I started out this morning having no idea what to kick off the week with, but an IM from a member in one of the forums I'm an administrator for changed all that. She was upset over something somebody said in response to one of her images. While I can empathize, when the other admins read the original comment, they were stunned. It was hardly as harmful or threatening as it had been portrayed. In fact, the four of us read nothing that was threatening.
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:
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!
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