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  • http://twitter.com/GossipISM Gossip Ink.

    Hi Jeff / Lisa

    Excellent read, love it.

    Though I don’t quite agree with point 9 “we are more authentic”

    I actually think that social media is causing the opposite.  a term “keyboard warrior” comes to mind.

    I use social media every day and i see many people using it to convey a perception of themselves that they want other’s to see.  ”I bought an expensive car”, “I’m going overseas again”, “here are more pictures of my kids that are better than yours” and to me the boundary of authenticity, arrogance, and perception gets greatly blurred.

    though if indeed these people are arrogant and egotistical, than you comment or authenticity is 100%

    but i still think that people online, are never really what they are in real life.


  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Jeff and Lisa,

    Excellent article which makes many good points.

    Support being visible, this one jumps out at me.

    I am travelling Southeast Asia for 9 months now. Here in Thailand when I check out travel brochures, I am seeing hotels in places like Koh Samui listing their Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flick accounts below their advertisements. The support is uber visible.

    Not only that, it makes it a zillion times easier to connect with these folks. My girlfriend and I have been booking places through email or websites. It’s been about 95% cyber, each of our bookings, and having Facebook Fan Pages or twitter accounts – especially when people are responsive – makes an absolute world of difference.

    Even as we traveled through rural Laos last week, in the middle of nowhere in a Communist country, farmers and their kids are tweeting and checking their Facebook on hand-helds. I am not kidding. This trip has been immensely eye-opening. Internet cafes are everywhere here and in every cafe at least 5 people are on Facebook, with more and more on Twitter and Youtube as well…and this is in “the middle of nowhere”, in many places.

    Before this trip I would tell you that people who use social media are Westerners who want to grow their businesses or chat about mundane stuff. I had no clue the rate at which people in rural, exotic locales have adopted SM, but after being in places like Laos, Cambodia, Bali, Burma and Thailand over the past 9 months, my perception has changed dramatically.

    Thanks for sharing your insight guys.


  • http://twitter.com/ConnorMeaks Connor Meakin

    Some good points raised in this article.I would add that some social media is disengaging face 2 face conversations to a certain extent. Some people rely on social media channels as function of reality. I think the norms are changing. People are prioritizing online and mobile conversations sometimes at the cost of real life interactions. what are your thoughts?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Lockwood-Schott/668246531 Pamela Lockwood Schott

    Great post, Lisa. For me, the power of social media makes me seek out more and more the face-to-face interactions that come as a result of connecting with people I would never otherwise know. The world truly is at our fingertips!

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  • http://www.socialmediapearls.com Shirley Williams

    Love this post. Social media has taken away traditional boundaries, borders  and silos.  We truly are living in a more transparent environment and so there is an adjustment for those who are uncomfortable with this level of transparency. On the other side of the coin, it is quite liberating!

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    This is a great post and definitely true.  The power we now have available to us through social media is nothing short of amazing.

  • http://www.jacquelynlynn.com/ Jacquelyn Lynn

    Great post, Lisa. Social media is transforming our world in essentially every way. But even as the proverbial walls have tumbled down, all of us — not just businesses but individuals — should develop a social media strategy so that we can maintain some degree of control as we explore and exhilarate in this amazing new world.

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    SM gives an opportunity for a much wider range of conversations with the world than what used to be possible. We are no longer confined to our local school, church, or job for information or ideas.

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  • Richard Anderson

    Lisa, , this is an excellent post and a timely reminder of the power and connectivity of social media. As someone who uses social media daily, it’s easy to lose sight of the reach our musings often have. Let’s hope social media contributes more to those countries whose voice is yet to be heard in all its uncensored glory!

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