If you want to have friends, be a friend. Give without expecting. That’s how you rock social media. It’s really just that simple.

If you want to have friends, be a friend

Social media, by its very nomenclature, is social.  For a relationship to exist there needs to be reciprocity.

Do you have a Facebook Page? Log in as your page and like other pages.

Do you have friends on Facebook, blogs you read, friends on Instagram? Spend some time reading and commenting on other posts and photos.

Why comment when you can just “like” a post?

In many ways, clicking “like” is akin to seeing a friend across a room and smiling and waving.

There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s rather pleasant.

But you won’t grow your relationship unless you start talking to each other. In fact, the other person may even come to resent or just ignore you.

That’s where commenting comes in.

Why not just try it?  What could you possibly lose? I believe that you’ll notice a spike in activity as a natural, organic result of “friendly” behavior.

Guru Lesson: If you want friends, you have to be a friend.

 

12 Comments

  1. Carol Stephen (@Carol_Stephen) on February 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I love that “be a friend” comment. Commenting on others’ blogs is a way to deepen our connections and relationships–always a good thing!

    • Bridget Willard on February 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I agree with that 100%. Thank you, Carol, for taking the time to read and comment on this blog. xoxo

  2. stitchfork on February 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    How very true – I’ve made some of the nicest friends this way!

  3. Roxanne on February 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    You’re so awesome 🙂 I like this quote: “In many ways, clicking “like” is akin to seeing a friend across a room and smiling and waving.” It’s fantastic.

    • Bridget Willard on February 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Thank you.
      I have friends that only like and they want me to say, “Thanks for pressing like” over and over. Sorry; it’s not going to happen.

      • Silverfish on April 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        Imagine a real life relationship where you just chuckle at people or give them a silly grin, but never say anything! That’s what it would be like!

        • Bridget Willard on April 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

          They would stop inviting you for dinner; that’s for sure.

  4. Silverfish on April 9, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    All too often, it’s easy to keep liking or whatever without interacting. Always better when you post & even better when people respond. Too many don’t it seems, especially if you’re an outsider!

    • Bridget Willard on April 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      That’s so true. And it’s a good reminder. Thank you.

      • Silverfish on April 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        Yes, always important to acknowledge the outsiders in our social media midst. They could be a future friend or customer, as the case may be!

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