“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
The more things change the more things stay the same. I say that because Aristotle lived in a very different world to ours, but the principles of what it is to have a good life are the same.
Life can be a choppy journey and part of the search for stability is finding people like you. You become each other’s life raft. How do you make sure someone sees your distress signal?
Be sure to fire them off in the right direction. There is a school of thought in social media, one should friend fast and often. I say friend few and slow. The internet was constructed to be a popularity contest. I don’t know about you but I left high school many years ago. I don’t want to be the most popular girl in the world, I want true and authentic relationships with people who understand me.
Supportive relationships are built on trust and honesty. If you are a small business, of course that is one of your main concerns. You also don’t want to run the risk of alienating people by constantly talking about yourself.
This brings me to Twitter fundamental number two, if you wouldn’t do it in real life, don’t do it online. Make a list of behaviors you find rude or off putting. Now put that beside your computer and don’t do it!
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