We utilize these social media tools on a daily basis. For what? To build and grow our networks and relationships within. To showcase our abilities on blogs and to bring that value into conversations with other people looking to grow from our knowledge. We look to learn ourselves, from people we connect with and the content we read. Hell, some of us want our egos stroked a bit in the process. But sometimes, just sometimes – there’s something we experience that isn’t really expected:
Today was like any normal day on Twitter. Conversing as usual with my stellar community, but there was one thing (or person) that was different – Arik Hanson. He came into today with the mindset of selflessness and true care for the future of Scott Hepburn and me.
For those who don’t know, we’re both on the job hunt (or ‘free agents‘ as Scott likes to say) and Arik felt the need to openly utilize the community on Twitter and launch a day long ‘tweetathon’ for us. You can read about it more here, but what ensued after the start of this day was truly amazing. Dozens upon dozens of messages to me and Scott promoting Arik’s efforts, resulting in massively enhanced communities, new relationships, and more importantly – job leads.
There’s plenty of people out there in the same situation as Scott and I, but I can only hope that they have a colleague and friend who would be willing to go above and beyond and put this much effort towards someone else’s future before his/her own.
Scott and I had a quick talk over the phone last night (after the dust settled from numerous emails and conversations) and share the same sentiment about Arik and are truly thankful for his efforts, along with the rest of the Twitter community. We never asked him to do this, never even brought up the idea – he took the initiative and ran with it, along with dozens of other people. For that, there really are not enough words to describe how we feel, other than – thank you.
Arik, you’re a true class act.