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The Purpose of Being on beBee

The Purpose of Being on beBee

 

There have been many great posts and discussions on beBee lately dealing with the topic of purpose in life. Although not directly related, this topic brought me to something I often think about - why I am on social media. What is the purpose of spending my precious time being "social" on social media? Why do I sometimes feel like being sucked into the virtual world, almost against my will? 

These questions make me think about the role of social media in my life. Though I often remind myself not to take social media too seriously, I also think that my social media presence should have some purpose. For me, being "social" is not about sharing photos of my family and me. Or write about everything that happens in my life. I don’t see the purpose and feel no need to expose my private life, but I take my hat off to those who are brave enough to share their heartbreaking stories.

People often say they use social media for learning. I would rather say I love being exposed to ideas and thoughts that make me think of them in a way I haven’t thought of before. 
 

This is what I found on beBee, the opportunity to enlarge my understanding. 

This platform reminds me of an ancient Greek amphitheatre, the venue for orations where the orators spread their ideas, encourage conversation and engage the curious audience with these ideas. Many of them received a standing ovation. They inspire us and make us willing to not only be silent observers but to share our thoughts and ask questions. Because of that, beBee is the right platform for me.  

I am more a consumer of social media than an active participant in terms of writing. It is the reason why I am not posting constantly and do not compel myself to write just for the sake of writing, although writing and sharing my thoughts with the beBee community brings me great satisfaction. 

I am still in search of my voice and my style of communicating with others, but I discovered my purpose on social media.

For me, the purpose-driven social media presence is about sharing thoughts and ideas. But it is also about the community with whom we can discuss our thoughts and ideas.

There are several forms of “messages” through which I can express my thoughts. The Producer post is just one of them. Through the short-form contents and shares, I also try to convey a specific thought or idea in fewer words. 
 

For me, it is all about the substance of a message, not the form. A few words sometimes say a lot about the messenger too.

No matter the form of the message that conveys our thoughts, it is also important to create the opportunity to debate and discuss, spread different views and opinions, enlarge our understanding - acquire more knowledge and make such relationships that would serve us both personally and professionally. 

This is how I see the purpose of being on social media.

I’ll continue to spend my time on social media, particularly on beBee, and enjoy the positive aspects of doing it with purpose.

How about you? What is your purpose of being on beBee?

 

Image Credit: Tim Robberts/Digital Vision/Getty Images

 

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Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 year ago #71

testing

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

1 year ago #70

Testing

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

1 year ago #69

#78
I agree. Despite all "glitches" and unfulfilled promises to improve the platform, beBee is still my first choice. 😊

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

1 year ago #68

#79
You're right, Franci. Interests change, I'm the first to confirm that. :) I never take social media too seriously, but beBee is unique because of the people and the everybody-knows-your-name atmosphere. So long as it is, beBee will be my first choice. And so it goes. :-)

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#75
#76 #77 #78 People will always come and go on social media. I feel it is not necessarily because of the platform but rather the nature of the beast. I noticed the same trends in WordPress observing those who post every day or every other day and them "poof", they're gone. Sure, beBee has changed but what hasn't. Lives change and interests change, which reflects our use of social media. I still feel beBee is the best and most interesting as a social platform. And as Jerry Fletcher would say - and so it goes.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

1 year ago #66

#77
At least, bebee is far better, interesting and social than other platforms.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

1 year ago #65

#73
Thank you, Ali, for commenting and sharing. I must say that I also became far less active lately. Partly because I'm too busy and have almost no free time, but partly because beBee is not what it was two years ago. I don't have time to elaborate on my statement, but I think you know what I'm trying to say. About the number of views, I also see lately many buzzes with more than 20K views which I found very odd, especially on buzzes with zero comments and a very few likes. Maybe I'm wrong, but it almost seems as if the numbers artificially increased by some algorithm.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#75
That you reached the point of profitability is a great news Javier \ud83d\udc1d CR. Congratulations. I must say that many times when I Google for a term I find my name appearing on the first page referencing a post that I wrote on BeBee. This means you are scoring success on Google, which is again comforting. I wish that we find out the reasons why some good bees departed this platform. Maybe we need to reach them and find why.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 year ago #63

The good news is that, although beBee is now more focused on job search and giving visibility to profiles on Google, we have already reached our maturity and point of profitability and viability of the project. Most projects die before the first 3 years of life, and beBee has achieved this first goal, always so difficult. Hugs to all of you who are still writing here and Merry Christmas to all of you. I wish you much health and success for 2020.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 year ago #62

re-Sharing the post again.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#72
It is timely that you republish this post Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic. You mentioned that the community of beBee is far less engaging. Unfortunately, this is true. The other day I reviewed some of my old posts because I needed to refer to one of them and I felt rather disturbed. SO many old commenters aren't on beBee anymore. They disappeared for long times. I counted more than fifteen names. To give you one example my recent posts titled Creativity Sweet Zone has so far (because the number is still increasing at an average rate of 500 views per day) 22.6K views. But the number of comments is only 35. This is far less than other posts with much less number of views, but with more comments. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/creativity-sweet-zone Yes, social media has a purpose- to exchange thoughts and poverty of such exchanges deprives social media of a prime purpose. Sharing the post again.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

1 year ago #60

After more than two years after I wrote this post, I still find it relevant, although there are less and less "orators" and the community is far less engaging. 😊

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #59

#68
Yes, Ken, engineers can do anything. And I really mean it. Your comment makes me so proud of myself because it seems I succeeded in my plan to strengthen my English by starting blogging. Thank you for encouraging me from the start.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #58

What to say other than - Thank You.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #57

#67
I also see myself as an explorer of the vastness of social media. It took some time till I found the meaning and purpose of being social on social media.

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #56

I loved reading this post, Lada, not just because of the logical content and because you have opened the door on Lada Prkic a little more, but because your style and grammar now shame many who have English as their first language. I'm glad you are still searching for your own “voice” and “style” and hope you continue to experiment “outside the box”. Engineers can do anything. 🤗

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

3 years ago #55

After a year I'm still exploring. That does not mean that I have not found interesting paths. With modesty since I do not consider myself an expert if I believe that I contribute positive things, probably because of my desire to be surprised. Thank you Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic for making me think

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

To act with purpose is a way of learning and advancing with joy. What is your purpose on being on social media and beBee in particular? Share your purpose as Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic does in this great reading buzz.9

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #53

#63
Ian, thank you for the kind words. I'm so pleased if beBee community perceives me as being wise and authentic. It's me in real life, too. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #52

#62
My thoughts also. Franci, thank you for stirring the beBee jar of honey and pulling out this post.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

3 years ago #51

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic Yours is a wise and authentic presence here on beBee. The inspiration and value contribution from that perspective alone is highly purposeful.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Purpose-driven just makes sense, whether it is personal or professional.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #49

#60
Thank you, Debesh Choudhury, for reading and commenting. I'm glad we are connected on several platforms. Look forward to purposeful engagement.:-)

Debesh Choudhury

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #48

"purpose driven online presence" is the key .. Thanks Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic, I got a clear reason why we should be on the social media

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #47

Thanks for sharing Rebecca Matias. Much appreciated.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #46

Thanks to all of you who have shared this post. Because of a notification glitch, I can't see all names. 🙂

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #45

#49
Aaron Skogen Answer: Edit your profile and add Bee emoji as per steps in graphic 😊 Follow link to view: https://www.bebee.com/content/1497654/1327818

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #44

#50
Yes, it qualifies as a purpose, Aaron. :-) To meet people, enjoy engaging and build meaningful relationships.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #43

#46
Joyce, your voice is powerful, distinctive and more than relevant. You are passionate about your beliefs and you put it into your posts. Just keep doing it!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #42

#50
These are also my reasons, Aaron Skogen. To meet people, enjoy discussing and build meaningful relationships. :-) Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm so glad you like it.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #41

#50
These are also my reasons, Aaron. To meet people, enjoy discussing and built meaningful relationships. :-) Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm so glad you like it.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #40

#48
Thank you, Virag. I like your reason for being on social media – to engage without physical limitations. Like you, I have also been exposed to ideas and thoughts I would never normally come across with. It's the magic of social media.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #39

#47
You perfectly described beBee community, Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier. This is an engaged community that is hungry for content with substance, no matter how provocative. I couldn't agree more. I'm glad that many members of our community found this content useful and worth engaging. Thank you. :-)

Virag🐝 G.

Virag🐝 G.

4 years ago #38

Great article Lada! My voice on socials is the same as my offline persona. So, for me, being on social media is just an extension of my physical limitations and it enables me to reach further, meet more people and being exposed to things I would never normally come across with. Go bees :-)

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

4 years ago #37

I share your views, Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic. I find that beBee's format presents an especially good opportunity for people to learn new things and expand their thinking on any subject. Strong writers and smart marketers have a golden opportunity here. Posting weak content or direct sales messages is a waste on any social media platform, but even more so on beBee because you have such an engaged community that is hungry for content with substance. My experience is that the most thought provoking messages and the most useful content will get the most engagement.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Social media gives me a voice and serves to stoke my passions. Nice Emojis, Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #35

#44
👍😊

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #34

#43
Great system, Lance! I wasn't sure about LI, blast and cycle emojis. It's an impressive number of articles on your curated list.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #33

#41
No problem. Using the emojis on my Samsung Note 5: 👥ed = shared 👥ing = sharing 🐝🐝 = beBee 🐤 = Twitter 🐳 = LinkedIn 🔥 = blast, via my designated Twitter Network of handles all at the same time. 🚲 = cycle, a growing curated list of beBee Producer articles and other articles related to beBee (currently about 362) rotated through my network randomly over a 2 to 3 week period. The next cycle will commence 20th May.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #32

#39
Gloria, thank you for commenting. You nicely summed up your reasons, "I love to share, help and collaborate."

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #31

#38
Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular, I need some help translating this Emoji Sign Language. 😀 Thank you for sharing this post on other platforms. Much appreciated!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #30

#37
Thanks Lyon. :-)

Gloria (Glo) Ochoa

Gloria (Glo) Ochoa

4 years ago #29

My purpose is to connect with people I may not have had the opportunity before and to bring value to that connection, whether professional and/or friend. I love to share, help and collaborate.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #28

👍👌 👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲

Lyon Brave

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #27

THIS IS GREAT

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #26

#35
I like your comment, dear An\u0111ela Bogdan. You've beautifully described what is the purpose of being on beBee, "We share to entertain, inspire and be useful." Thanks for the kind words about my post. :-) Keep buzzing, too!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #25

#32
Hi Timothy! The term “social media voice” is a bit vague, but I understand it as an expression of my online presence through writing and engaging with my community. It is articulated within all the contents. It represents my online identity (I don’t like to use the term personal brand). As I said, I’m still in search of my voice, but I know I’m on the right path.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #24

#29
Hi Julio! I wish I could fly. :-) I agree, everyone has their own reasons for using social media. This is how I see the purpose of being a part of the virtual world, or in your words, the purpose of being a cross-pollinator on beBee. :-)

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

4 years ago #23

Hi, Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic every Bee has its reasons and limits. The field is large and full of flowers, each pollinating in its own way. It is always a pleasure to meet us flying.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #22

#24
My dear neighbor, I am also proud to our friendship. People like you are the main reason to be on beBee. Thank you!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #21

#23
Beautifully said, Yogesh! I agree with every word. Thank you for commenting. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #20

#22
Thank you Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee for taking time to read and comment. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I see your comment, because I know how busy you are. It shows how much you appreciate our community. Thank you on behalf of all Bees! And thank you for the kind words about my buzz. :-) I'm looking forward to the new platform.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #19

#20
Thank you so much, Gert Scholtz. I never force myself to write and that's the reason I've posted only several buzzes on Producer. As a compensation, I write short posts and I really try to make them not trivial.

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #18

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic, I'm proud to call you my friend, dear neighbor. Great post and very true. Best, Milos

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #17

I really love beBee because I feel our community is the most sensitive, smart and we all know we need to learn and teach. I consider so many bees friends of mine ! I know I can have a coffee or a beer :) with anyone of my collegues-bees. I have now A LOT of homes worldwide. Thanks bees. I promise you will enjoy an amazing platform during the next weeks. A lot of improvements are planned and coming during this year. Thanks Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic for your super buzz.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #16

#12
Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich, your every comment is worth reading. To have an intention and purpose is essential for effective using social media. Without that we are losing control and social media became a distractor. In the beginning, I've invested a huge amount of time on the wrong things and people. I haven't set goals and spent time without knowing how to use social media to get the most out of it. I concur with your statement: "But it takes understanding ourselves, our goals,....." Thanks for commenting.

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #15

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic You never post anything trivial Lada, therefore I always read your posts. This one is excellent!

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #14

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic You never post anything trivial, therefore always read your posts. This one is excellent!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #13

#11
This is such a compliment for my writing, Chas \u270c\ufe0f Wyatt. And for my English, too! :-) Thank you so much. You pointed out two key things of my post. First, do things that matter and have a purpose, and the second is one of the most important reasons to be on social media, for me.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #12

#9
Thank you for your sweet comment, debasish majumder, and for the sharing, too. So glad to hear all the positive feedback on my post.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #11

#7
That is so nice of you to say, Sara Jacobovici. I'm honoured that you appreciate our interaction. I'm the one who learns from your posts. Thank you for sharing!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #10

#7
That is so nice of you to say, Sara Jacobovici. I'm honoured that you appreciate our interaction. I'm the one who learns from your posts. Thank you.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #9

#6
Thank you Phil for the kind words. Your comment is always more than welcome. We both agree that social media is a highway, not a destination. :-) Thanks for sharing the link to your post. I missed this one. Cheers to you too! Here is 5:30 PM

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #8

#5
The feeling is mutual, Paul Walters. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #7

#2
I am glad you like the topic, Simone. From your comment I see that we differ in our understanding of the term „social“. I don't have a "Facebook personality". For me, interacting with my followers means exchanging ideas and thoughts. We can find out more about a person based on that interaction than by sharing private pictures. Thanks for following me. I follow you as well. :-)

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #6

Listen to how Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic contributes her voice in describing her purpose of being on beBee.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #5

I hear your voice Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic and am learning from my exchanges with you. Thank you.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #4

Lada, this is a terrific post and a valuable reminder to consider the question of why one participates on social media. Like you, I believe that "Social Media Is a Highway, Not a Destination" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/social-media-is-a-highway-not-a-destination Cheers on a Sunday morning (my time). :-)

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #3

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic I for one love your posts

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #2

#1
I agree, Mohameed! I must confess that I’ve failed a bit in terms of active engagement. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #1

More power to beBee! Let our minds fly, hearts resonate with excitement and let's all engage actively on beBee..

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