What I'm Reading, Vol. Thirteen (plus a song)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Your 4 Biggest Social Media Questions - Answered
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Those words pretty much sum up everything you need to know about using social media well...

Sell Your Ignorance
Sell your expertise and you have a limited repertoire. Sell your ignorance and you have an unlimited repertoire. He was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject. The journey of not knowing to knowing was his work.

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." - Bill Watterson (found via swiss-miss).

How the Internet Has Changed the RSVP
With ease come presumption and murk. Take, for instance, the modern R.S.V.P. The Internet has allowed a host or event producer to painlessly publicize his or her event to sultans and skateboarders in minutes, the digital invitation beaming on their computer screens and cellphones like an onion puff dangling from a stick. But hasn't all of this ease and streamlining also helped erode the social contract that is at the heart of an R.S.V.P.? People have gotten extremely wiggly about R.S.V.P.'ing. People either don't R.S.V.P. and show up anyway, or they R.S.V.P. yes to everything and decide later what their best option is.

^Tell me I'm not the only one who has become "extremely wiggly" about online R.S.V.P.s. My problem is choosing the "Maybe" option and then forgetting about it until the week of or (gasp!) the day of.^

Don't Say Goodbye. Just Ghost.
We all agree it's fun to say hello. A hello has the bright promise of a beginning. It's the perfect occasion to express your genuine pleasure at a friend's arrival. But who among us enjoys saying goodbye? None among us! Not those leaving, and not those left behind. Let's free ourselves from this meaningless, uncomfortable, good time-dampening kabuki. People are thrilled that you showed up, but no one really cares that you're leaving. Granted, it might be a aggressive to "ghost" a gathering of fewer than 10. And ghosting a group of two or three is not so much ghosting as ditching. But if the party includes more than 15 or 20 attendees, there's a decent chance none will notice that you're gone, at least not right away. If there's a guest of honor, as at a birthday party, I promise you that person is long ago air-kissed out. Just ghost.

And some words worth remembering:

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