Social Media, as the most influential virtual pathway to connectedness, requires some guidance to experience it in the most meaningful and friendly way. As the name suggests, it is first and foremost social. Social means that people are united and like all great ideals, this one too, is provided with a common set of laws that provide a sound foundation for communication, exchange and connection to unfold in the best way possible.
I call them the four Laws of Social Media Success:
Social media is a space where connection is not only possible but more than that is its foundation. Relationships are so precious that, like any other valuable thing, they must be handled responsibly. Relationships are a sweet responsibility and for a reason. It has the power to build long lasting friendships, business opportunities, realization of personal growth and much more.
Humans are the first source of connectedness and as such should be treated with great care. Responsibility gives you an instantly recognizable sense of leadership as magnetic, trustworthy and an inner authority. It gives you space to be and feel trusted. Take responsibility for your information, shares and links.
The nature of Social Media is virtual and like any other virtual space, the emphasis on authenticity is very important. Humans looking for connection on Social Media haven’t found it anywhere else. It’s first and foremost looking for a space of authenticity. The world transmits too many fakes and hidden passages through its main communication channels. What the world craves is a sense of authenticity that reminds it that there is Truth behind all the deception.
Authenticity gives you edge, uniqueness, originality and it gives you a way to be you without compromise. When humans can experience self-expression, they can share space for others to experience it. Be authentic in your relationship.
3). Interaction and Connection
Social Media, like other communication inventions is a product of an individual’s innate need to connect, interact, discover, learn, and grow. The most perfect tool to expand awareness. As long as the tool exists, how to use it remains in the hands of those who hold the power to distribute it. Interacting with others is key.
The implied interactions were listening, responding, encouraging, and supporting. It is based on what a person can give, share and offer without expecting anything in return. The blessing of social media lies in the purity of intention to establish friendship. Be interactive with respect, purity of intent and service.
The highest form of relationship is Divine Love. Technology has reminded us of a place to convey these feelings using virtual as the fastest way to share it. The realization that life can be shared not because it is touched physically but because it is changed internally is one of the most touching realizations that Social Media has to offer.
What else but Love can connect people who have never met or know anything about others but are willing to open up safely to strangers? There is only one: Love. Social Media deals with Love and the reason why it is so important to value our virtual connections is because they give a truer picture of how we love ourselves than any other close physical relationship. Be Compassionate in sharing.
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