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Break Free From Social Media If You Need To!

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I was recently asked by a bartender as I was ordering a cold pint of Creemore what I thought social media meant exactly.  The question seemed odd, actually let me rephrase, the timing was odd.  I never really did get to answer him, as quickly as the question reached my auditory canals mr. bartender was being summoned from across the bar by a patron clearly on the verge of shrivel if they didn’t throw a G & T down the hatch and fast.  Mr. bartender scurried away to grab the order.  I thought about how I would’ve answered and unfortunately my answer seems to have been dipped in thick molasses rolled in cotton sprayed with veneer.  Social media is all things confusing and life sucking for some and for others it’s a relaxing walk down a pier somewhere in Cape Cod or a quick jump into a sprinkler on a hot sticky humid day.  If you’re feeling it’s too overwhelming, time consuming and just a big boring alternative to reading gossip columns, step away from it all.  No one will hold it against you.

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The bite of social connectivity

Curious, how many of us are guilty of sending an email to someone then following it up with a text letting said receiver know that a message was sent? I caught myself doing that earlier and I have to say that it is the dumbest thing I’ve done this morning. Our devices are facilitating odd behaviours, the need to connect using every single medium possible, I mean if I could’ve I would’ve probably followed up the follow up text by sending over an elder precariously balancing a scroll displaying repeated scribblings to the person’s home. Have I lost it? The need and the urgency for response is possessing us and creating salivations similar to sharks teased by molecules of blood bobbing choppy waters. Someone please pull out that hook and yank me off of that stage before I sink further into the depths of impatience and control. I’m blaming devices as I would icy sidewalks for falling over and over again. It’s not the ‘thing’, it’s me. The problem lies beneath the surface of overly priced tracking devices and the need to breadcrumb our social networks for even more attention and response. Step away from the table once you’re done eating.

All that and a bag of online sharing.

Photo sharing.  Sharing period.  It’s become a big part of what we do online.  We’re digital vessels, mining carts for gems and precious metals.  We find what we like and we share.  It’s good.  Very good.  Some of what we find may be bright and shiny one minute then slowly start to fade as it gets handled by the hundreds of hands it passes thru.  But not always.  So share to your heart’s content.  Not only is it fun, it’s beneficial in so many ways.  I was part of the mixed tape generation, those years gone to dust and most wouldn’t even know what that would mean exactly but that action, that time period truly was the pyramid of sharing and allowing others to get a glimpse into different slices of our being, our personalities.  Reach out and share a friend’s work whether it’s art, music or a clever quote, it’s a handshake and a pat on the back for many.  There aren’t shelves for these miniature digital trophies but people watch, listen and remember.

connect to collect, thinking beyond the social shoebox


Fall. New beginnings. Embrace the unknown. Spring you’ll be much appreciated when its time to clean my fallout. I’m adding, collecting, hoarding ingredients for my stew. Bruised victims step right up, I won’t be sending any one of you down a short plank. One without the other weakens the mix. Thin’s not in that’s for sure. It’s time to harvest those connections, new and old. If someone hands you a business card, don’t use it to pick your teeth. I can’t tell you how many wasted hours I’ve spent searching for that one card only to find it folded over nesting my once chewed wad of gum. Trust me on this one, you just never know when you’ll need to call Jim the plumber who works Sundays. Collect and contain those contacts. Make sure they’re recorded and saved in some sort of digital format. I was once a fan of the shoebox filing system but that concept was thrown out long ago when my carefully labeled system a la Adidas boxes accidentally found themselves surfing down the garbage shoot to hell. It’s one thing to finally get the gumption to make that first step, grab that card, shake that hand and make that connection, now keep it. And not in boxes and tissues. Keep those connections and house them in all of the digital cabins you own.

connecting networking rekindling oh my

I’ve decided to pick up the phone and make calls.  Yes actual phone calls to people I haven’t spoken to or seen in ages, maybe even decades.  What are their names again?  Oh who cares.  We shared a locker in high school.  They’ll remember the days of mouldy oranges trapped within the confines of smelly running shoes and old winter sweaters underneath all that metal shelving.  And sharing quick drags off of each other’s cigarettes was a way to connect with the mates to stay cool.  Who are those people again?  I’m blowing the dust off my yearbooks as I type this. Coin collecting is so passé, I want to collect friends.  I’ll use Facebook and frantically start friending, friending…what an odd word.

Seem kind of ridiculous?  Indeed.  Casting a net to rekindle isn’t genuine.  Facebook and all of it’s digital brothers and sisters like Twitter and Linkedin are a great party and they know it.  Find out how you can use them in other ways too tho’.  This may be a cold shower talking but build and nurture an audience to create meaningful dialogue.  Whether these social robots are used to promote the latest bacon cheese fondue recipe, a new litter of kittens or to tell others about a shoe deal for your footwear company, the social fembots are much more than just cats in sweaters.  Let me ask, what do you mainly use Facebook for?

 

rushing to the social hydrant

So there’s always somewhere to go, somewhere to be.  Claim stake or be left in the dust.  We rush to those fire hydrants like a pack of NYC rat dwellers letting others know where we’ve been and possibly where we’re going.  Then we move on.   What’s it all about?  Smartphones and communication devices are adorned in ridiculously expensive accoutrements, much like luggage.  Gucci vs Walmart.  Ever stand and wonder what could possibly be in those pieces of luggage hugging those airport conveyor belts?  Beware of all things tressed in sparkles and silver foiled cupcake leaves.  I miss the days of my 2 pounder cellphone begging and pleading with the universe for a signal through it’s hand crafted paper clip gently poking my coat pocket.  

 
Warning: device dependence is on the rise.  Addiction centres and programs coming soon.  Yes, we need devices to communicate but don’t let that little hunk of junk take you hostage.   When was the last time you actually dialled that thing to talk.  To listen.  To share.  We’re all guilty of the digital pacification methods we use to buy us more time, censor our thoughts.  If  it weren’t for that backspace button, I’d be alone in life.  Verbal reactionary conversation is a rare species and will become endangered if we’re not careful.  
 
Engagement.  Make sure it’s real.  Make it meaningful.  The scheduled ‘like’ button click race is wearing people thin.  We’re forgetting how to engage in meaningful ways.  Think long term.  Quick hits of inhalations through plastic tubes never last.   We’re here to shape our fortresses so shape them.  Use that device of choice to break ground, to transport each brick and slab.  That fortress needs to be solid so make it built to last.
 

Walking on social ground with a different set of legs

Right at the core, Hogpie is about relationship building, connecting and networking made easy, made real by permeating that online social stratosphere and bringing engagement back down to earth with simple sustainable marketing solutions.
Join in the conversation and let’s get back to basics using social media networking avenues as tools for your overall relationship building and facilitators for cosmic connections.  Let them be the repositories for your real networkings.  Simple person to person interactions really do stand the test of time.