To Social Media with Love

To Social Media with Love

When social media first started to grow, one couldn’t be faulted for thinking (based on traditional media history) that it would be nothing more than a self-promotional and self aggrandizing weapon of mass annoyance. One might also be forgiven for assuming that it was going to simply show us the darker side of humanity. When you consider that traditional media channels relegate the “better angels of our nature” to page 30 or the last two minutes of a newscast, you can understand that perspective.

However, with all the dark side glimpses and the demons who have perched themselves on the web, social has often shown us our better natures and the staggering power of harmonic voices challenging us to do and be better.

Almost everyday social media reveals (to me at least) the magic which surrounds us.

Social media demonstrates the special gifts we all have to share. It reminds us that human potential is what magic really is. It challenges, provokes and inspires.

This is my thank you letter to social media and to the people who make up the communities which drive social and the web. I wonder if we all appreciate that we are not just participating, but building something wonderful, something amazing.

What makes social wondrous is us. Social media fans the spark which exists in all of us and among some of us, creates a fire which blazes and lights up the world.

We are magic and we are amazing when we share ourselves, our gifts, our hopes and even our fears. Perspective is important to a good life and social media puts that perspective close at hand every day – a passing glance or a piercing stare at the human condition.

We express our dreams and enumerate our fears via social media. But most of all we desperately try to escape, connect and commune with others. Alchemists all, we combine the volatile chemicals of human interactions and more often than not, create gold. Perhaps rarely magnificent, but often together, simply wonderful.

You don’t “win” social media, you participate. You join the community which drives it and you serve that community and enrich it. If you want to be recognized by a community then you need to contribute something worthwhile to it. There will always be those who will try exploit communities, but this assures they will live their lives on the extremities of the very bodies they attempt to corrupt.

So I want to thank you for sharing and contributing to a world which is becoming increasingly more social and thus (I believe) more human.

As individuals we are travelers, but when joined as communities, we are home.

  • http://twitter.com/paylane/status/66406854338691072 PayLane

    To Social Media with Love http://ow.ly/4OriA #socialMedia

  • http://twitter.com/b2bmarketingz/status/66422147203088384 Tony Karrer

    To Social Media with Love http://bit.ly/il1sTI

  • http://twitter.com/hugeheadca/status/66473258941292544 Jim Ducharme

    Perhaps rarely magnificent, but often together, simply wonderful. To Social Media with Love – my latest http://bit.ly/lkTw1V #smday #smdaybe

  • http://twitter.com/smarketingforum/status/67137429643071489 SocialMarketingForum

    To Social Media with Love: http://ow.ly/4PCtY

  • http://twitter.com/marketingtwitz/status/67147988690157568 Renilde De Wit

    To Social Media with Love: http://ow.ly/4PCuk

  • http://twitter.com/mgutweiler/status/67208863342006272 Michael Gutweiler

    RT @smarketingforum: To Social Media with Love http://bit.ly/iVWglb —> A great morning article from @hugeheadca (perfect for today)

  • http://twitter.com/thesocialbrands/status/67497565486194689 The Social Brands

    To Social Media with Love.You don’t “win” social media, you participate..-Nikos http://fb.me/ZxX5uh45

  • http://twitter.com/thomasports/status/67938795588304896 Thomas Ports

    "To Social Media with Love" – http://bit.ly/iVWglb – Via @smarketingforum – Interesting blog post here #SocialMedia

  • http://twitter.com/netizency/status/72444890159661057 Netizency

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  • http://twitter.com/netizency/status/72747369015422976 Netizency

    To Social Media with Love http://goo.gl/XhNgI #socialmedia

  • http://twitter.com/jadhindy/status/72748810765479936 Jad Hindy

    To Social Media with Love http://goo.gl/XhNgI #socialmedia

  • http://twitter.com/ljcrest/status/73032457129181185 Laura Crest

    RT @smarketingforum: To Social Media with Love http://t.co/29aZntW via @hugeheadca

  • http://twitter.com/remybergsma/status/73038052141969408 Remy Bergsma

    RT @hugeheadca: To Social Media with Love http://bit.ly/lkTw1V

  • http://twitter.com/socialmediainf/status/85915131992735744 Tony Karrer

    To Social Media with Love http://bit.ly/jX62s9 http://bit.ly/aDy0Yz

  • http://twitter.com/b2bmarketingz/status/85924861100302336 Tony Karrer

    To Social Media with Love http://bit.ly/mSs9co

  • Anonymous

    Hi Jim– I also love social media like you do and it’s all about people.  In my case, I’m thanking my community by running this 4th of July contest where I’m giving away a year of subscription for free, without any obligations… and I’m sharing just in case you find it something you want to share as well with your peers:  http://garious.com/blog/2011/07/garious-rewards-you-with-a-gift-of-freedom-this-independence-day/

  • http://twitter.com/sandywasfy/status/95363281430118400 sandy

    I Like:) from Social Media with Love. http://t.co/0rKoSiK #Socialmedia #SM #30July

  • http://twitter.com/webmaisterpro Kaloyan Banev

    I just missed it, but I hope I will join next year. Just lack of information, the first time I see about the day is on this blog.

  • guest

    ive just started a new job doing social media marketing, im 23 and over in NYC for the summer, i absolutely love my job its amazing, however have any of you guys got any tips on how to increase ur followers and get more traffic to the website?? 

  • guest

    ive just started a new job doing social media marketing, im 23 and over in NYC for the summer, i absolutely love my job its amazing, however have any of you guys got any tips on how to increase ur followers and get more traffic to the website?? 

  • http://twitter.com/duchakki/status/141671561697558528 Louane

    To Social Media with Love – #DuchakkiInterestingRead – http://t.co/Ql6I1CDY

  • smith appy

    Do most social media sites by and large are set up to be easy to use and
    navigate. This allows even the less than ‘tech savvy’ to become involved
    but they also bring along their own naive nature relative to internet
    security issues.Reputation Management

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