Social Media. So much. So confusing.

So where do you start with Social Media? That’s a big question when you’re at the beginning of the Social Media road. First, you’re not the only one who may be overwhelmed. Millions and millions of daily posts on Facebook and Twitter pages are only a fraction of the social mountain. As you know, lots of what you see on the web is not really worth your attention.

Friend me. Like me. De-friend. Share my post. Retweet. Copy the tweet. And on and on. Is this all worth it?

Believe it or not, social media is not going away. It’s here and it’s going to evolve. It’s where news is generated. Did you know it can warn of an earthquake seconds before it hits? Social media drives issues. It promotes good things. It can promote bad things. Friends are not necessarily your “friends”. It can drive presidential elections. It can make you smile, cry, laugh, and become angry. With social media, it all comes at you whether you want it to or not. It can mislead. Even major new networks have been “tricked” into reporting erroneous stories. People re-post false news and content every day.

When will this all stop? It won’t.

If you’re going to ride the social media wave, be smart. That’s what we teach high school and college students as we mentor them….be smart in social media. Be slow to digest, post and embrace. Don’t believe everything you see. Not everyone is your friend. Protect yourself.

And that’s what we tell you today. Be careful our there. Lots of crazy social media action out there. Take it slow.

Post responsibly.