Raise your hand if you think this year has gone by entirely too quickly? Of course some might be thinking it can’t pass by quick enough, huh? Back in May when I was still very much the social novice I wrote a post about perceptions and personas; and the possible disconnect when you saw or met someone for the first time.
I challenged myself to pick up the phone or Skype as many in my community as I could this year. There has been a lot written questioning how real the relationships are in social and thought this was a great next step to making it as real as it can be for me.
Look what I found
As you interact with your community, some on a daily basis and visually all you have to go by is their Avatar, you develop your own mental image of this person. Their style of writing and commenting is really all you have to go on so far.
I want my M T V
When MTV came up with the brilliant idea to video the rock stars, hip hop artist, etc; how much of a disconnect was there when you saw some of these performers for the first time? Some you imagined being just bad-ass when you heard them on the radio and then when you see them for the first time on TV it might have given you a ‘whoa now’ moment.
Rarely is your perception ‘spot on’; and the same with meeting someone in person you have only talked with on the phone before. Sometimes you might want to keep a little intrigue surrounding you, but the video chats and in real life meetings will strip most of that away.
My journey so far
Should I be concerned if half ‘unfollowed’ me after those video chats?
So, what did you think?
As Marcus would say, that was pretty dang cool. Most were pretty close to what I thought they would be. However, a couple of them surprised me but in a good way.
Mission accomplished? Well, not exactly; I still have not met any in real life. That is the ultimate determiner, right?
Guess what I am doing on Monday?
The PRSA International Conference is in Orlando this week and a handful of my mentions will be there. Even though I am not a ‘PR’ guy, I have been invited to crash their ‘tweet up’ by the pool on Monday night. I was on the fence whether to attend until I heard there would be food and free drinks. That’s a no-brainer for me BTW.
So, come Monday night I will have the opportunity for the first time to meet Gini Dietrich, Shonali Burke, Adam Toporek and others live and in person. I’m pretty excited; I’m just trying to figure out how to lose twenty pounds before then and should I dye my hair? And if I dye my hair will it bleed in the pool; this is a pool party, right?
What do you think?
Would you attend an event ‘just’ to meet people in your community? Once you meet them, what happens if you don’t like them; what if they don’t like you? If there is free food and drink, does it even matter?
Would you have me over for dinner?