Many people underestimate social media. Think about all the careers that are out there. It does not matter whether one bakes cakes, grooms animals, or pieces together plumbing. Each one of those professions will have one common ground. The people who perform those actions have someone or something that inspires them.
In recent posts, I have stated how much I love my career, and the industry as a whole. One of my favorite reasoning behind this is getting to connect with the people who motivate us the most. A few days ago for my birthday, I tweeted Ben Parr asking for a birthday tweet. He granted my wish.
Today, I joined my first GooglePlus Hangout with Stephanie Haberman from Mashable. I did not have a camera or voice chat, while the session was going on. However, I was able to write in the chat box asking questions about this medium.
Haberman attempted to have conversations and answer all the questions that were being tossed in her direction. She did a great job and kept a smile the entire time.
As mentioned in a previous post, I am currently reading Ryan Holiday’s “Trust Me I’m Lying. Confessions of a Media Manipulator.” In the book, he asked Ben Parr a question about what to look for when hiring writers for blogs. Parr answered: quickness. Then Holiday goes into more detail about the conversation with Parr.
The reason I am able to connect with people who inspire me in the industry is that they are quick. They respond to their tweets, status updates etc. I do not know any other business, where you can connect and receive a response from industry leaders at any time. Again, this is why I love the Internet.