|Adel de Meyer|
Guest Commentary: Adel de Meyer: Social Media Personal Attacks - Is this Productive?
I came to know Adel de Meyer through social media over a year ago via Twitter. To say I was immediately impressed is an understatement. She has an enigmatic persona that comes across quite rapidly. My background, dual major in Psychology and Communications, and then moving into a career in sales, marketing and social media, Adel’s natural ability was obvious to me!
As our relationship grew, I began to learn about her background. You can read in depth about Adel on her website. My purpose is simply to give you a short platform to preface her comments below. She recently wrote a brief commentary that is much needed in these days of self-branding and promoting good-will to each other and positive messaging. No matter how we deliver our message, there are always those that will misconstrue it. Perception is many folks reality; however, objectivity is needed also to truly understand messaging. I believe Adel has mastered the art of understanding both her clients and her audience quite well in conveying both, who they are and what they have to say. Likewise, when it comes to herself, she also is awesome at projecting both.
Adel now calls Brisbane, Australia home, having been born in South Africa.
So for the woman born on Christmas day, in her own words,
changes are called for:
I like to take selfies, I like silly jokes, I have a weird sense of humor and yes sorry that I have long blonde hair and full lips and you might not -
I'm not going to go through my life feeling guilty or hating myself because it might offend someone else that doesn't have it or can't make a beautiful photo. You might have other features or abilities that I don't have and would love to. I have many other things that I hate about myself, like my bad skin and being overweight o and my big nose but I don't go around putting girls that look much better and prettier than me down and get jealous if they post a sexy selfie - I say Good for You Girl, Rock it!
Today I want to say, stop judging and being nasty to others - you never know how they might feel about themselves or their lives. Let others express themselves anyway they please, and if you don't like their silly selfies or jokes or breakfast photos - you know what hide or remove them and move on. You really gain nothing by putting others down - Words cut deeper than knives. A knife can be pulled out, words are embedded into our souls!!!
Too many people are 'Keyboard Warriors' behind this powerful tool called 'Social Media'
I did request her permission to share these comments as I think it is something we should all contemplate before judging. Here are a few additional remarks she made to those in her inner circle that responded to her post:
There are some that are pretty, some that are clever, some that are rich and some that have it all. Everyone should just allow everyone their little piece of sunshine in this world and stop being jealous. Yes, jealousy in moderation is a good thing but keep it to yourself. Don't go and put others down or always spit out your comments online and criticize everything others do.
I wish for many things that others have that I see online but I don't go and gossip or put up status updates 'talking indirectly' to those and say how terrible their photos,selfies,tweets,lives or families are.
Social media can sometimes be a nasty dirty place. I've seen it more and more this year.
I find it fascinating this is written by someone so young, so gorgeous and yet so insightful and not in a context of a defensive posture. This is also a well-versed woman with a background in modeling, PR, media spotlight, and knowledge about the use of social media and its positive and negative impacts.
Her words should and do have impact. Many look and come to her for advice and guidance, personally and professionally, which is why I felt this blog was important to post. I am proud of her as a woman, friend and proven professional.
Please take the time to review and share her comments. When you buy a product, you buy it based on many factors. Selfies reflect more than just a look, just like a cover of a book, it is a cover, a reflection but not the entire piece of work.