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How to Use Social Media to Stay Connected As an Expat

Published on 23 January 18
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Keeping in touch with family and friends as an expatriate has been relatively easy with the advent of social media. Trust me; you will think social media were made for you when you start relishing these great platforms.

Expatriates do not only enjoy these social media by getting in touch with their friends and family back home, but they also use these platforms to stay connected with other fellow expats and of course, cross fertilize ideas while sharing experiences.

There are pockets of these social media out there free of charge, some of the social media platforms that expats can use freely are Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Instagram etc. Interestingly, today’s world is so amazing with the advent of social media; you can talk face-to-face, share your latest adventures, network online and do much stuff online.

1. Understanding Your New Expat Life Beforehand

Through a perfect home work on the new environment as an expert can really help you a lot. Social media helps you to keep up with news about your destination even before you leave, many local gossips and regional updates are out there to tap in to. You will need to know about the eateries, coffee shops, hotels, what people are saying about the atmospheric condition of the place, etc.

Some social media platform like Pinterest helps you to visualize and streamline your new home, all you need to do is to look for pins related to your new area and build your board around the way of life you want.

2. Establishing Your Online Profile and Network

You can as an expat, use these platforms to build up your online profile and it will of course, serve as a means of networking for business and job opportunities alike. You can use social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to reach out to your potential customers and business partners too.

You can easily search people out in your new location and of course form a social tribe instantly. Expat LinkedIn groups can help you to learn about others and also get in touch with other fellow expats out there. However, depending on where you are, some of your business partners’ website might not be accessible. This problem can be solved with a VPN ensuring you can unblock websites.

3. Finding a Community

Another good thing about social media is in its helping expats to settle into their new environment. You can easily make contact with other expats using these platforms and its a great way of interacting in a new social circle.

You can easily search for groups of choice with your Facebook account and hashtags using Twitter. If you are even thinking of where to stay or where you can have funs, then makes enquiries from those people commenting on these topics and from there, you can make as many friends as you want to. But make sure you are careful when searching for online groups to join because some site my carry host of threat. However, knowing ways to protect yourself can be you to add more security to your network.

4. Hitting The Ground

Once you arrived at your new destination, just go straight to your social media networks and update the profiles with the location of your new destination. Let people know you have arrived by entrenching yourself in the area.

With the profile updated, many members of your social media tribe will be inclined to get in touch with you and in no time, you will start receiving relevant information over all these platforms.

Keeping in touch with family and friends as an expatriate has been relatively easy with the advent of social media. Trust me; you will think social media were made for you when you start relishing these great platforms.

Expatriates do not only enjoy these social media by getting in touch with their friends and family back home, but they also use these platforms to stay connected with other fellow expats and of course, cross fertilize ideas while sharing experiences.

There are pockets of these social media out there free of charge, some of the social media platforms that expats can use freely are Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Instagram etc. Interestingly, today’s world is so amazing with the advent of social media; you can talk face-to-face, share your latest adventures, network online and do much stuff online.

1. Understanding Your New Expat Life Beforehand

Through a perfect home work on the new environment as an expert can really help you a lot. Social media helps you to keep up with news about your destination even before you leave, many local gossips and regional updates are out there to tap in to. You will need to know about the eateries, coffee shops, hotels, what people are saying about the atmospheric condition of the place, etc.

Some social media platform like Pinterest helps you to visualize and streamline your new home, all you need to do is to look for pins related to your new area and build your board around the way of life you want.

2. Establishing Your Online Profile and Network

You can as an expat, use these platforms to build up your online profile and it will of course, serve as a means of networking for business and job opportunities alike. You can use social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to reach out to your potential customers and business partners too.

You can easily search people out in your new location and of course form a social tribe instantly. Expat LinkedIn groups can help you to learn about others and also get in touch with other fellow expats out there. However, depending on where you are, some of your business partners’ website might not be accessible. This problem can be solved with a VPN ensuring you can unblock websites.

3. Finding a Community

Another good thing about social media is in its helping expats to settle into their new environment. You can easily make contact with other expats using these platforms and its a great way of interacting in a new social circle.

You can easily search for groups of choice with your Facebook account and hashtags using Twitter. If you are even thinking of where to stay or where you can have funs, then makes enquiries from those people commenting on these topics and from there, you can make as many friends as you want to. But make sure you are careful when searching for online groups to join because some site my carry host of threat. However, knowing ways to protect yourself can be you to add more security to your network.

4. Hitting The Ground

Once you arrived at your new destination, just go straight to your social media networks and update the profiles with the location of your new destination. Let people know you have arrived by entrenching yourself in the area.

With the profile updated, many members of your social media tribe will be inclined to get in touch with you and in no time, you will start receiving relevant information over all these platforms.

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