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A Picture Says a Thousand Words

By Barry Ricks

The Dilemma…

Have you ever had someone tell you a story where they tried to describe something in detail but couldn’t really paint the picture for you, and eventually they say “You just had to have been there.” But here’s the thing, I WASN’T THERE! Now you got me all riled
Frustrationup to hear this cool story about something you saw and then you leave me in the dust unsatisfied because you can’t describe it to me. “Good Greif” as Charlie Brown would say.

Does this sound familiar? I bet you can think of a time right now in your head when this situation has happened to you. So what can we do to make sure our friends, family and followers don’t have to have this awkward situation?

Take Pictures!

What? It can be that simple can it? Well the fact of the matter is, it is that simple. It has been shown and proven that more people click on a post or tweet that has a picture attached to it than one that doesn’t. Why? Because they want to see the story you are trying to tell, not just be told the story.

With Facebook you should always try you’re hardest to include a picture in your posts. How many times have you scrolled through your wall and glanced over text just to stop and look at a picture instead? Everyone does it. Pictures take a lot more wall space then text does, so it grabs people’s attention and then they are more likely to click on that post. What if you don’t have a picture you have taken recently or have a picture that relates to your content? The thing is, most any picture can relate to anything if you put the right words to it. You can put a comedic or dramatic twist on it that makes people laugh or think about what is being said.

What Was That?

There is something we all had when we were five years old and had no problem using, but now as adults few use it at all. It’s called i…maaaaa…gin…ation *big arm movements with spirit fingers* That’s all you need to use! Dig deep down and try to find it; it’s still there and you can have fun using it again.
Screen-shot-2013-05-10-at-4.02.21-PMAlbert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” He was a pretty smart guy and to say that imagination was more important than knowledge is saying a lot.

On Twitter you can have a link to your photo and should have one. As said before, more people click on a tweet that has a picture attached to it than one that doesn’t. With Twitter you are limited to the amount of text you can use. But that means you have the opportunity to be even more creative using your i…maaaaa…gin…ation. Have an ironic, catchy or snarky comment that grabs the attention of your followers and anyone else and include a hash tag in your tweet, but that’s a different story.

Name That App!

There a few sites or apps that are great for taking pictures and then posting them straight to Twitter and Facebook. You’re all thinking it and you would be right. Instagram is becoming huge among the social media world and if you and your company are not involved with it, you may want to rethink that. Instagram allows taking pictures and posting them on your profile, with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and others. It is a great utilizing tool to spread the love of your pictures and stories to all your social sites and friends.

So go forth use your i…maaaaa…gin…ation and get connected on Instagram so that you may use this tool to share your stories through pictures rather than just text, so that you won’t have to say to your friends, family, and followers. “You had to have been there.”

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About the Author: Barry Ricks works for @netmark, doing social things for them. Barry loves being involved in the social media universe and tries to be involved as much as possible, striving to learn more and more. Barry is a Geek at heart and enjoys being a part of that universe as well. If you’re interested in what Barry has to say on many other things or you want to say hi, go follow him on Twitter @Bricks2312 and also on Google+


Photo Credits:

Photo One: “Indian Boy Rubbing Forehead” by Arvind Balaraman from

Photo Two: “Albert Einstein” from