The Social Media Love Languages

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The Social Media Love Languages

Posted Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 by Abimbola Duro-David

It is pretty obvious that the future of "Media" lies in social media.

However, it is very important to maximise our use of social media as it has become a part of our social lives.

Some cannot live without their phones, tablets and other forms of new technology. These makes it easier to reach social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Social media serves as an intermediary between us and our best friends, probably companions and even businesses.

Every best friend, companion and business deserves love and understanding in order to make the relationship worthwhile.

Some may know the 5 love languages as stipulated by Gary Chapman; it may suffice to incorporate these into our social media sect.

Show some love through "your social media" today.

Here are the 5 social media love languages:

Words of affirmation 

  • It is quite easy to communicate using encouraging words. It could be written or spoken communication.
  • Tweet 140 characters of encouragement, post an affirming comment on someone's Facebook wall, or verbally tell them over sites like Skype, Tango and Google video chat.
  • How good would it make you feel if you received a message from your boss or co-worker complimenting you on the good work you are doing?

Quality time

  • Get on Facebook chat, Skype, Gchat, or any other place where you can talk back and forth giving someone your undivided attention.
  • In the workplace, this might be the equivalent of stopping by a team members desk to check-in and listen to how their day is going.

Gifts

  • This is also pretty easy. 
  • Facebook gifts used to be a big thing, and they will soon be coming back by popular demand.
  • However, guys, giving your girlfriend a heart shaped box picture on Facebook for Valentines day is NOT the same thing as actually giving her a box of chocolates. You need to do both.

Acts of service

  • Helping someone by doing something for them can be taxing as it causes you to get outside of your own world, but you will be happy you did.
  • Giving really is better than receiving- cliché, I know! Sacrificing your own time and efforts for someone else is so rewarding though! 
  • Ask a team member what is taking a toll on them right now and see if you can lighten their load.
  • Find out what needs to get done and do it.

Physical touch

  • Not easy. Actually, you can't do this one.... the closest you will get is an internet high-five, and I don't think you want anyone to catch you slapping your screen...so, we'll see where new media technology takes us.

Clicks of affirmation

  • Clicking the "like" button on someone's status or picture can be so affirming to them.
  • Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, you can help someone feel appreciated through the click of your mouse or by tapping your thumb on your touch screen mobile device.
  • Sometimes you don't want to actually comment or say anything, but you still want to express that you "like" their status, picture, video, or whatever they've posted.
  • Thanks to the "like" button, you can now show someone you like their blog as well!
  • A more recent way to encourage someone, especially on their blog, is to "pin" their content. This shows that not only do you like what they have, but you think its worth sharing.

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Posted Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 by Abimbola Duro-David

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