As a blogger you’re into engaging with your audience, right?
You enjoy getting comments because it means you’ve inspired someone to interact. You reply back to establish an even more meaningful relationship.
Being social, at a distance
Social networks enable still deeper connections. Here’s where you can reach any number of people who share similar interests. You tweet, send Facebook messages, get involved in LinkedIn discussions, and so forth, to engage with followers, friends and readers.
How very nice. You’re being social.
But it’s all at a distance.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Even so, I propose making a resolution for the coming year to get even more social with cyber acquaintances. Have an honest to goodness conversation and meet, in person, some of the people you’ve come to know online.
Get social, in the real world
This idea sprung to mind yesterday, after I had a nice long chat with a Twitter pal named Avi. We’d been following our respective public tweets, retweeting one another and occasionally direct messaging. Avi lives in the Middle East, I’m in the United States. We’re both into web 2.0/social media, the internet and technology in general. That’s what the bulk of our tweeting is about, though we’ve shared personal musings on a friendly basis. From just those 140-character messages it’s clear that Avi is an insightful, warm and thoughtful person.
Our conversation came about after I’d tweeted Avi letting him know I’m working on a post about communications trends for 2010. I asked if he had any thoughts on the topic. He quickly tweeted back; yes, he’d be happy to share, and did I have five minutes for Skype?
I was pleasantly surprised by the offer. Of course I’d love to talk to my faraway friend.
But first I had to get hooked up with Skype, which as it turns out, is quick and simple to do.
Soon we were chatting up a storm. About communications trends, and plenty more. It was immensely enjoyable.
We’re still far apart geographically, however, Avi and I now share a closer connection. He’s not simply a face I see in a photo, but rather a real live person that I can, from time to time, speak to in real repartee.
Make an effort to create truly personal engagement
Avi is one of several individuals I’ve originally encountered through social networks and have subsequently spoken to over the phone. I’ve also met some cyber pals in person. It’s great fun and adds another dimension to our relationship.
I highly recommend reaching out to some of your web-only acquaintances in 2010. If they’re an international call, check out Skype — as noted it’s snap to use, not to mention, free.
Make a New Year’s resolution to have your networking be even more social through authentic personal engagement.
So what do you think? Do you plan to get more personal with your social networks? Is it a good idea? Comments welcome.