Two words most of us were taught as a child to use on a regular basis.
We parroted the phrase to make our parents happy.
Then somewhere along the way, the reason behind the words clicked.
- Saying thank you felt good
- Expressing it became genuine
- Others smiled in return
We put the social in our words long before social media ruled the world.
- Have we lost our thank you?
- Has social media forgotten its manners?
Sometimes, it feels like it has.
In Chris Brogan’s weekly newsletter, he asks the question ~
Are you a good neighbor?
Chris reminisces about the days when the web was a little simpler.
- We used hyperlinks to give credit
- New bloggers were taught the etiquette
- We shared freely and gave credit to others
It’s nice to hear someone thinks like I do. After all, we all need validation, right?
A funny thing about neighbors. Is it just me? Or have the old days of knowing your neighbors given way to closed doors and not enough time?
If social media is our new neighborhood, how can we be good neighbors?
Say Thank You
A few years back, I made a conscious decision to remember to say thank you.
Even if it’s the simple act of a waitress delivering your order. Or a prospect offering you the opportunity to bid on a project.
- Then watch their reaction
- It’s often pleasant surprise
People remember good manners.
Acknowledge the Act
We all have busy lives. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day rush that we forget there is someone waiting to be heard.
- Acknowledge receipt when a person sends you information
- Let others know you recognize their efforts
- Tack on that thank you to the acknowledgement
Simple acts build lasting relationships.
Share Without Asking
Remember the first time someone shared without asking?
Perhaps it was a friend sharing a treasured toy. Or a sibling offering you the other half of his or her candy bar.
Felt good, didn’t it?
- Share a favorite post
- Review a product or service you loved
- Go beyond endorsement and write a recommendation
Sharing is the steady heartbeat of social media.
A Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood
Ellen DeGeneres closes her show every day with a beautiful sentiment ~
Be kind to one another.
It’s simply good manners.
- Say thank you
- Acknowledge others
- Share without asking
What do you do to be a good neighbor?
A final thank you to Chris Brogan for the inspiration. He is an exception to my Sunday Silence rule.
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