25 Good Things About Social Media That It's Worth Remembering

Catch A Crook

Catch A Crook

Social media has been known to help in criminal investigations in the past. This is because the criminals themselves can't seem to help but post incriminating stuff online.

Information

Information

People share news stories on social media. In fact, it's now where most people go to get their news.



The Inside Out

The Inside Out

People with anxiety issues or just plain shyness have a different outlet.

New Ideas

New Ideas

It promotes thinking and new ideas by exposing us to other points of view and other ways of doing things which we would not have had access to before.



Connecting

Connecting

It allows us the chance to communicate with family and friends more often and keep in touch.

Small Business

Small Business

It offers a fantastic way for small businesses to reach potential customers without having to spend as much on advertising.



Buy, Swap and Sell

Buy, Swap and Sell

It's like a garage sale except it reaches way more people and it goes all the time, not just on a Sunday.

Find People In To The Same Stuff As You

Find People In To The Same Stuff As You

It provides groups and forums for people in to the same stuff. You know, like knitting, or model train sets, or extreme ironing. Whatever your fancy.



It Saves Lives

It Saves Lives

Pictured is the site in Greece where a woman fell from a cliff to a ledge below. With many broken bones, she was unable to move and stayed there for a few hours until she decided to try Facebook. She made her profile public, gave the details of her fall and paramedics were there in less than an hour. This is merely one example.

Keeps Us Updated

Keeps Us Updated

If there's an emergency like an extreme storm warning, social media is the place to learn about it. So too is it the place to learn about who Taylor Swift may or may not have hooked up with.



Helping Out

Helping Out

There's plenty of sites that are devoted to helping fund charities and causes, and other social media platforms help spread the word.

Consumer Reviews

Consumer Reviews

Consumer reviews shared on social media are really handy. Also, they tend to encourage a high standard. Win-win.



Getting Off The Gorund

Getting Off The Gorund

It's not only charities that you can donate to on social media. If you think a business has a great idea for a potential product, you can find out about it online and help them along.

Market Research

Market Research

But it's not just helpful for small business. Larger businesses are afforded the chance to gain fantastic market research insight.



Vetting

Vetting

You can find out a bit about a person before you decide to meet them. This isn't just for internet dating. Say you're going in for a job interview, you might be able to learn a bit about the interviewer which could give you an edge.

Gives Artists A Chance

Gives Artists A Chance

Sure, there'll be people who might say that if they could, they'd go back and prevent this from happening. But the fact is that YouTube is now a legit way to get your name out there (and be "found") as a musical artist.



Band And Audience

Band And Audience

Likewise, it gives bands a potentially better way to connect with their audience.

Company and Consumer

Company and Consumer

We've touched on these as separate points...

Social media really does give to both the consumer and the company doing the selling. While a company has a way to connect with a market more directly and effectively, the consumer has access to (not only the reviews we've mentioned, but also) coupons, special offers, surveys, etc.



New Introductions

New Introductions

Social media introduces us to new things. We pick up fulfilling hobbies and things we care about that we simply wouldn't have been aware of without it.

Access To Education

Access To Education

Social media allows people studying in all corners of the globe to join the same study group.



Win Prizes

Win Prizes

You might not win a new iPhone (you're going to want to be careful of some of those emails) but companies do have giveaways on their social media pages. Who doesn't like free stuff?!

Dating

Dating

Yeah, we know that Tinder and the like don't always work. In fact, they have probably been hijacked now by people who just want to check out who's on there and say weird shit to each other. But if you use them correctly, social media sites are able to help you with luck in love. Even if it's just stalking a profile to find out if they go to church or not (for some people, this is non-negotiable either way. It's merely an example).



Casual Gaming

Casual Gaming

You don't have time to get right in to gaming so you just play casually through social media...and that's totally cool.

Mind Exercise

Mind Exercise

The naysayers will tell you that it's too much of a distraction but on the flip side of that coin, you're continuously thinking and reading and learning (assuming you are diligent enough to read the right stuff, of course).



Go Get Your Goals

Go Get Your Goals

If nothing else, (assuming you use it the right way) social media provides you with all the access you'll need to getting the support you need to achieve your goals ...and that sure isn't a bad thing!