It’s a little late for New Year’s resolutions but given its still the first quarter, this can count. Here are three things lurkers, like me, can commit to for the remainder of 2015.
1. Engage - I’m going to make a comment on a colleague’s post at least once a week. I’m well-connected on LinkedIn and many of my colleagues, like myself, post articles. Those who take the time to write about something interesting and helpful, showing their expertise, deserve a kind response. If you’ve never written or published – you may not realize how hard it is.
2. Get Personal - I will lighten up and do a better job of posting something more interesting on Facebook at least once a week that isn’t about ISIS, neuroscience or someone’s dissertation findings. You will never get me to do selfies (hate those) but I have a very interesting husband, lovely children and a dog that makes me laugh every day. My life is not at all artificial, even though sharing it on social media may make it feel so. People use this platform to connect and so I will try to do a better job joining in so others can experience that connection with me.
3. Make a Contribution - I will be LESS of a lurker (baby steps) and join in electronically versus hanging out in judgment on the sidelines. I won’t scroll through my friend’s posts and just think interesting thoughts. I will reply with kindness (if it’s real) and contribute to the electronic conversation. I’m not going to post pictures of my dinner, my gym workouts or my location every time I fly. However, I may start posting more things that I find interesting, like the 32 geese (yes, I counted) that were hanging out in my cul-de-sac this morning. That’s something you don’t see every day. Or a picture of my daughter who made the Honor Roll at school. Unfortunately, that’s not something I see every day either!
What’s your perception of social media and how have you gone from lurker to confident contributor so that people can experience and connect with you?