How do you use social media?
Posted on April 13, 2018
I’m writing this as Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on how Facebook gave away our information, so it seems like a good time to ask you all a question that has been on my mind.
How do you use social media to further your work or advocate for your clients and positive change in your community?
I asked this question because of a comment I got on a recent LinkedIn post. Here is the post with a picture of my wife and me at the Denver March for Our Lives Rally.
My heart breaks that I spent my Saturday marching because I fear for the life of my wife & her students. I can’t understand a morality that advocates for weapons that kill thousands each year. If you value gun lobby $ over children’s lives, we’ll take you down.
I admit my language was a little harsh, but my fear and outrage go well beyond these words. I use a free service to post on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all at once. The post got many more likes than my typical post, but I got one comment that made me stop, reflect, and ask your opinion.
The comment was “Let’s keep politics off LinkedIn.” I reached out to the person who wrote the comment both about why he thought my pose was inappropriate and to start a dialogue concerning our difference in views about guns. The interaction has continued to be respectful and informational.
I struggle a little because I understand his point of view. I do not distinguish between my activism, advocacy, and professional self. I do usually aim for a proactive, positive message, but if an organization like the NRA lobbies actively for assault rifles and bump fire stocks, then I feel justified in my directed rage!
I would love to get your opinion both on my question and on my post.