It was Socrates who said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He was a smart guy. If he thinks it was a good idea, I would tend to agree. But how do you do it? How does one examine anything, where do you start? I think it is easier to start at the end. At the end of your life what would you like to look back on and be able to say, “I did it, I really loved that and I did it well!”
At the end of my life I would like to say that I surrounded myself with people who loved me and who I loved in return. I have through various points in my life realised the importance of a strong support network. We cannot live in isolation. We must allow people to take care of us. We all have so much to give, but we need to find the right people to give it to. If we love well, we live well.
What does this have to do with social media? When you are looking for people to friend and follow and share your online life with chose carefully. If someone follows you, you don’t have to follow back. Find the right ones, the ones who have things to say that you want to hear. On other side of the coin, find people who you think you can offer value to. You might know them in your real life. You may find them during late night Internet surfing. Either way find those to matter to you and your network will organically take care of itself.
Now who do you want in your life, go out and find them!