit it.

A few users in particular are super crush-worthy, so I thought I'd publicly announce my love for their mad skills:

I obviously follow many wonderful feeds, but these are a few of my favorites. I just love the curated feel to each collection and appreciate the effort they put into sharing their work. Go check them out if you have a minute!

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Since I'll probably be keeping Instagram around for the foreseeable future, I'd love to know who you all enjoy following. Any stand-out favorites? Are we friends on Instagram yet? I'm @JenSnyder if you're into that sort of thing. 


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