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Facebook is not your job, really

There are three things a typical Nairobi youth cannot live without — and mean, cannot. A phone, Twitter and Facebook.

At dawn, as the birds tweet and sing, we are tweeting as well, on how we hate Mondays.

When we arrive in the office, we open Twitter and Facebook, then read our e-mail, read the paper and begin to work. Or go back to Twitter and Facebook.

When we get home, we kick off our heels and change, and then we log on to Twitter and Facebook as we fix a cup of coffee … you get the drift?

Like and follow

I hope you understand what I am trying to post in this article, regardless of your status or profile in this society.

I believe it will tag your heart and you will like what you are reading.

As we chat and share direct messages, I pray you may hash (tag) and listen to what I am trying to put across here.

I may not use 140 characters, or send a message to your phone inbox, as this will take a full page. So please be my friend and try to follow what I am saying via this article, even though the writing is already on the wall.

How Twitter and Facebook has changed our vocabulary, and our lives! Social media is a great thing. It has made life much easier.

These days, you need not watch news to know what is happening around you. All you need is just go through your timelines.

But we are also in the era of misusing social media. Young people are spending too much time on it that it has become a career.

The thing with youth is that it comes only once. Once it’s gone, that’s it. It is pitiful that many spend their youth chatting, uploading pictures and staring at other people’s photos rather than doing something constructive.

I know I sound like a teacher, but the thing is, Twitter and Facebook are just social networking sites. Don’t fool yourself that you are utilising your time well by being on Facebook all day.

Being a `big-wig’ on twitter is not something you can add to your CV. And the many posts on Facebook do not add coins to your already slim bank account.

Some years from now, your wealth will not be calculated by the number of likes you got in your updates or how many retweets you racked up, but by how hard you worked when you were in your 20s.

Get a life 

As you continue to mind other people’s business (and hate on other people online), your peers are busy minding their own business — and businesses.

As you follow celebs on Twitter and retweet their tweets, your peers are busy following their dreams and restrategising their plans to get there.

As you exchange direct messages and inboxes on Twitter and Facebook, your peers are exchanging ideas with CEOs and bringing them to fruition.

I don’t care how much you Tweet or post stuff on Facebook. Really, it is none of my business. But it should be your business how you allow it to affect your life and career.