Seeing the people in social media

by Julie on September 17, 2009

Get Me Out Of Here

I’ve had a few of my online friends mention to me lately that they’re starting to ‘get over’ their social media crush. The spam’s getting too heavy on Twitter, Facebook ads have them down, actual real life has interceded. Whatever the reason, I get it. I’ve had some days like that too, days when frankly real life is more fun and engaging than the digital one.

I happened to be having one of these weeks recently (as in a few days ago) and it made me a little nervous because I was getting ready to give a presentation on ‘Blogging for Business’ for a women’s business group in my area. I wondered how I could teach and inspire when I’d been laying off the social media dope – and had, in fact, recently sworn off keywords on my blog in exchange for writing exactly what I wanted to write when I wanted to write it.

The answer ended up not being hard to find. The moment I walked into the room – a room full of 70 or so living, breathing human beings, I felt the social media life fly back into me. I realized that in this case, the cold reality of the digital social scene had gotten me down, and that connecting with people in person about social media lifted me right back up.

The presentation went incredibly well, and an interesting thread in the feedback relayed that the attendees were also looking for this human experience to help them understand the digital world of social media. They needed the conversation, the feedback, the real time question and answers and the proof that there actually are real people sitting behind the avatars and urls.

Have the social media blahs? Go to an event – tweetup, conference, podcamp – whatever your poison. Just get there.

Image credit: The Brownhorse

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PamelaMKramer @A Renaissance Woman September 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm

What a great idea! We still need the face to face connection no matter what. Those of us that do this daily can easily burn out but it’s fun to teach others.

2 jarrett September 19, 2009 at 11:31 pm

I can relate to this. I got down immediately after signing up for Twitter after hearing all the hype over it for several months. My expectations were of this huge fantasy land of friends who were all looking for “community” and obviously all I got was spam…until I changed my outlook. I decided to read some of the people’s pages and send them personal messages. I am now getting to know a few people and have also connected with them on fb. Who knows where these relationships will go,but at the very least we have already swapped valuable information and content on mutually related subjects. That’s good enough for me!

3 Julie September 20, 2009 at 9:35 am

Great example, Jarrett! You have to ‘reach out and touch someone’ or this will never work! Good to have you here…welcome!

4 Katherine September 21, 2009 at 8:48 am

Julie, I agree with Jarrett!!! I had the pleasure of being at that wonderful business women’s seminar where you “reconnected” with us human beings and I was really inspired by your enthusiasm and motivated by your suggestions. I have become a twitterer and I find that I have already made some new contacts and friends. And, as Jarrett said, that’s good enough for me!

5 Julie September 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

Katherine! I’m so glad – that you were there, that we got a chance to connect personally, that you found my other blog and that you have this wonderful perspective on Twitter! Fabulous.

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