When Has Social Media Gone Too Far?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

KeyboardWhen Has Social Media Gone Too Far?

Depending on an age demographic of an individual in their 20's or someone in their 50's, you will get widely diverse opinions on the use of social media like blogging, Twittering, Facebook, and even just using mobile devices BEYOND smartphones with email but relying more heavily on texting. Many of the older folks view too much of it as a waste of time while younger folks "can't live without it" and are as transparent with their personal lives as a glass of water.

The real answer is there is no right answer.

 

 

Life PeekThe fact is we are in just another change in life with "conversations" across the country and around the globe.

Is it a waste of time to have so many "sound bite" conversations? Well their format gets pretty strange sometimes when family members in their own two story home are Facebooking each other on the Home page with threads rather than just walking to their room. But it is just all of us judging everyone.

What is right for you may be completely wrong for someone else. Doesn't it really matter how you want to spend your time, or alternately spend your time?

 

Life is about choices.

 

 

Yellow PathWe all have choices to make. We all have a path we determine.

 

It is not the same as others, even if there are similarities in our paths.

People now make jokes about the 500 million members on Facebook, a number that surely has to be reckoned with. The joke is THAT many people are wasting their time now!!

Maybe, and maybe not.

John Lennon had this great quote that, "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." Maybe he was way ahead of his time, prior to social conversations.

 

 

KindnessWhat I have observed with the connections people make with social media of all forms is it is an "opportunity" to educate, laugh, feel for the other, share, debate, fall in love, and above all

       "show kindness"

for the human condition of another. Now what could possibly be wrong or going too far with that opportunity?

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love......

Nothing new there. NOW just more opportunity to

    CONNECT....

 

 

Invisible Man

Hopefully we go about our world doing those random acts of kindness without so much tooting our own horn about them. Cause we could use that tooting energy to do more kind acts.

Think of it this way....

A good deed doesn't count if they know where it came from.

Social Media is probably as something new in our lives moving faster than our minds can absorb it right now. But think of it as connection and an opportunity to brighten another's day. AND to stay in touch!!

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Rainer
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Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
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Hi Gary, I used to think that we could do without the social media. I have learned that we cannot do with out it. I still do the initial face to face and online meeting but after that it is usually email and texting.

Aug 23, 2010 11:35 AM #42
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

I'm kind of bored with the whole social media thing, although I participate.  I see the value of it, but it just puts me to sleep.  I'd rather be out connecting with real people.  Good thought-provoking post!

Aug 23, 2010 11:35 AM #43
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People should do what ever works best for them.  Live and let live.

Aug 23, 2010 11:40 AM #44
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Lyn Sims
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Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

There is a limit and each person should figure out their limit. Addicted anyone?

Aug 23, 2010 01:18 PM #45
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Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

Social media really has taken hold.  It's nice to be in touch with people you may not normally have time to connect with.  I think overall it's a great thing.

Aug 23, 2010 01:39 PM #46
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Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
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In my family - this "50 something" is the one that is way ahead of the "20 somethings". My boys can totally do without SM. I feel like such the "cool Mom" :)

Aug 23, 2010 02:45 PM #47
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Stefan West
West Realty - Murrieta, CA
Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee CA Real Estate

It freaks me out actually.  Facebook and Twitter and all these new sites.  It is hard to keep up on all this stuff frankly!

Aug 23, 2010 03:16 PM #48
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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Did I comment on this one already? I think social media is a great way to connect with others, but sometimes we get lazy and just rely on social media to do what humans do, which is connect!

Aug 23, 2010 03:32 PM #49
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Larry Bettag
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Cool Gary.....you put it out there and it's out there!  I don't think that everything needs to be out there.  However, the social media expert puts out there what they want to put out there and lives by it or is hung by it!  Great post G.

Aug 23, 2010 04:28 PM #50
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Harry F. D'Elia
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Social media has been a great resource for myself. Keep networking

Aug 23, 2010 05:15 PM #51
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Tammie White, Broker
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We are all different people and tend to communicate in different ways. 

Aug 23, 2010 05:26 PM #52
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Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Financial Services 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
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you are correct in saying that we may never know...who knows where this technology age will lead us, hopefully we will continue to adapt and become better people.

Aug 24, 2010 02:26 AM #53
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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
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There is a happy medium out there somewhere. You just have to find what is right for you.

Aug 24, 2010 02:27 AM #54
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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Like  you, I can't say it's right or wrong. It's just is. Those that want to play, play. Those that don't, refrrain themselves.

Aug 24, 2010 03:44 AM #55
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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Like  you, I can't say it's right or wrong. It's just is. Those that want to play, play. Those that don't, refrrain themselves.

Aug 24, 2010 03:44 AM #56
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Jake Luehrs
Keller Williams Integrity - Team Leader - Minneapolis, MN

Great post.  Perception is certainly in the eye of the beholder!  I'm on the brink of the Gen X and Gen Y generations.  I can see both sides of the spectrum and see value in both as well.  one thing to keep in mind is that the Gen Y generation is the same (some quote it's bigger) size as the baby boomer generation.  If you're looking at it from a business perspective, that is a huge demographic to ingore!

Aug 24, 2010 04:56 AM #57
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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
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Gary:

I know that all good things must be enjoyed in moderation, if you'll young or seasoned. I enjoy participating in SM---I hope to have balance.

Aug 24, 2010 05:24 AM #58
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Jim Hazell
Real Property Inc. - Marblehead, MA

 Hi Gary,I found what works for me and it is in line  with your school of thought. I still hand write notes and use snail mail.thanks for the post.Happy selling.Jhaz.

Aug 24, 2010 06:26 AM #59
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Everyone likes the quote. Definitely social media goes far and wide, but many folks do go too far and are insensitive and unprofessional.

Aug 24, 2010 02:37 PM #60
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Troy George
Colleyville, Texas Real Estate Expert - Synergy Realty - Colleyville, TX
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John Lennon had this great quote that, "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted."

That is a great quote! We really focus on blogging, Youtube, and Facebook, not as much on twitter or other outlets. Linkedin is great too.

Aug 25, 2010 04:34 AM #61
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