We now live in an age where, at the click of a button, we can literally change our lives for better or for worse. We no longer have to sit on the sidelines waiting to be found or acknowledged. All the tools have been provided, from Facebook to Twitter, there is something for everybody, and depending on your strategy, you will successfully achieve your goal of online domination. But what if your appetite for recognition and appreciation turns into an unplanned catastrophe?
There is no doubt that after you ponder the resources at our disposal, we are at the right place at the right time. You can literally garner an army of admirers in less than ten minutes, or reconnect with a long lost pal the very next day. You can turn an ordinary idea into a successful business venture overnight, and even finding your dream job can happen with the right amount of tweeting power.
But you can also lose your best friend, watch your career disappear without a trace, or be accused of shameless betrayal, all because of the fact that you made that life altering decision: YOU CLICKED WITHOUT CHECKING.
I personally have fallen victim to unsuccessfully juggling my social network cubes, and the end result has proven devastating in some cases. I have twittered without realizing I was sending it to three other people and of course that didn’t turn out well. I have gotten messages posted on my Facebook wall that implicated me, and ultimately put me in a position where I had to be accountable, to my friends and even family members. So, I know how it goes.
But don’t get it twisted! I love the fact that I can almost immediately share my excitement about something with a mere tweet, or wish my friend in London a happy birthday instantly via Facebook. But there is the danger of conveying the wrong message or emotion using these network tools, and sometimes the damage can be irrevocable.
There are advantages and disadvantages to having these incredible options at our disposal. We all hope that the good outweighs the bad and that we can understand that there is a line that can’t be crossed and hopefully we wont cross it and continue to protect those relationships that are precious to us.
With any luck we can minimize the “oops” factor and be more victorious in the “phew” category.
Check it before you Click it!