After my most recent interview with Moses Herrera, I began thinking about how we interact with people on social media. I've already talked before about how social media isn't real life...but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to treat people as such. Most people still use it in one way or another so what can we do to make the best of it? What if we treated people like we would if we were speaking to them face to face. Moses brought up a great point about how he has met clients and peers through comment sections on places like LinkedIn, which initially shocked me, but as I thought about it more I've done the same. Maybe not in the same capacity, but there have been people I've engaged with on social media platforms that afterwards I thought "you know, that was a great learning experience. I would talk to that person again". So why can't we make that the goal of all of our social media interactions? There used to be a saying, that I'm sure your mother told you as well "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all". Well now it's almost like people only speak up if they have something negative to say....what would Mom think, the last person we would want to disappoint is her!
We talk a lot about community and the importance of building and developing it...social media should be the ideal place to expand our community. We have the opportunity to interact with people we never would have otherwise, and we have the opportunity to learn things we may never have learned otherwise. Isn't that something we all want? If we come across a stranger who treats us with respect and we have a good honest conversation about something, wouldn't we want that person to be a part of our community? -Danny