Authentic Dialogue

Let me start by saying I am not focused on any one individual or any one service. Rather, I am focused on those automatic notices that are generated by companies that monitor our Twitter statistics. Is it really all that important to the rest of us who my most active followers were? How important is the automatic direct message when I’ve followed someone? But by far (in my opinion) are the ones that suggest I click the link to get more followers.

I have heard over and over again how annoying people find these automatic messages. I understand this is social media. The key word there is SOCIAL. I would rather you sent authentic information. Ask a question. Provide feedback.

How would automatic replies look “offline”? It would be the same as sending a postcard to someone about how many friends you have or worse how you could have as many friends as I do. That sounds silly or even a bit rude. It is. I wouldn’t send you a letter saying, “Thanks for being in the same meeting as I was.” Instead, I might reach out and comment about the great idea you had or how inspiring your speech was. That would be authentic.

I strongly value the authentic dialogues I have through social media. They mean the world to me. I’ve met some amazing people through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. They’ve enriched my life. I hope I’ve enriched theirs.

I understand how valuable the information these services collect. I use a service myself.  Did you know you can turn off the automatic messages on most of those services? Search the settings. It is there. You can still get the information but you don’t have to share with the rest of us how “popular” you are or who your most “engaged” followers were. Most of us will thank you for it.

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