Let’s Get Social

Mar 1, 2024 | Featured, Start Here, Updates

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My History With Social Media

As you may, or may not, know, I’m a bit of a web junkie. Being a millennial and growing up with social media, it ultimately became an integral part of my everyday life. Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of my time in several online communities, and building my personal and professional profiles.

After spending so much time on social media, I pretty much have a profile on damn near every site you can think of. With my obsession to dominate the Internet market for my name, you can pretty much find me on any site as @desimslaughter. Depending on the site, I may be using it regularly, or I may have only used it for about 30 minutes and there’s not much to see.

The biggest problem became that I’d barely been using them because of digital overload. I really hit a wall with a huge lack of inspiration and motivation that lead me to take a very long sabbatical from posting any meaningful or original content at all. Having been stuck on that page for far too long, with the launch of this blog, I’ve decided to be more intentional about how I use my platforms

After all, I can only build my empire by creating content and sharing my knowledge. It is the foundation of building my reputation and influence as a thought leader in my field.

One of the biggest decisions that I have made for my social accounts was to immediately hop off of the follow-for-follow train to clean up my feeds. Over the years of social habits changing, I have accumulated quite a list of people that I am following — some for no reason at all, and some I have outgrown. This means that, naturally, I will be unfollowing and removing quite a few people from my following and follower lists across accounts to be more thoughtful about who I connect with.

Based on that, I’ll only be adding people and accounts within my “sphere of influence.” For example, since I am a creative professional, solopreneur, and digital creator that live in Michigan while working in branding and marketing, I am more likely to connect with other creators, solopreneurs, and professionals within my field and located in the midwest. With that being said, don’t take it personally if you happen to be one of those people removed, your posting habits may not line up with what I’d like to see in my feed daily.

How I Plan To Use My Social Accounts

In my return to the digital world, my goals include building my reputation and thought leadership by giving value through my posts on social media. To do this, I plan on posting more content and interacting more with people online.

The game of social media is a give-and-take relationship.

As I reflect on how to reach those goals, the way I use my social media accounts is going to change to be more intentional so that I’m not spreading myself too thin.

Although, as I previously mentioned, I do have a profile on pretty much every social media platform out there, in reality, I can be present in all of those places. Knowing that I plan on focusing my efforts on a small group of platforms that I think will be most relevant and beneficial.

Read on to find out about the platforms I plan to use most while online.

Most Used Social Accounts

Below is a list of the platforms on which I’ll likely be spending most of my time online.

Facebook Page:

Pages are places on Facebook where artists, public figures, businesses, brands, organizations, and nonprofits can connect with their fans or customers. Facebook is owned by Meta.

This is where you will see me spend most of my time on Facebook. I will be posting more promotional self-updates and other endeavors.

Here, you can expect to see posts about things I am doing, loving, and thinking about, as well as edutainment-based content relating to personal branding, technology, and lifestyle.

If you haven’t liked my page Desi M. Slaughter yet, please do!


A LinkedIn profile is a page that describes your career history and education, and includes other information that you would like to share with employers, recruiters, and other professional connections.

Over the years, how I use LinkedIn has changed in many ways. I can remember feeling nervous and being really anal about what I was going to put on my profile when I first created it. My profile has always been set up to highlight my professional and academic experience. Whenever I was in the thick of job searching, I made sure to update my profile so that people could find me and quickly get a sense of who I am and what I offer.

Now, after learning more that LinkedIn is far beyond just being a professional networking site. Although I do still use LinkedIn for networking (of course), it has pretty much become a collection of people who I’d like to keep tabs on and know about in my professional life. I am part of the group of people with the opinion that it’s best to network and add people on LinkedIn when you are genuinely connecting and don’t need anything from them.

Beyond networking, I use it to build awareness for my personal brand, find a job when needed, read interesting content, research, and learn soft skills. My biggest goal with LinkedIn is to interact with top people in my industry, stay in touch with people I’ve connected with, and understand people’s thought processes through their content.

Networking properly is work. Otherwise it would be called Netplaying. LinkedIn can assist greatly.

Steve Bernstein, “How I use Linkedin – Offensively and Defensively”

Instagram & Threads:

Instagram is an photo and video sharing social networking service owned by Meta Platforms. It allows users to upload media that can be edited with filters, be organized by hashtags, and be associated with a location via geographical tagging.

Ahh, the golden child! My Instagram account serves as an extension of my personal brand and blog. I’ve had my Instagram profile set up as a Creator account for quite some time, but I haven’t been using it as much as I should. My profile has had many focuses over the years, but the ultimate goal has always been to grow my personal brand and online presence.

As I move forward, I plan to use my profile as a “microblog” for sharing everyday things that don’t warrant an entire blog post. In most cases, I will share a mix of photos and graphics dealing with branding, technology, food, and everyday life. Regular posting will mostly take place in my stories. When it comes to my feed, visually, I want the content that I post to look cohesive with my overall brand, so I plan to put some real effort into the layout.

Whenever I scroll through my social feeds, it’s not always the pictures that catch my attention, but what is said in the captions and comments. My captions often serve as a context and a starting point for discussion in the comments when I post. Sometimes, this means I will have longer captions than some, but it is usually something pretty quick to read. Additionally, I make it a habit to interact with other people’s posts by commenting and interacting rather than just scrolling through them. Even though interaction on Instagram is among the easiest ways to get your profile seen, I also enjoy creating discussions in the comments. I’ve been doing so more recently since I want my posts to receive the same kind of interaction.

Threads is an online social media and social networking service operated by Meta Platforms. The app offers users the ability to post and share text, images, and videos, as well as interact with other users’ posts through replies, reposts, and likes.

Threads is Meta’s newest addition to Instagram, meant to be a rival network for Twitter. I’ve only just started my Threads profile, so there isn’t much there, yet. I plan to share content that I’m sharing to Twitter to test out the platform and see how it goes.


Pinterest is an American image-sharing and social media service designed to enable the saving and discovery of information like recipes, home, style, motivation, and inspiration on the internet using images and, on a smaller scale, animated GIFs and videos, in the form of pinboards.

Many people inaccurately consider Pinterest to be “just another social media network”. Those of us who work in marketing and related fields know that Pinterest is a search engine — a baby Google is what I like to call it.

Pinterest is the first place that I go to look for inspiration when I’m in need personally or professionally. Since I’ve only just started my Pinterest profile, there isn’t much there right now, but there will be! On my profile, you’ll be able to find several re-pinned and original posts across my pillar categories, Eat Good, Nerd Out, Create More, and Lifestyle.

X (formerly Twitter):

X (formerly Twitter) is a microblogging, online news, and social networking site where people communicate in short messages. As of now, X is essentially the same app as Twitter, just with a new name and logo.

My X Profile is going to be a space for me to chat and network. Here you will find that I will post short-form updates on things that I know and like, my blog, my life, movies or shows I’m watching, current events, and other trending topics. 

I may also share accomplishments and things that I am currently doing or working on, as well as have the occasional rant or two about randomness.

Other Social Accounts:

Facebook Profile:

A profile is a place on Facebook where you can share information about yourself, such as your interests, photos, videos, current city, and hometown.

My Facebook Profile is a personal space for me to communicate with family, friends, and close associates whom I have connected with throughout life.

I typically use my profile to share memories, experiences, and life, just the way it happens for me.

If you are unfriended or declined, please don’t take it personally; this is more of a closed space.


TikTok is a short-form video hosting service owned by ByteDance. It hosts user-submitted videos, that range from 3 seconds to 10 minutes.

I haven’t done much with my TikTok profile yet, and I’m not 100% sure of how deep I want to dive into the platform.

For now, it feels like TikTok may be more of an app that I browse and casually post on for personal and leisure entertainment. I haven’t decided how to use it for my brand.


YouTube is a video-sharing service owned by Google where users create profiles, upload videos, watch, like, and comment on other videos.

I haven’t done much on YouTube yet, but soon I’ll start creating and releasing video content on my channel “Desi M. Slaughter”.

I plan to share lifestyle, foodie, nerdy, creative, and sometimes commentary content. Subscribe to my channel and stay tuned for more!


Medium is an open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.

On Medium, I mostly share articles and journals I have written and posted on my portfolio, business, and personal websites.

I share articles that align with the topics for my publication, “Brand. Tech. Life.”. I also share experience-based journal posts from my portfolio on my profile.


Clubhouse is an invite-only, live audio app that allows users to join or create “Rooms” where they can actively participate in live discussions.

I got on Clubhouse when it was an invite-only app. When I first got on it, I was obsessed. Eventually, it became too noisy for me.

I’m not sure how I’ll be using Clubhouse going forward, but I do have a profile, and I pop in on it from time to time. If you want to be friends on Clubhouse, let’s connect!


Tumblr is a microblogging website owned by Automattic. Users can share and create multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

I haven’t done much on Tumblr since before it was owned by Automattic. After sitting for some time, I tried to revive it.

At one point, I decided to use my Tumblr for my coding blog, and haven’t updated it since. I’m not sure what I plan to do with it yet, but it still lives on.


Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they’re viewed.

I haven’t done much on Snapchat since I was in college. Although I have a profile, this is one that I don’t plan on putting much effort into.

My Snapchat profile is still there, because I want to learn how to use it for marketing. I won’t be posting much on it, but my profile will still exist on the platform.


Twitch is an interactive livestreaming service for video-based content spanning gaming, entertainment, sports, music, and more.

Over the years, I have dabbled in gaming on different platforms. Since I have never shared it online, I want to start sharing on Twitch.

My Twitch channel is new and doesn’t have content, yet. Here, you can expect to see me streaming while playing games like The Sims, mobile games, and more.


Lemon8 is a video and photo-sharing social media app. Designed to be a lifestyle app, Lemon8 is like a mixture of Instagram and Pinterest.

Lemon8 is the newest social network to the party. Since I already love Instagram and Pinterest, it’s only right that I join, so I created a profile there too!

I haven’t figured out how and what I want to start posting on my Lemon8 profile, but I do open the app frequently. As I browse and follow others, I plan to use it too!

Final Thoughts

There are many other platforms that I haven’t even mentioned yet, but the platforms listed above are the most important to highlight. And those are just my personal accounts! I also have separate social media profiles for my other brands and blogs. (Learn more about my other ventures here.) Besides my own profiles, I also participate in several online communities such as Facebook Groups and weekly Twitter Chats.

If you are interested in food, creativity, freelancing, Apple products, WordPress, tech, #BlackGirlMagic, what’s new in my life, or just like to be social find me online and feel free to connect with me on any (or all) of your favorite social media sites. I‘ll be sharing my experiences, tips, and resources that you may find helpful, and quotes to encourage, among other things and I would love to hear from you.

This message is for all you foodies, millennials, creatives, college students, and nerds alike, let’s be social!


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