Well, that got me thinking about the challenges we all face in how we share information. What we write and how it's interpreted is one of our most significant obstacles when it comes to communicating, especially in social media. When writing anything in a comment box or tweet you've got limited space/characters and no help from the tone of your voice or facial expressions to interpret your intent..
But I do have some suggestions:
- Read whatever you're about to share/post a couple of times before posting. I'm not saying to sugar coat anything, just don't be insulted if somebody misses your point and doesn't read what you wrote the way you intended it.
- Remember, too often people hide behind the anonymity of their computer screens. They often don't write things they would say to your face.
- Get a thicker skin - that's both as a sender and a receiver! Seriously, it's just a comment and often from or to people you don't know or haven't met.
- Raise the bar on the standards you use to define trolls! Just because somebody disagrees with you or doesn't like an image you shared doesn't make them a lousy human being.
- When somebody does aggravate you, do your best to not react. Let's say it's intentional, if you react badly, then they've won! Just let it go.
- When you share images, make comments, etc. remember that anybody can read them and see your photos. None of the venues or forums on Facebook can guarantee any level of confidentiality. So, remember, there are no erasers on the Internet.
And just to wrap it up - my old buddy Dean Collins said it best - "Beauty is in the eyes of the checkbook holder!" It doesn't matter what anybody's opinion is except your client!