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7 Ways to Avoid Being a Social Media Clone
7 Ways to Avoid Being a Social Media Clone
by
David Finch
David Finch

I was sitting in a meeting a few days ago and made a statement on how it would be nice if someone could clone me and then send my clone to attend my next meeting. It seemed comical at the moment and everyone chimed in on how productive it would be if they had their own clone as well. Who wouldn’t like to have a personal clone to sit in at meetings, attend jury duty and take care of basic responsibilities? However, within the social media space it has become easier to clone someone else’s ideas and even tone than it is to use the tools at hand to become an extension of the REAL you.

I would imagine the reason why is because it’s always easier to be a copy than it is to be an original.  That’s why every auto-responder message sounds the same – Copy, Paste and Publish, The motto of every clone.

It’s my belief that every person has something to give that’s of value, but if they give in to being just another echo they lose the opportunity to make an impact.

Here are 7 ways to help you escape the cloning chamber.

1.    Begin publishing original content.
2.    Develop your own voice. Not everyone can be a Chris Brogan, Jason Falls or Robert Scoble.
3.    Be human – Social media is about building relationships
4.    Be willing to give your opinion even when everyone doesn’t agree.
5.    Be confident in who you are and what you bring to the table.
6.    Be a connector – Connect people to other people, their ideas and networks
7.    Avoid gimmicks, they only signal desperation

If you notice a clone will never gain attention or stand out from the crowd. The individuals that are doing incredible things are people that are creative, innovative and know how to be OK within their own skin. If you struggle with it, try it! You may be surprise what idea or concept that you can bring to the table.

What would you add to this list? What creative things are you doing with social media?

Leave a comment – I want to learn from you.

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  • Hey nicely describe. It is really useful for every social media users to work on social media sites

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  • Hey David, I have read your blog posting and its quite useful and informative. And yes you are right Social Media is the best way to communicate with other peoples and interact and exchange messages with them. You Social Media tips are useful indeed.

  • Absolutely. In my opinion social media is one of many ways to connect with other people, exchange ideas and promote your brand or passion. – It is not for the sake of social media themselves but they have to serve you and your aims.

  • Absolutely. In my opinion social media is one of many ways to connect with other people, exchange ideas and promote your brand or passion. – It is not for the sake of social media themselves but they have to serve you and your aims.

  • Absolutely. In my opinion social media is one of many ways to connect with other people, exchange ideas and promote your brand or passion. – It is not for the sake of social media themselves but they have to serve you and your aims.

  • Absolutely. In my opinion social media is one of many ways to connect with other people, exchange ideas and promote your brand or passion. – It is not for the sake of social media themselves but they have to serve you and your aims.

  • ” Be human – Social media is about building relationships” Exactly! I absolutely press this point all the time when discussing social media, especially Twitter.

  • ” Be human – Social media is about building relationships” Exactly! I absolutely press this point all the time when discussing social media, especially Twitter.

  • ” Be human – Social media is about building relationships” Exactly! I absolutely press this point all the time when discussing social media, especially Twitter.

  • ” Be human – Social media is about building relationships” Exactly! I absolutely press this point all the time when discussing social media, especially Twitter.

  • ” Be human – Social media is about building relationships” Exactly! I absolutely press this point all the time when discussing social media, especially Twitter.

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  • Thanks for the list, Jason. I completely agree. If we are only regurgitating information, aren't we clones? We have to give value to our audience by offering original content, and when we do foward, re-post and re-tweet, let readers know how the info can help them or how it helped us.

  • Thanks for the list, Jason. I completely agree. If we are only regurgitating information, aren't we clones? We have to give value to our audience by offering original content, and when we do foward, re-post and re-tweet, let readers know how the info can help them or how it helped us.

  • Thanks for the list, Jason. I completely agree. If we are only regurgitating information, aren't we clones? We have to give value to our audience by offering original content, and when we do foward, re-post and re-tweet, let readers know how the info can help them or how it helped us.

  • Thanks for the list, Jason. I completely agree. If we are only regurgitating information, aren't we clones? We have to give value to our audience by offering original content, and when we do foward, re-post and re-tweet, let readers know how the info can help them or how it helped us.

  • Thanks for the list, Jason. I completely agree. If we are only regurgitating information, aren't we clones? We have to give value to our audience by offering original content, and when we do foward, re-post and re-tweet, let readers know how the info can help them or how it helped us.

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  • I have seen many companies try to just clone others in social media and it usually does more harm than good. I think they need to find what makes their company unique and build upon that in social media to find a niche. Also I think at the same time companies cannot try to be too different or it ends up being too foreign to social media users and will just get passed over.

  • I have seen many companies try to just clone others in social media and it usually does more harm than good. I think they need to find what makes their company unique and build upon that in social media to find a niche. Also I think at the same time companies cannot try to be too different or it ends up being too foreign to social media users and will just get passed over.

  • I have seen many companies try to just clone others in social media and it usually does more harm than good. I think they need to find what makes their company unique and build upon that in social media to find a niche. Also I think at the same time companies cannot try to be too different or it ends up being too foreign to social media users and will just get passed over.

  • I have seen many companies try to just clone others in social media and it usually does more harm than good. I think they need to find what makes their company unique and build upon that in social media to find a niche. Also I think at the same time companies cannot try to be too different or it ends up being too foreign to social media users and will just get passed over.

  • I have seen many companies try to just clone others in social media and it usually does more harm than good. I think they need to find what makes their company unique and build upon that in social media to find a niche. Also I think at the same time companies cannot try to be too different or it ends up being too foreign to social media users and will just get passed over.

  • I have seen many companies try to just clone others in social media and it usually does more harm than good. I think they need to find what makes their company unique and build upon that in social media to find a niche. Also I think at the same time companies cannot try to be too different or it ends up being too foreign to social media users and will just get passed over.

  • SM

    I think the other disadvantage would be that – people being different for the sake of “being different!” Please note am not condoning confirmity but neither am I justifying being a contrarian. You should be your own person and if you have similar thoughts/opinions as someone one shud nt feel shy in airing that out.

    Anyways, nice writeup:) We are not that far from physical cloning as well!

  • Read this quote the other day: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.” — Tallulah Bankhead

    In my opinion, be yourself. Develop your own voice and style… It's much easier that way.

  • Read this quote the other day: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.” — Tallulah Bankhead

    In my opinion, be yourself. Develop your own voice and style… It's much easier that way.

  • Read this quote the other day: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.” — Tallulah Bankhead

    In my opinion, be yourself. Develop your own voice and style… It's much easier that way.

  • Read this quote the other day: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.” — Tallulah Bankhead

    In my opinion, be yourself. Develop your own voice and style… It's much easier that way.

  • Read this quote the other day: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.” — Tallulah Bankhead

    In my opinion, be yourself. Develop your own voice and style… It's much easier that way.

  • Read this quote the other day: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.” — Tallulah Bankhead

    In my opinion, be yourself. Develop your own voice and style… It's much easier that way.

  • I think Scott Hepburn hit the nail on the head when he says to follow people who don't Twitter about Twitter, and that sort of thing. I think I am definitely guilty of filling my Twitter & RSS feeds with social media news, but the journalist in me has to remember the purpose of social media, and isn't to talk about itself!

  • I think Scott Hepburn hit the nail on the head when he says to follow people who don't Twitter about Twitter, and that sort of thing. I think I am definitely guilty of filling my Twitter & RSS feeds with social media news, but the journalist in me has to remember the purpose of social media, and isn't to talk about itself!

  • I think Scott Hepburn hit the nail on the head when he says to follow people who don't Twitter about Twitter, and that sort of thing. I think I am definitely guilty of filling my Twitter & RSS feeds with social media news, but the journalist in me has to remember the purpose of social media, and isn't to talk about itself!

  • I think Scott Hepburn hit the nail on the head when he says to follow people who don't Twitter about Twitter, and that sort of thing. I think I am definitely guilty of filling my Twitter & RSS feeds with social media news, but the journalist in me has to remember the purpose of social media, and isn't to talk about itself!

  • I think Scott Hepburn hit the nail on the head when he says to follow people who don't Twitter about Twitter, and that sort of thing. I think I am definitely guilty of filling my Twitter & RSS feeds with social media news, but the journalist in me has to remember the purpose of social media, and isn't to talk about itself!

  • I think Scott Hepburn hit the nail on the head when he says to follow people who don't Twitter about Twitter, and that sort of thing. I think I am definitely guilty of filling my Twitter & RSS feeds with social media news, but the journalist in me has to remember the purpose of social media, and isn't to talk about itself!

  • dean guadagni

    I agree that originality is very important. “Echoing” is not original but it happens and we have all been part of it in some way or another.

    What bothers me more than people who wish to imitate others is the idea that the simple act of originality unto itself is enough to make a person more relevant.

    It reminds of anyone who admits and tells the truth that they cheated on their significant other. That cheater then expects all to be forgiven and forgotten because the act of honesty should, in their mind, override all poor decisions.

    Just being original means nothing if the content of originality aint worth diddly.

  • dean guadagni

    I agree that originality is very important. “Echoing” is not original but it happens and we have all been part of it in some way or another.

    What bothers me more than people who wish to imitate others is the idea that the simple act of originality unto itself is enough to make a person more relevant.

    It reminds of anyone who admits and tells the truth that they cheated on their significant other. That cheater then expects all to be forgiven and forgotten because the act of honesty should, in their mind, override all poor decisions.

    Just being original means nothing if the content of originality aint worth diddly.

  • dean guadagni

    I agree that originality is very important. “Echoing” is not original but it happens and we have all been part of it in some way or another.

    What bothers me more than people who wish to imitate others is the idea that the simple act of originality unto itself is enough to make a person more relevant.

    It reminds of anyone who admits and tells the truth that they cheated on their significant other. That cheater then expects all to be forgiven and forgotten because the act of honesty should, in their mind, override all poor decisions.

    Just being original means nothing if the content of originality aint worth diddly.

  • dean guadagni

    I agree that originality is very important. “Echoing” is not original but it happens and we have all been part of it in some way or another.

    What bothers me more than people who wish to imitate others is the idea that the simple act of originality unto itself is enough to make a person more relevant.

    It reminds of anyone who admits and tells the truth that they cheated on their significant other. That cheater then expects all to be forgiven and forgotten because the act of honesty should, in their mind, override all poor decisions.

    Just being original means nothing if the content of originality aint worth diddly.

  • dean guadagni

    I agree that originality is very important. “Echoing” is not original but it happens and we have all been part of it in some way or another.

    What bothers me more than people who wish to imitate others is the idea that the simple act of originality unto itself is enough to make a person more relevant.

    It reminds of anyone who admits and tells the truth that they cheated on their significant other. That cheater then expects all to be forgiven and forgotten because the act of honesty should, in their mind, override all poor decisions.

    Just being original means nothing if the content of originality aint worth diddly.

  • dean guadagni

    I agree that originality is very important. “Echoing” is not original but it happens and we have all been part of it in some way or another.

    What bothers me more than people who wish to imitate others is the idea that the simple act of originality unto itself is enough to make a person more relevant.

    It reminds of anyone who admits and tells the truth that they cheated on their significant other. That cheater then expects all to be forgiven and forgotten because the act of honesty should, in their mind, override all poor decisions.

    Just being original means nothing if the content of originality aint worth diddly.

  • I just try to be my unfiltered self. If some of it sounds like something someone else has said before? Hey, it happens to all of us. Sometimes great minds think alike. I do like however to try and bring a new perspective to ideas that everyone may have thought they already had all figured out.

    Just have fun. I don't see how you can lose if you do that.

  • I just try to be my unfiltered self. If some of it sounds like something someone else has said before? Hey, it happens to all of us. Sometimes great minds think alike. I do like however to try and bring a new perspective to ideas that everyone may have thought they already had all figured out.

    Just have fun. I don't see how you can lose if you do that.

  • I just try to be my unfiltered self. If some of it sounds like something someone else has said before? Hey, it happens to all of us. Sometimes great minds think alike. I do like however to try and bring a new perspective to ideas that everyone may have thought they already had all figured out.

    Just have fun. I don't see how you can lose if you do that.

  • I just try to be my unfiltered self. If some of it sounds like something someone else has said before? Hey, it happens to all of us. Sometimes great minds think alike. I do like however to try and bring a new perspective to ideas that everyone may have thought they already had all figured out.

    Just have fun. I don't see how you can lose if you do that.

  • I just try to be my unfiltered self. If some of it sounds like something someone else has said before? Hey, it happens to all of us. Sometimes great minds think alike. I do like however to try and bring a new perspective to ideas that everyone may have thought they already had all figured out.

    Just have fun. I don't see how you can lose if you do that.

  • I just try to be my unfiltered self. If some of it sounds like something someone else has said before? Hey, it happens to all of us. Sometimes great minds think alike. I do like however to try and bring a new perspective to ideas that everyone may have thought they already had all figured out.

    Just have fun. I don't see how you can lose if you do that.

  • I'm always glad to see a new e-mail from Social Media Explorer. I get more immediately useful information and insights from the writers here than all my other “feeds” on social media combined.

  • I'm always glad to see a new e-mail from Social Media Explorer. I get more immediately useful information and insights from the writers here than all my other “feeds” on social media combined.

  • I'm always glad to see a new e-mail from Social Media Explorer. I get more immediately useful information and insights from the writers here than all my other “feeds” on social media combined.

  • I'm always glad to see a new e-mail from Social Media Explorer. I get more immediately useful information and insights from the writers here than all my other “feeds” on social media combined.

  • I'm always glad to see a new e-mail from Social Media Explorer. I get more immediately useful information and insights from the writers here than all my other “feeds” on social media combined.

  • I'm always glad to see a new e-mail from Social Media Explorer. I get more immediately useful information and insights from the writers here than all my other “feeds” on social media combined.

  • Unfortunately, the more I read advice from people who suggest echoing is bad, the more I see it from those people. It's time people start taking their own medicine, because I'm watching a lot of blogs and 90% of it is the same with different names.

  • Unfortunately, the more I read advice from people who suggest echoing is bad, the more I see it from those people. It's time people start taking their own medicine, because I'm watching a lot of blogs and 90% of it is the same with different names.

  • Unfortunately, the more I read advice from people who suggest echoing is bad, the more I see it from those people. It's time people start taking their own medicine, because I'm watching a lot of blogs and 90% of it is the same with different names.

  • Unfortunately, the more I read advice from people who suggest echoing is bad, the more I see it from those people. It's time people start taking their own medicine, because I'm watching a lot of blogs and 90% of it is the same with different names.

  • Unfortunately, the more I read advice from people who suggest echoing is bad, the more I see it from those people. It's time people start taking their own medicine, because I'm watching a lot of blogs and 90% of it is the same with different names.

  • Unfortunately, the more I read advice from people who suggest echoing is bad, the more I see it from those people. It's time people start taking their own medicine, because I'm watching a lot of blogs and 90% of it is the same with different names.

  • I think another important point to add t your list is to actually form an opinion. Do some thinking on your own.

    So many people read books, blog posts, and tweets, but they don’t take time to actually think independently from their reading material. After reading something, think for a minute. Ask yourself a few questions. What was the writer trying to convey? What did they leave out? Did you agree with everything? If you had written the post, what would you have done differently?

    After you’ve thought about the material for a minute you should have plenty of original material.

  • I think another important point to add t your list is to actually form an opinion. Do some thinking on your own.

    So many people read books, blog posts, and tweets, but they don’t take time to actually think independently from their reading material. After reading something, think for a minute. Ask yourself a few questions. What was the writer trying to convey? What did they leave out? Did you agree with everything? If you had written the post, what would you have done differently?

    After you’ve thought about the material for a minute you should have plenty of original material.

  • I think another important point to add t your list is to actually form an opinion. Do some thinking on your own.

    So many people read books, blog posts, and tweets, but they don’t take time to actually think independently from their reading material. After reading something, think for a minute. Ask yourself a few questions. What was the writer trying to convey? What did they leave out? Did you agree with everything? If you had written the post, what would you have done differently?

    After you’ve thought about the material for a minute you should have plenty of original material.

  • I think another important point to add t your list is to actually form an opinion. Do some thinking on your own.

    So many people read books, blog posts, and tweets, but they don’t take time to actually think independently from their reading material. After reading something, think for a minute. Ask yourself a few questions. What was the writer trying to convey? What did they leave out? Did you agree with everything? If you had written the post, what would you have done differently?

    After you’ve thought about the material for a minute you should have plenty of original material.

  • I think another important point to add t your list is to actually form an opinion. Do some thinking on your own.

    So many people read books, blog posts, and tweets, but they don’t take time to actually think independently from their reading material. After reading something, think for a minute. Ask yourself a few questions. What was the writer trying to convey? What did they leave out? Did you agree with everything? If you had written the post, what would you have done differently?

    After you’ve thought about the material for a minute you should have plenty of original material.

  • I think another important point to add t your list is to actually form an opinion. Do some thinking on your own.

    So many people read books, blog posts, and tweets, but they don’t take time to actually think independently from their reading material. After reading something, think for a minute. Ask yourself a few questions. What was the writer trying to convey? What did they leave out? Did you agree with everything? If you had written the post, what would you have done differently?

    After you’ve thought about the material for a minute you should have plenty of original material.

  • This ties along with #1 and creating original content but try something new. Maybe if everyone is doing written content, try video. Try online radio, try a combo of all three. Trying new things can help you be creative and original.

  • This ties along with #1 and creating original content but try something new. Maybe if everyone is doing written content, try video. Try online radio, try a combo of all three. Trying new things can help you be creative and original.

  • This ties along with #1 and creating original content but try something new. Maybe if everyone is doing written content, try video. Try online radio, try a combo of all three. Trying new things can help you be creative and original.

  • This ties along with #1 and creating original content but try something new. Maybe if everyone is doing written content, try video. Try online radio, try a combo of all three. Trying new things can help you be creative and original.

  • This ties along with #1 and creating original content but try something new. Maybe if everyone is doing written content, try video. Try online radio, try a combo of all three. Trying new things can help you be creative and original.

  • This ties along with #1 and creating original content but try something new. Maybe if everyone is doing written content, try video. Try online radio, try a combo of all three. Trying new things can help you be creative and original.

  • This is a timely post, David. The echo chamber is an alluring mistress, and we're all vulnerable to the immitation trap.

    One thing those of us in the communications industry (PR, marketing, social media) forget is that social media isn't just for communications pros. If you're a woodworker or an auto dealer, you probably have no clue who Chris Brogan and Robert Scoble are. And yet, we “social media experts” point to them as the blueprint. No wonder there are so many clones.

    Yes, develop your own voice, absolutely. And while you're discovering that voice, try listening to bloggers who DON'T blog about blogging. Follow Twitter users who don't Twitter about Twitter.

  • This is a timely post, David. The echo chamber is an alluring mistress, and we're all vulnerable to the immitation trap.

    One thing those of us in the communications industry (PR, marketing, social media) forget is that social media isn't just for communications pros. If you're a woodworker or an auto dealer, you probably have no clue who Chris Brogan and Robert Scoble are. And yet, we “social media experts” point to them as the blueprint. No wonder there are so many clones.

    Yes, develop your own voice, absolutely. And while you're discovering that voice, try listening to bloggers who DON'T blog about blogging. Follow Twitter users who don't Twitter about Twitter.

  • This is a timely post, David. The echo chamber is an alluring mistress, and we're all vulnerable to the immitation trap.

    One thing those of us in the communications industry (PR, marketing, social media) forget is that social media isn't just for communications pros. If you're a woodworker or an auto dealer, you probably have no clue who Chris Brogan and Robert Scoble are. And yet, we “social media experts” point to them as the blueprint. No wonder there are so many clones.

    Yes, develop your own voice, absolutely. And while you're discovering that voice, try listening to bloggers who DON'T blog about blogging. Follow Twitter users who don't Twitter about Twitter.

  • This is a timely post, David. The echo chamber is an alluring mistress, and we're all vulnerable to the immitation trap.

    One thing those of us in the communications industry (PR, marketing, social media) forget is that social media isn't just for communications pros. If you're a woodworker or an auto dealer, you probably have no clue who Chris Brogan and Robert Scoble are. And yet, we “social media experts” point to them as the blueprint. No wonder there are so many clones.

    Yes, develop your own voice, absolutely. And while you're discovering that voice, try listening to bloggers who DON'T blog about blogging. Follow Twitter users who don't Twitter about Twitter.

  • This is a timely post, David. The echo chamber is an alluring mistress, and we're all vulnerable to the immitation trap.

    One thing those of us in the communications industry (PR, marketing, social media) forget is that social media isn't just for communications pros. If you're a woodworker or an auto dealer, you probably have no clue who Chris Brogan and Robert Scoble are. And yet, we “social media experts” point to them as the blueprint. No wonder there are so many clones.

    Yes, develop your own voice, absolutely. And while you're discovering that voice, try listening to bloggers who DON'T blog about blogging. Follow Twitter users who don't Twitter about Twitter.

  • This is a timely post, David. The echo chamber is an alluring mistress, and we're all vulnerable to the immitation trap.

    One thing those of us in the communications industry (PR, marketing, social media) forget is that social media isn't just for communications pros. If you're a woodworker or an auto dealer, you probably have no clue who Chris Brogan and Robert Scoble are. And yet, we “social media experts” point to them up as the blueprint. No wonder there are so many clones.

    Yes, develop your own voice, absolutely. And while you're discovering that voice, try listening to bloggers who DON'T blog about blogging. Follow Twitter users who don't Twitter about Twitter.

  • I think a mash-up for tips 3 and 5 Be Human / Be Confident is to put yourself out there. I'm experimenting on twitter with responding to people I don't know with empathy. Because I think the idea of everyone having their own personal cheering section is cool.

    Imagine a world where people always brought their A game because they knew that someone, even a random, had their back. :)

    If someone shares a triumph on twitter, I tell them they're awesome! If someone shares a struggle or defeat, I let them know that I think that sucks. Its different and I'm sure that a large portion of people find it odd, but I do get responses back.

    Responses that may or may not lead to an idle conversation; that may or may not lead to some kind of rapport; that may or may not lead into some kind of relationship.

    :)

  • I think a mash-up for tips 3 and 5 Be Human / Be Confident is to put yourself out there. I'm experimenting on twitter with responding to people I don't know with empathy. Because I think the idea of everyone having their own personal cheering section is cool.

    Imagine a world where people always brought their A game because they knew that someone, even a random, had their back. :)

    If someone shares a triumph on twitter, I tell them they're awesome! If someone shares a struggle or defeat, I let them know that I think that sucks. Its different and I'm sure that a large portion of people find it odd, but I do get responses back.

    Responses that may or may not lead to an idle conversation; that may or may not lead to some kind of rapport; that may or may not lead into some kind of relationship.

    :)

  • I think a mash-up for tips 3 and 5 Be Human / Be Confident is to put yourself out there. I'm experimenting on twitter with responding to people I don't know with empathy. Because I think the idea of everyone having their own personal cheering section is cool.

    Imagine a world where people always brought their A game because they knew that someone, even a random, had their back. :)

    If someone shares a triumph on twitter, I tell them they're awesome! If someone shares a struggle or defeat, I let them know that I think that sucks. Its different and I'm sure that a large portion of people find it odd, but I do get responses back.

    Responses that may or may not lead to an idle conversation; that may or may not lead to some kind of rapport; that may or may not lead into some kind of relationship.

    :)

  • I think a mash-up for tips 3 and 5 Be Human / Be Confident is to put yourself out there. I'm experimenting on twitter with responding to people I don't know with empathy. Because I think the idea of everyone having their own personal cheering section is cool.

    Imagine a world where people always brought their A game because they knew that someone, even a random, had their back. :)

    If someone shares a triumph on twitter, I tell them they're awesome! If someone shares a struggle or defeat, I let them know that I think that sucks. Its different and I'm sure that a large portion of people find it odd, but I do get responses back.

    Responses that may or may not lead to an idle conversation; that may or may not lead to some kind of rapport; that may or may not lead into some kind of relationship.

    :)

  • I think a mash-up for tips 3 and 5 Be Human / Be Confident is to put yourself out there. I'm experimenting on twitter with responding to people I don't know with empathy. Because I think the idea of everyone having their own personal cheering section is cool.

    Imagine a world where people always brought their A game because they knew that someone, even a random, had their back. :)

    If someone shares a triumph on twitter, I tell them they're awesome! If someone shares a struggle or defeat, I let them know that I think that sucks. Its different and I'm sure that a large portion of people find it odd, but I do get responses back.

    Responses that may or may not lead to an idle conversation; that may or may not lead to some kind of rapport; that may or may not lead into some kind of relationship.

    :)

  • I think a mash-up for tips 3 and 5 Be Human / Be Confident is to put yourself out there. I'm experimenting on twitter with responding to people I don't know with empathy. Because I think the idea of everyone having their own personal cheering section is cool.

    Imagine a world where people always brought their A game because they knew that someone, even a random, had their back. :)

    If someone shares a triumph on twitter, I tell them they're awesome! If someone shares a struggle or defeat, I let them know that I think that sucks. Its different and I'm sure that a large portion of people find it odd, but I do get responses back.

    Responses that may or may not lead to an idle conversation; that may or may not lead to some kind of rapport; that may or may not lead into some kind of relationship.

    :)