First of two posts today. The second (Actions Speak Louder Than ‘Scores’) is here.
My friend, no my mentor, no my acquaintance, no my hero, no my associate, no just plain @MattSingley just posted this: Renewing The Line Between Public And Private where he explains his decision to launch a Fan Page on Facebook even though he hates the term (and I couldn’t concur more strongly).
But as he points out, it’s tough.
He’s a very public guy, but is Facebook the domain of his ‘friends’ or ‘connections’?
That last sentence sums up my main issue / question: What do we call all these great people we ‘meet’ via Social Media?
Connections is a bit cold, but friends?!? I’ve only met a handful of the people I’m connected to via Social Media in ‘real life’ but I really like so many of the relationships I’ve started to develop…and if I had my choice I’d have 6 billion of them. But practicality and safety say otherwise.
So, do we need a new word / term?
Maybe a definition is pointless, but as I touched on a few weeks back when we defined social media in 140 characters, a good definition lays the foundation for everything else.
And, if someone comes up with a good one, should it be added alongside ‘fan’ pages on Facebook so we have tree tiers? Or has the world just gone COMPLETELY mad?
I’d love to hear your thoughts…you know where the comments box is…
Thanks for dropping by my friend, contact, reader, human, bot etc 🙂
P.S Just for the record, my life has been totally enriched by Social Media so I can only say that the great people I’ve ‘met’ have been a blessing…but there’s always an element of ‘grey’ that can’t be avoided, sadly.