My last few posts have been about the darker side of social media and thus I wanted to clear something up. I am the biggest champion of social media that you will find and here's why. I may get a little spicy sometimes, but that doesn't diminish all the "good" things about this crazy space and all that it delivers to us daily. So get a gander at these 15 reasons and when you're done reading them add your reason to the mix.
1) Today I have a very large network of close and semi-close contacts that I can reach out to at a moments notice. Chances are, you do too! 4 years ago, I did not have anything remotely close to this type of network.
2) If I need a really good PR firm for example, I can contact that person today and we'd know each other well enough to have a very nice conversation... without the usual vetting process. The confluence of PR and social media ain't no coincidence.
3) If I wanted to have someone guest post on my blog and bring their incredible smartness and knowledge to the table, all I have to do is ask. Have you ever thought of asking someone? You should. There might be some really smart folks in your network and you might not even know they are following you!
4) If I have to refer a killer web design person to someone, I can do that in 5 seconds. I'm sure you know of someone too. I could come up with a list of 10 in no time.
6) How about a good social media monitoring company? I can help you, I know a few good people there. What's great about this one particular company? They don't push the product, they just act like normal people should act.
7) Want to know who you need to contact in regards to social media and non-profits? Here's one for you. Thanks to social media, these people have a chance to influence us in a way that allows us and them to make a difference in this world. We need more of that.
8. Because of social media, my network, no matter how jaded or pissed I can get sometimes, allows me to get jaded and pissed... and they're ok with that. They still like me in the morning.
9) Social media has allowed me to contribute to one book and create a rough draft for another. It's allowed me to present at conferences, write articles in magazines and speak on the radio and create projects that connect some very dynamic people together.
10) Without social media none of us would be allowed to share the cool things we are doing 24/7/365. That doesn't mean we always care about all of it, but you have a channel to express yourself now that you didn't have before.
11) If I need help, all I have to do is ask. Need proof? Check out the 50 people that have hosted Hashtagsocialmedia. I asked and they said yes.
12) If I'm asked to help or assist on something, and because I generally know who is doing the asking, I don't hesitate, thanks to social media.
13) Because of social media, when I meet someone for the first time, like a Jason Falls for example, I generally am "not meeting" them for the first time. We already know each other.
14) Because of social media, we have something to talk and write about every day.
15) If I didn't know you before and now I do, chances are it's because of social media.
At the end of the day, it's still all about the relationships, the connections, and the conversations. For that, I'm thankful.