Monthly Archives: October 2009

Are we authentic?

Ever find yourself over-thinking your own tweet or @ reply on Twitter? While we all have to think about the best way to say something so that it fits within 140 characters, on several occassions over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself preparing to respond to a tweet or put forward my own thoughts, only to delete what I had typed. 

Generally one of these three reasons are to blame when I’ve backed out of a tweet:

  • Not wanting to offend the person I was replying to
  • Deciding not to voice an opinion that was perhaps against the general concensus
  • Didn’t feel it was appropriate to share a particular thought in a public forum

Digging a little deeper into the reasons behind my own actions, I’ve begun to wonder how many others have done the same thing. I can’t image it’s just me.

I think the bigger issue lies with how authentic we are when we engage with others behind a veil of social media. I’m not talking about honesty here (i.e. telling the truth) – that’s something I do without fail, never even giving it a second thought. I’m talking about being true to ourselves by sharing what’s really on our minds.

While it’s easy enough to find articles and blogs of interest and share them with others, how many of us actually say what we’re thinking and are willing to put the time and effort into a conversation to defend our thoughts? How many of us simply go with the flow and agree with the status quo?

We all engage in and leverage social media for different reasons, but if we can’t be authentic in our thoughts and in the online conversations we strike up with others, then what’s the point? We shouldn’t have to over-think each tweet (or blog post we respond to). We have the luxury of freedom of speech, and we should be willing to use it.

Do you speak your mind? Do you think we’re authentic? Would love to hear your thoughts…

~JE

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