I have come the realization that Social Media is not for everyone. There will always be those people that are critical of tools like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn…. And I think it has partial to do with not knowing about the tools and how they work, but more with the fact that they do not see the value in using the tools.
Once we can show the value in using the tools, I think more of the naysayers will change their position.
It is not about what I did today.
It is not about self promotion.
It is not that I want to be heard.
It is not to prove that I have a worth to society.
It is not about instant gratification
It is not about immediate returns
It is not easy
It is not about having the most followers, the most friends, the most contacts
It is not just for teenagers or the “younger crowd”
It is not Customer Service
It IS because they are conversation tools that build relationships.
It IS because they are ways to contribute to the betterment of the business and industry I am involved, and society as a whole.
It IS because they aide in collaboration for projects, getting job, researching a new product, etc
It IS because they make a real connection. A human connection to another human being.
It IS because they build a community of people that have similar interests.
It IS because they share information. Information is power. The quality of your information allows you start the IS list over again!