There is some teenage text language that has found its way in to mainstream social media that doesn’t quite fit. In the chat #SMManners, I kept reading the term I.R.L. I gave a definition to someone new to twitter as “In real life.” This got me thinking.
Does the term “In real life” not indicate that our time in social media is in some way fantasy? I can understand that in second life, Farmville, mafia wars or any of the fantasy games, but shouldn’t your twitter stream, blog, Facebook posts or any of your social channels be an extension of your real life and your real life personality?
Do you wear a social media mask different to the real you?
Real social networking needs to be real life, complete with the trials and tribulations. On the whole, people follow people within brands rather than brands. (The giants would be the exception.) I follow people first and then find out who they work for. I don’t follow broadcast streams.
Perhaps we should change the term to I.P.M. (In person meeting.) You should be the same person on or off-line, and not adopt a mask.
How do stay real in a social world? Be glad to hear your thoughts.
Keep being ambassadors for great social networking,
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