Social media is a big deal because not only does it connect others from around the world, it completely allows strangers to keep up with people they may have not even met. In social media, being able to follow someone’s lifestyle and keep up with it is common. Although this sounds good, there’s also a reciprocal side to social media that causes many problems. For one, high profile people such as Allen Iverson, Michael Vick, Derek Jeter, Denzel Washington, Vin Diesel, and even high major college athletes are in danger to ruin their reputation. Anything negative or positive that Russ Smith of University of Louisville may do becomes a target for social media to grab and millions of people will know what he did in a matter of seconds via Twitter or Instagram. Coaches aren’t strangers to social media attacks as well. Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ controversial act of stepping on the field was replayed numerous of times to the point that a verdict was reached and he had to be fined. Video replays and uploading creates a new dimension of social media that can help an individual’s reputation or completely ruin a person’s image.
Social media has changed the way people behave themselves at public events and festivities because there’s always a camera or someone taking a picture. Social Media makes people more cautious of how they treat others as well. For example, suppose a well know face or business does something disrespectful to someone? When that happens, the person who has been disrespected will then send out a tweet and within a few seconds, hundreds and soon thousands will see what that person may have done. Conversely, doing something positive or good can help you gain notoriety by people spreading good news all because of Social Media.