Your Social Networking Begins With What You Believe

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What do you believe?

It’s one of the biggest questions we can ask ourselves and ask our peers. The answer is never simple, nor does it border on who will win the big game this weekend, or the movie award next month, but transcends into what we feel can and will change the world.

For thousands of years humans have shared what they believe. The answers have been found in faith, war, peace, businesses, innovation and the advancement of society. Even among all the noise, the detail, the news reels and heated debate the question still boils down to belief in something, anything, no matter how simple.

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A successful social media experience begins with what you believe as well. If you don’t believe something, your network won’t believe you. And if you are selling something that you don’t believe in, your customers have no reason to buy. We always start with why, but how we get to the why is what we believe to be our truth that ought to be shared with others.

How do you share what you believe on Social Media?

1. You start by being deliberate. Whether you’re into coffee as some SteamFeed authors are, or want the world to pitch in to your cause, deliberate action leads to the following of a cause. Friends will buy what you sell, share what you believe, and ultimately create community.

2. You progress by teaching. Beyond the banter you share what you think is the key point or points. People will follow on and they will learn. When the student is ready, you can be the teacher.

3. You live with the confidence. Confidence is a killer trait to have especially on social media. The more confident you are and the more genuine you are about your confidence the more people will believe in what you believe. With such a large potential for getting yourself out there, why not share what you believe?

I’ll start: I believe that social media should give the opportunity for everyone to connect with those they want to get to know, and there should be no barrier to introduction, only one’s ability to prove themselves.

Your turn!

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Albert Qian
Albert Qian is a social media professional working, living and playing in Silicon Valley. He got his start in social media by working for Santa Clara University and jumping into Facebook pages in May 2009. Ever since, he has been engrossed in social media, marketing, program management and consulting for small businesses, Fortune 500 companies and individuals looking to learn more social media. On his free time, he enjoys hiking, bowling, eating out at new places and traveling. You can learn more about him on his blog.
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  1. ideagirlmedia says:


    Good points!

    I believe that we all started somewhere. We are all still learning and growing to get somewhere. So, just because we have 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 or even 100,000 followers — We all still have the responsibility to be open and kind. That person with one follower now could be 10 times more savvy, they just may not have been around long enough to achieve big numbers.

    What I'm saying is: We're all human, and none of us are above being welcoming and accepting. This seems to be something that some in the social space have forgotten.

    Enjoyed the read,


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