There’s only one you. You’re good at being you… you’re not good at being someone else. I’ve learned that lesson several times lately. It’s important that we get that in social media. Even through your tweets or blog posts, people can tell if you’re being authentic. If they find that you aren’t they’ll turn you off really quick. Be yourself. Let people like the real you – not a fake version of something or someone else!
If you aren’t going to Facebook, tweet, or blog consistently, don’t do it at all. When you create an account and use it at random once a month, all you’re doing is hogging a username someone else may really want. Be consistent if you expect to get traction or respect on the inter-webs. Let people know that you care enough about connecting to update regularly. You believe in what you’re doing to do it consistently (that’s a great lesson in general too).
Tweet others as you’d like to be tweeted. If you can’t blog something nice, don’t blog at all. All of these things we’ve learned in the past, but many people abandon them once they sign up for an account or get a URL. Be considerate. Don’t just look to argue and call others out. It’s easy to call others out when we’re not doing anything significant ourselves. Do something significant… be considerate. Aferall, Facebook doesn’t have an ‘I hate you’ button, just a ‘like’ button. :)
Get to the point. We all have a lot going on. We love information, but we want it to be concise. Get to the point. Sure, we all like a good story, but don’t repeat yourself. Remember, if you want to be retweeted, leave enough space for a ‘RT @yourname’. Social media can greatly help us to be concise and clear in our everyday lives. It’s a must in social networking.
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