I really resonated with the first point in this article. Take a look:


“But there’s so much noise on social media!” That’s the complaint I hear when people try to justify going on a digital detox. It’s true there’s a terrifying amount of drivel and dross online that makes you fear for the future of humanity. But that’s true offline too. It’s up to each of us to adjust who and what we’re following and filter appropriately.

If you’re following the right people and conversations—and “right” differs for each of us—you’ll find that social media is a nearly bottomless well of ideas. An eye-catching bit of news can provoke a question on your part that leads to an idea for a pitch.

Take, for example, my story about the phenomenon of muerto para’o—or dead-man-walking funerals—in Puerto Rico, which was published by AP affiliate Latin Correspondent. I came across the story of these odd funeral tableaus via Twitter, and after some quick Googling, I realized the story had been covered widely, but a particular aspect of the phenomenon—its historical antecedents— had been overlooked. That became my angle and gave me a way to give greater depth to a story that already had Internet steam.

When using social media to keep an eye on topics and people of interest to you, always ask yourself the question: “What’s the story not being told?” Then, figure out how you can tell it.

Read the whole thing at The Freelancer, by Contently.