Are You Paying Attention on Your Social Media?

As my regular followers may have noticed by now, I’ve been on a tear lately about engagement and having the conversation on social media.

But, it’s really about a more basic notion of politeness and etiquette.

Namely, are you paying attention on your social media?

Let’s discuss this!

What do we all want?

We all want attention to some degree.

Now, I’m not saying that we’re all budding narcissists.

But, we expect to be listened to when we’re talking.

(Or, at least to be told politely to be quiet because no one wants to listen to us!)

When we send a message out, we expect a prompt, courteous, and complete reply.

If we publish or create something then we like to have constructive feedback.

In other words, we don’t expect to be ignored.

Here are a few warning signs that we’re not paying attention on social media:

  1. We’re not online regularly
  2. We reply to others late, in a terse manner (i.e., “OK”) or, worst of all, not at all
  3. We never get past a one time reply into a real conversation
  4. We never initiate the discussion
  5. We miss the current topics and issues of the day and are behind in what our community is really concerned about (Like the ones who are still arguing whether MySpace is relevant.)

Any of these sound like you?

In today’s fast paced online world, I’ll admit it’s hard to be attentive all of the time.

Our personal and professional lives have a habit of getting in the way.

But, if we set aside some time either daily or weekly, please no less frequently than that, we can stay engaged with our communities and be viewed as valuable members thereof.

Try it and see!

That’s it for now!

Please check-out my 8 step approach for developing a social media program to get some more ideas on how to use social media.

Also, never forget to reach out to either ask questions or to ask for help from someone like myself!

In the meantime, thank you for following and reading my blog!

I look forward to any and all comments that you may have. I will reply to any comments made to this blog post as promptly as I can.

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