By Jared James
Although many men won’t admit it, most of us have seen movies like “Sleepless in Seattle,” so I have no hesitation in saying that it is the inspiration for my blog post title.
I have the great fortune of getting to speak at conventions all over North America, which, needless to say, lends itself to a lot of travel. It is not uncommon for friends of mine who I have known forever to tell me just how lucky I am to get to see so many places. The truth is that I really don’t get to see many of the places I go to, nor experience too much with the “locals,” because I am usually so in-and-out and off to the next place, or better yet, HOME!
That brings me to the NAR Midyear meetings that I just attended last week. I got to hang out with so many of the YPNers who I don’t usually get to see face-to-face. I realized a couple of things:
1.) Facebook and Twitter are awesome! I knew so many of you and so many of you knew me even though we had never even met. There was no awkwardness trying to get through the initial boring polite conversation. It was more like, “Hey, you are Joey Tucker or Rogers Healy,” or “Aren’t you Jared James?” Continue reading »
By Brooke Wolford
Social media is a great thing for our business. We are connecting to more consumers than ever. It’s all fine and dandy. However, is what you portray online the real you?
Recently, I attended a #tweetup. There were a lot of social media “experts.” Nowadays, who isn’t an expert? Many of the people in attendance I had connected with in Twitter and felt as if I really knew them.
The first person I had the pleasure of meeting was Teresa Boardman. I had been connected to her for a couple of years but had never met her in person. The first thing she told me is, “You look exactly like you do in your avatar.” I felt confused and glad at the same time. I said, “That’s a good thing, right?”
This made me think of issue #1 in your social media. Don’t have a fake, glamourshots-style photo of yourself. While we all want to look good and our best, people should be able to recognize you in person. It’s generally a bad idea to have pictures that only show half of your face or give the impression that you are some supermodel.
When I first signed up for Twitter, I had an avatar of myself wearing big sunglasses that I called my “pimp” picture. Luckily, Greg Sax gave me gave me advice telling me to change my picture. I was glad I took his advice and changed my picture. More People started to recognize me more in public.
Another thing I noticed at this #tweetup, was that many people acted very different. Some seemed very shy. Some seemed like a completely different person that what I had originally thought. I was very outgoing and made an attempt to talk to everyone in the room. Many in attendance hardly moved around even though most of us were connected in some social platform. I didn’t get it. Continue reading »
By Brooke Wolford
I often wonder about how a lot of people handle the relationships they make using social media. Yes, it’s great to tweet, comment, or share, but what are you doing to build an actual relationship?
I often see others posting superficial things that they don’t have a passion for and they really have no knowledge to discuss. Isn’t it true that social media is about the conversation and not just merely posting something?
I am always concerned about my privacy, and yes, there are things I chose not to share. At the same time, it’s important to let people see who you really are. I cannot be fake, no matter how hard I could possibly try. “I am who I am.”
I look back at some of the longest relationships I have had on social networking sites. I know so much about them and when I meet them IRL, I know that there will be a comfortable conversation. We will have things to laugh about. Continue reading »