I’m not checking to see who wants to stay on my friends’ list, and I’m not promoting some worthy but currently unknown cause. I’m not going to monitor who likes this post, and I have no idea what you’ll think about the fact that I posted this at all. But if you find this amusing, or it made you think, or you just need some random external content to post on your wall, feel free to share and re-share this post!
For those of you who have posted the friend list check, sorry that I didn’t “like” it – it wasn’t because I don’t want to be your friend, but because I hope that I mean more to you than one like, and that missing the post wouldn’t cause you to un-friend me. For those of you that have posted a link to a worthy cause, I won’t “+1” if you don’t let me know WHY it’s so important to you – if you do, I’ll even “upvote” the fact that chocolate cookie dough ice cream allowed you to re-connect emotionally with your cocker spaniel, or that the latest sale at Shoppers was a transformative experience for your psyche! For those that tweet nothing but quotes from others, I’m likely to stop reading your feed, because I don’t care nearly as much about the doubtless timeless words of wisdom from some stranger as I care about you and why I connected with you in the first place.
I know that it’s all “on-line”, and “virtual” for most of us. But I keep telling myself that there are REAL people behind the bits and bytes, the pixels and pointers, and that REAL person, with a life that means something special to YOU, is what I want to know about. I love the pictures of your kids, or the view out your resort room window, or your family finish in a race. I click through to special causes and articles that you post when you tell me WHY you care, or why you think that I should care. I even like the outcomes of the endeavours of strangers that you care about, if their achievements inspire you, or me, to be more or better.
Let’s be real with each other, and not randomly post status updates copied and pasted from somewhere without saying what makes it so special to you. Because, when it all comes down to it, I “like/+1/RT/upvote” you for YOU!