Do You Have a Theme Song That Illustrates Your Approach to Social Media?

The song One Love resonates with me as my social media theme song especially in this YouTube video here, taken from the documentary “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”.  Here, the classic Bob Marley tune is played by Keb’ Mo’ and Manu Chao and the collaboration is truly inspiring.

In social media, we have a similar opportunity to connect with friends around the world.  We tweet and share our photos, thoughts and adventures with people who may live on the other side of the globe.  I’ve met some wonderful friends, first here on Twitter, and have transferred the friendships to other platforms and even some to real life meet-ups, conferences and trips.  I feel that if we work together and participate in the movement for the better and tweet for change, it can be done.

I found proof that this is true just a few weeks ago. The Guardian UK posted an online article about how technology is coming up with innovative ways to help people and support development. Even in Rwanda, a country with a troubled past, Twitter is helping connect the people with their government to facilitate real change.

Whatever your passion or goal, I know that we can work together and make the change for the better collectively.

I asked eight other folks this question: What song captures the essence and energy of social media for you?


Just like in real life, social media gives us a choice: you can associate with selfish people only out for themselves, or, with selfless folks who are genuinely (and consistently) supportive. I hang out with the second group. Always. As Amy Jo Martin points out, “The use of “We” & “Us” vs. “I” & “Me” is an immediate indicator of a person’s intent in business & personal relationships.” My embrace of the “Us” and “We” greatly informs my song selection: “We Are Family” by the group Sister Sledge.
Years of likes, re-tweets, +1s, pins and countless gathering have shaped my perspective and approach to social media. I look at the medium from a family-centric point of  view.  I love connectivity, value diversity, and actively cultivate collaborative projects with people who are not clique-ish or snobbish.  So “We Are Family” perfectly applies to what I do. Whether it’s “one nation under a groove” or “one world to the same beat”, it’s about having fun and being authentic as you explore the humanity of the online universe.
What I love most about social media is that it’s fun and exciting.  I enjoy engaging and connecting with others.  I also enjoy continuously growing and learning. There are a variety of different songs that inspire my social media approach, but one song stood out in my mind the most. It’s titled, “One More Time” by Daft Punk.
This song is very upbeat and every time I listen to it, I just want to get up and dance.  It puts a smile on my face and reminds me that anything is possible. ‘One more’ try, ‘one more’ experience, ‘one more’ day, all leads to new possibilities in life’s journey.  Oh yes, “one more tweet!”
My overall approach to social media is to simply engage, develop, grow and work with others.  Social media has no limitations and neither does the power of an awesome, upbeat song.
The Jackson Five’s “ABC” is my social media theme song for 2013. This year I think we all need to get back to basics. You see “gurus” flaunting fancy tricks and theories for how to succeed on social that too often we forget the fundamentals—pick a niche, post consistently, engage and excite, follow to be followed.  By sticking to the A-B-C’s of social I hope to have more conversations and make meaningful connections.
My social media journey began shortly after my high school reunion, in 2009.  I decided I wanted to keep in touch with those old classmates, and what better way than the social channels?  So, I joined Facebook…then Twitter.  Social media platforms have come and gone, and I’ve probably tried them all, but Facebook and Twitter are the two I frequent the most. 
A song that best describes my approach to social media? Well, I’ve been around for the heavy times, such as Trey Pennington’s suicide.  And I’ve been around for the happier times, the recent birth of Matt and Annie Browne’s little baby boy, Sammy.  Social media is Life personified; it has its ups and downs. 
 ‘Dreams (Higher)’ from Van Halen:  And in the end on dreams we will depend ‘Cause that’s what love is made of…
Aerosmith: “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”
Connecting with interesting people from all over the world is an incredible experience.   As a lifelong student, having access to so many different perspectives captures my imagination.  I’m constantly sneaking peeks at Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Path.  Of course, I can’t keep up with every post, but I love seeing the latest news and supporting my friends’ newest undertakings.  Simply put, I don’t want to miss a thing! I do put the iPhone away while playing with the kids, but a photo now and then is okay with them.  I always ask first.
Twitter Song “Twitter me some Love” by Singers Marcomé & Bruno Pelletier
Sharing, connecting, traveling the world “Live” in an instant! Social media is here to stay. They brought a sense of being on the globe and showed us we ought to Twitter some Love to Mother Earth, so please, follow me! @Marcome
“Listen” Artemis (from the new indie album Sephyra)
Like the opening of this song, social media can seem like so much noise.  For so many people, it can be hard to decipher who to listen to or, better yet, what to listen for.  I have learned to make sense of it over time and hear all the incoming tweets, pics, videos, words, etc. as a symphony.
The song that captures the essence and energy of social media for me is “Nick of Time” by Moonalice.  The song is deeply optimistic and includes the lyrics “Follow your dreams, don’t ever let them slip away.  Good things happen in the nick of time.”  It is a song of hope and also of those special friends who are there for you in the nick of time, just when you need them.  The lyrics reflect my approach to social media which is to follow where serendipity leads, and on the way, not just connect the dots, but go to where the dots are going to be.  As a result, friends who were at first virtual have become my best friends in real life, and my life immeasurably richer.
So, what is your social media theme song?  I’d love to hear your answers—please share with a comment.
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34 Replies to “Do You Have a Theme Song That Illustrates Your Approach to Social Media?

  1. Hi Ann,

    I absolutely enjoy different genres of music and I enjoy how there are just certain songs that you can just relate to.

    My song is, “I Was Here” by Beyonce Knowles. Every time I hear it, it encourages me to inspire and help those who may benefit from my life-experiences and the lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

    Here’s a link to the song:

    Hope you enjoyed your Chinese New Year get-together.

    Have a great week!

  2. My song would be Break On Through by The Doors!! Social media has been that “thing” to let so many of us break on through…opening doors and creating relationships and communities as well as a lot of opportunity!


  3. I have often said in jest that “Follow” by Richie Havens should be the Twitter theme song. I say it in sincerity, as well. I sense it applies well to all forms of social media.

    “The mocking bird sings each different song; Each song has wings – they won’t stay long.”

    “And close your eyes, child, and look at what I’ll show you; Let your mind go reeling out, and let the breezes blow you; And maybe when we meet, then suddenly I will know you?”

    “Follow” by Richie Havens
    (written by Jerry Merrick):

    1. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely check all the songs that I am not familiar with, starting wih Follow by Richie Havens.


  4. @AnnTran_ Ann here are two songs that i immediately think of! “We are the world” & “Thats what friends are for” I would love to get a group of us together and do a sing up featuring one of those songs! #TwitterSingUp! #Twingup 🙂 Keep shining & Keep smiling! xoxo Debra

    1. Hi Debra,

      I actually thought about “We are the world” when I was trying to pick out a song for this post. How fun would that be, a social media video from around the world. ツ


  5. Hi Ann,

    What a fun and thought provoking post this is. Your song “One Love” sure does epitomize what social is all about. I love reading others perspectives…in your post here, and the responses on FB & Twitter as well!

    1. Hi John,

      I will have to give credit for the idea to Sean Gardner ツ He suggested I may want to write this post up over a year ago. Yes, I love the engagement on Facebook, Twitter and here. It is always fun for me to do one of these series with my readers.


  6. I guess the soundtrack for me would be Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” because I use social media platforms a great deal – from networking at LinkedIn, networking /blogging briefly about my day on Twitter to posting events for work, church, or for fun. I have Twitter postings connected to my FB so I only need to blog once or twice a day.

  7. Well @AnnTran_ of course it’s “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles also the last song I tweeted. Hugs & love…

  8. Well I have to thank Jim Dougherty (@leaderswest) for sharing your post and when I answered and considering it is Saturday, I originally thought of the song “Get Down Tonight” by KC & The Sunshine band, because of the fact that it is about enthusiasm and fun. For many people Social Media is not fun and in fact people get overwhelmed and lost very easily. I guess my real theme and it is based on how I am doing things is one step at a time 🙂 Making good connections one person at a time, sharing good information one bit at a time, but caring all the time!

    1. Hi Diane,

      Thank you for sharing one of my favorite fun songs! Love your energy and thanks to Jim for being generous.


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