The screenshot above is interestingly a recent Facebook thread about building relationships on Twitter. And from this image we can conclude that, whether you are engaging on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other networks, social media is still a great tool for building and maintaining relationships on both a personal and professional level.
It starts with engagement
It should be a no-brainer that all relationships start with engagement; but here we are, deep into the social media era.
Facebook was born on Feb. 4, 2004. It’s 12 years old.
Twitter was born on March 21, 2006. It’s 10 years old.
Pinterest is 7.
Instagram is a mere baby at 4 years old, but it’s still been around awhile.
And still, despite the length of time they have been around, some people haven’t learned how to use these networks.
This isn’t a new topic; we have written about it before. But it’s still a bit flummoxing why people avoid engagement on social media networks and therefore forfeit some of the great personal and professional relationships that could come from them.
How it worked for us
Fact: Jim and I met on Twitter. We later met in person and, over a period of time, I became a contractor for his company ColorMetrix. Then we became business partners for what would eventually become Whatness Websites and Words.
Fact: Jim and I met Dave Conell on Twitter. (He’s the one from the screenshot at the beginning.) Over a period of time, we all met in person and then Dave recommended us to his company. We’ve now been managing that company’s website and social media for years.
Yes, it took years. But a simple “how do you do?” on Twitter led to a contract, a partnership, a new company and yet another contract. And if the recent Facebook thread from the beginning of this post is any indication, those personal and professional relationships – started from social media – are still going strong.
Our advice? Pick whatever network(s) you want. But engage in that network. It might take years, but we bet you’ll end up with a few quality relationships in the end.