I had the pleasure to talk with Marc Meyer over the phone yesterday. We had a great chat as we talked about an issue that’s been on his mind of late – the lack of context on Twitter. He had some deep thoughts on the matter and got the perspectives of several other great people as well. The main thought I shared with him was that the minute we begin questioning what we tweet about because someone might not understand the context of it, is when we, and the industry, begin to take a step backwards in our growth. We were born into this Social Media world with this word tattooed on our foreheads:
I think we’ve used the word a gazillion times when explaining Twitter, Social Media, blogging, how companies should present themselves, etc. etc. We get it. We have to be ourselves and show our true colors when it comes to communication, but there’s seemingly another side to it – a side that, as mentioned by Marc, may be misconstrued, a side that companies are monitoring for current and prospective employees, a questionable side. Are we being too, dare I say, social?
Do we need to be wary of what we post for sake that one of our hundreds or thousands of followers may find disconcerting? We’re doing a disservice to our industry when we monitor and think twice about what we say and to whom, because of that fear, and not hold true to the core beliefs we ‘grew up’ on with Social Media.
I wholly agree that we should think before we tweet, but I wonder if people are getting to the point where they’re not sure if they should say certain things in fear of negative reactions or assumptions. We’re pushing the boundaries in this industry, one day at a time, which starts with our transparent personalities for the world to see. Is it getting to the point where transparency is becoming a bit too, um, transparent?
Thinking out loud here but would rather hear from you. What do you think?
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