When I wrote last month about throwing away my social networking rules, I was unprepared what happened next.
First: People were elated I connected with them. This tweet from Jeff Cutler is indicative of what I see:
— Jeff Cutler (@JeffCutler) January 4, 2014
Second: People asked questions or shared their own philosophies about social platforms and why and how they connect. This private Facebook message by Kaarina Dillabough (used by permission) is also indicative of what I see:
This is what I wrote last month:
I am quickly embracing the fact that I will see a lot of content. You will show me a lot of pictures, video, links. You will share what’s on your mind and what’s on your kids’ and cats’ minds. You will bore me some of the time (and some of you already admitted that to me, that I will find a lot of boringness in your updates). I say bring it. Bring on the chaos. Give me everything. I will see what I see and skip over the rest.
Fast forward and…
I am finding order on Google+ by sharing a lot of original content and related content by other people to continually boost my Google rank when you might search for keywords that I write about.
My rules of 2013 and past years are gone.
I want to be your friend on Facebook or LinkedIn if we have a pre-existing relationship. People rarely befriend strangers on those sites so I don’t consider this a rule. Maybe we met for a beer or maybe we commented on each other’s blogs or maybe we tweeted enough times to be considered mutually influential.
I will follow and unfollow you on the other social sites because. Just because. The test of finding order in chaos is when our relationship moves to Facebook — and to the telephone and the in-person encounter.
Make sense? Any questions in my second month of finding order in social networking chaos? Add a comment below or send me a message on your favorite sharing site.