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Top 9 Things I Hear Myself Saying About Social Media to Others

Just posted to the ChatterBachs blog: “Top 9 Things I Hear Myself Saying About Social Media to Others” http://wp.me/p14i4G-T

Re-printed here on GovLoop in its entirety:

As I talk with others about social media and the power of it, there are certain phrases or concepts I find myself repeating often. I
thought I’d turn these into a blog. Perhaps you’ll find them useful or
challenging or even insightful. I can’t claim every one is original,
but before you turn one of these quotes into a t-shirt, bumper sticker, coffee mug, your life-changing new mantra, or even your own blog post, an acknowledgement would be nice. Okay, here we go (in no particular order):

Social media is supposed to be social.

You get out of social media what you put into it.

Social media shouldn’t be just about your agenda.

Social media doesn’t change your personality.

Social media is about access to people.

Social media allows you to be in places/at events where you would not otherwise be.

Social media is not the end result; it should still result in a real-world connection.

Social media is not a cure-all.

Social media still takes people.

I welcome your feedback and additions.

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Profile Photo Andrew Medd

Great list. I definitely appreciate ‘You get out of social media what you put into it.’ When I realize that I am feeling more engaged with various communities I am part of through social media it is usually because I have recently become a more active contributor myself.

Profile Photo Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs

Adriel and Andrew, thanks for weighing in. Adriel, this is probably where I have seen the most value/impact from social media. Andrew, beautifully phrased: more engaged as a result of being an active contributor. Another thing I say along these lines is that “Social media is not a magic pill or a silver bullet.”

Profile Photo Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs

Lauren, I like the concept. I’m glad you posted a link to your well-written blog. My favorite line is “And through social media, the pool of random activity is increased.” Thanks for commenting, Tom. I have definitely found this to be true. Through social media you can find experts who you were previously unaware of in any topic.