Social Media Day: Are we ready to be completely open?

Social media has changed our lives. It has not only changed the way we communicate, but the way we connect with one another, consume our news, conduct our work, organize our lives, and much more. So why not celebrate?

Thanks to @Mashable 93 countries staged over 600 Social Media Day parties around the globe. Major cities in the United States had guest speakers engage the crowds in discussion. People tweeted, checked-in and blogged about their experiences. One message on Twitter stood out to me as things came to a close. Kris Colvin (@KrisColvin) wrote, “Closing thought for #smday: I don’t think we’re really ready for the “openness” of social media, as a group of humans.”

We are so quick to comment about everything and everyone we forget to ask ourselves if we should.

Social Media has grown too quickly for its own good. It hit puberty early and wants the keys to the car. We are so quick to comment about everything and everyone we forget to ask ourselves if we should. We are training society to believe that profit and notoriety come from a quick video and a catchy phrase. Not hard work, dedication and experience. 15 minutes of fame will take too long to achieve. People want their 15 seconds of fame now.

Social Media has become less about open minded networking and more about over exposure on a microscopic level. The filter of society that we all live with has been lifted and replaced with a keyboard and nimble fingers.

We need to ask ourselves if we would say what we type face-to-face. Are you being you? Or are you building a persona to get attention, business or increase your followers and friends online?

18 Comments

  1. Jim RaffelReplyJuly 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm 

    well….it was the kindergarten years of social media….I think those of us succeeding in social media cut our teeth then.

  2. Joshua GarityReplyJuly 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm 

    Timing is everything in life and I couldn’t agree more. We can push and push all we want but life plays out how it will. Some things are just out of our control.

  3. Joshua GarityReplyJuly 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm 

    Being at the forefront of things and making mistakes early is key. Then no one sees us when we fall. Only when we pick ourselves up and stand tall.

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