10 Things You Need To Know About Social Networking

 © 2010 Vinny Ribas

  1. Anything bad that you say or do online can and will be held against you. Be very careful what you say, who you knock etc. It may be legal, but it could come back to bite you when you’re applying for a job, trying to get a gig (you may have put down a club owner’s favorite band) or anywhere else where someone has a reason to check up on you. Remember that it is virtually impossible to erase or take back anything that goes online, especially if even one person copied it.[private_member]
  2. Social network postings can spread worldwide within 24 hours. That good be great if we’re talking about your music. It could be devastating if it something that is embarrassing or puts you in a bad light.
  3.  TV talk shows and radio hosts search the internet for things to make fun of. You may not want to be their target for the day.
  4. Almost everyone has a camera in his or her phone. If you’re wearing something or doing something that is of sudden interest, you just might end up the rage or the laughing stock on You Tube!
  5. There is a good chance that other people have the same name as you do. As a performer, you want to be sure that people can find you easily, so make it easy for them. If you’re a new act and you have a common name, you may want to change your name to something unique, or at least adopt a nickname.
  6. Watch to see if anyone is spreading rumors or talking down about someone with the same name as yours. Your fans might think they are talking about you. It’s another reason to pick a unique name. It’s good to start a Google alert with your name and the titles of your songs (if they are unique). These alerts will notify you any time the name or title you entered shows up somewhere on the Internet.
  7. Blogs get quoted, and often out of context. Be careful what you write and how you write it. Don’t say anything that is open to a wrong or hurtful interpretation.
  8. Your pictures, no matter how hidden they are, can somehow find their way to the surface. Be sure that you don’t put any pictures online that might someday come back to hurt you.
  9. Qualify any business contacts that you make online. Get references. Ask for referrals to find reputable contacts. Remember that anyone can say anything or claim to be anyone they desire online.
  10. Never give out personal information online. You never know who is watching or monitoring what you write, even though you.

About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.