Posted on : 30-01-2011 | By : Lynn | In : Communication
One of my good friends has made her very successful career out of being on the bleeding edge of everything digital least of which has been the social networking scene. Needless to say, I’ve been blessed beyond measure by this friend (in many ways in addition to what I am about to share with you) who, through the years, has emailed, tweeted, messaged or called me up with directions on people who I should follow, meet, friend, hook-up with and sites that I should know about.
Because of her I know about:
She has also referred me to several great blogs (too numerous to name) but one for bloggers that I love is: ProBlogger
And of course over the years, I have signed up and am active on Social Networking sites such as LINKEDIN, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER in addition to becoming a host of my own radio internet radio show HOPE42 DAY on Blog Talk Radio.
Another friend introduced me to the “Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Series” Listen to these interviews: Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Series which has an exciting lineup of speakers; topics. (http://bit.ly/eELHqV) #SEES2011 — You can listen to podcasts that have already been done or plan to listen to new live interviews (this week of February 3) for FREE.
But what does all this “social networking” really mean to me?
Personally, I’ve gotten re-connected with many friends and acquaintances from the past–which is a good thing. It’s also made it very easy to make new friends along the way and keep track of acquaintances who I would enjoy making friends.
Professionally, social networking has allowed me to keep up with a huge network of people who may have gotten lost in a post-it-note shuffle otherwise. SN sites such as LinkedIn have enabled me to strike up acquaintanceship and friendship with people all across the U.S. as well as all over the world. It has also made it easier to approach someone with a question or invitation for coffee.
I’m one of the lucky ones though because way back in the mid-80’s when I was working for the Editor of the Journal of American Chemical Society, we were using this thing called an Alpha Micro system which enabled the assistants for all the J.A.C.S. Editors across the U.S. to “talk” to each other over the computer. As rudimentary as this system was, I realized even then that I could connect with people at a deep level just through typing words back and forth to each other. I used to print out reams of letters from two of the assistants in particular on the office dot matrix printer to take home and read.
A few years later, I began working for Texas Monthly Magazine and working with a slightly more advanced email system with all of the offices across the U.S.
In the 90’s when email finally hit the mainstream, I was ensconced in a job recruiting high level Project Managers, Technical Architects, Software Developers and more from around the country for multi-year jobs on large contracts. Again, I found email to be an incredible tool which allowed me to cut through the barriers and to build trust and relationships with people in a relatively short period of time.
So here we are today snack dab in the middle of all kinds of boards and groups and social networking groups that allow us to communicate with each other as fast and as deep as we want too. Who knows what history will prove about the impact of social networking on the protests in Egypt recently? What I do know is that these social networking tools aren’t going to make you friends if you don’t know how to be a friend first. And they certainly won’t help you make professional connections if you don’t understand how business communication works. What social networking can be for you is a vehicle to get your word to specific people for specific reasons with laser sharp speed.
What we all have to be mindful of is the thinness of the material density now from which we are communicating. I remember when I was given “The Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda many years ago, I was told by one of his followers that his written words were imbued with his energy as well as the energy of all the great Gurus in the SRF lineage. I believe that our energy imprint is also conveyed when we communicate with each other in writing no matter the vehicle of delivery….what you are feeling will be felt.
What does social networking mean to you?