We all need an advocate, a teacher, to learn a new tool.
A few years ago I was considering joining Facebook. I went with caution. For weeks I surveyed many people about Facebook. I asked people of every age and background. I posed my questions to everyone who might use the tool. I found my advocates.
The Facebook advocates told me what they liked and found useful about the platform. My advocates answered my questions. When I expressed concerns over posting rock band photos to family, I learned about creating groups for controlling my photo albums. When I asked about security, I learned about locking my profile down. I learned the lingo, the good and the bad of the tool from my advocates.
Later I found my advocates for Twitter tied to a job opportunity. In the past month I have studied it, learned it and now tweet daily. I am now a Twitter advocate.
Today I am here starting my first blog. My blogging advocates told me where to go and about the value of blogging as a professional writer. So here I go.
To those afraid of any form of social media, I would suggest beginning by finding advocates. Ask around using friends, coworkers and family who use social media as a starting point. People love to be asked for their opinion.
To some of you reading this blog, you might be a social media advocate. I would suggest you look around in your family or friend set. Is there someone afraid of social media? Please take a few minutes to show them what you find fun or useful on your favorite social media platforms. You might just change their world and help bridge the social media gap.