There’s a lot of pressure these days to keep up with all the social networking tools. Not only is it important to be constantly updating your status of Facebook, sending out Tweets on Twitter or updating your resume on LinkedIn, but what you do needs to be witty, intelligent and entertaining or you’ll lose “followers”. Nobody wants to know that you are heading to the mall or that you just ate a bagel. You need to put some thought into what you are going to write that provokes a conversation.
Here’s a good example of a “status” update where I struggled to provoke a conversation. I was training and fundraising to run my first half marathon in Orlando. There was a lot of excitement building up to the run and I used a lot of social networking tools to get the word out about what I was doing. I’ll save that for another blog post. However, it was important to let everyone know how I did right after the run. I figured a Facebook status update would be the best solution. So I finished the race and immediately started throwing up. I could have posted on Facebook “finished race at 2:19:40”. But instead I turned to a friend and said how do I get more creative with my status. She suggested “just finished my first half marathon in 2:19:40 and threw up at 2:19:41. I love running.” I added the “I love running” part. Sure enough, the responses started coming in immediately.
So my point here is that you don’t have to put the pressure on yourself. Ask someone or feel free to “borrow” other peoples tweets or updates.
But there’s a rule here. You need to make sure that you give credit where credit is due. If you are going to re-tweet something make sure you write RT before your post. Here’s an example:
Latest: RT @BuffaloRising BR Post:Gilda's Club WNY - "Mix at 6" event on March 26, 2009 http://tinyurl.com/d6oav2
Buffalo Rising had just posted about an event I was helping to plan so I wanted to repost the link but I needed to make sure I added RT.
A simple rule but it helps take off the pressure of always being witty, intelligent and entertaining.
Now I’m already paranoid – was this blog entry witty, intelligent and entertaining?