In the world of coronavirus and lockdowns, we all have plenty of time on our hands. There are many of us who have taken advantage of this time to try and find out what is going on in the world today. How can the world be brought to a standstill by something that just came out of nowhere? Where did it come from? What does it mean for the future of our society? What did our superiors know about this and what are they doing to address it? The questions that come to the surface in times like these are a result of humans’ inquisitive nature and should be addressed. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people asking the same questions and we are all competing for airtime and the attention of those who might have the answers. It then falls on us to be proactive. We need to search for the story, find the players, and report on it ourselves. With all this extra time on our hands and the unparalleled interconnectivity afforded us by the Internet, searching for this information, contacting the people who have it, and putting it together is not the challenge it once was.
The role of social media
How to use social media for finding your answers
One key aspect of social media is its ability to connect people from all over the world. No physical distance is insurmountable. In normal times, this is important but in extraordinary times like those that we are currently experiencing, this importance increases drastically. If you are considering talking to people who may be based in different parts of the world, social media allows this to easily take place. In addition to this, social media allows you to contact a wide range of people across the globe with amazing ease. Because of this, you can get in touch with people who may have the information you are looking for and this correspondence can be done using the social network of your choice. Social media also provides a more informal setting, resulting in a more relaxed response when replying to questions.
How to get the information you are searching for
This will be the most difficult part but that is not to say it is impossible. What ought to be remembered is that there are a lot of people out there talking about this current situation. It is taking up the vast majority of content across all the different forms of media. Therefore, you should have no problem finding content. The difficult part is finding the content you are looking for. To get started, it is recommended that you search various social networks using the #coronavirus or #covid19 hashtags. By doing so, you will be presented with a list of the content that addresses this topic in one way or another. To give you an idea of what is out there, these two hashtags have been used in a substantial amount of posts. On Instagram alone, #covid19 has been used almost fourteen million times while #coronavirus has been used more than eighteen million times. There are also other hashtags which derive from these and are also used to highlight content regarding the pandemic. Of course, just being informed of these posts is not enough. You then have to search through this content to find information that is truly relevant to what you are looking for. This requires time (which we all have plenty of) and patience.
Getting an audience is also important
Once you have your story and you are ready to put it out there, you need to have an audience that is ready to listen to it and that will respond to it. This response is called interaction and it is the fuel that powers social media popularity. The more interaction you get, the more visible your profile becomes, and the easier it is to attract even more people and become even more popular. Getting this right involves getting a steady stream of views, likes, comments, and followers. As we mentioned above, paying for these features is a useful approach as it is the only way to guarantee you will get them. You should add as many likes as you want as this will raise the profile of the content in question. Comments, however, require a different approach; you should add one comment per post as they tend to generate more interaction on their own. Followers should be added sparingly and at regular intervals. This is because they lead to a greater increase in interaction and adding too much at once will look suspicious and will also be difficult to handle.
Sharing information in the digital age
Getting your story across has never been easier as the rise of social media has removed the obstacles that were once placed in our way. This pandemic is proving to be another obstacle but, once again, social media can come to the rescue and offer our a story a path to freedom.