I was raised in the South. Sugar Land, Texas to be exact. I’m a good southern girl, with good southern manners – most of the time anyway. [Insert evil laugh here]
Where I come from, thank you’s and please are a given – just like yes sir and no ma’am. As I’ve gone through life, and gradually moved away from the slow-paced southern life I once knew, I’ve noticed that not everyone is well versed in manners.
No, I’m not making fun of the “yanks” I now live around, as several my southern counterparts had gaping holes where their manners should be.
Yes, I am saying that New Yorkers don’t really dwell on the thank you’s, please may I’s and yes ma’ams. Just an observation. It seems manners are just hard to come by these days no matter where you live.
Unless you’re on Twitter!
I’m amazed at the well-mannered folks I meet on Twitter. My personal Twitter feed, and that of B Squared, seems stuffed with “thank you!” at every turn. “Thank you for the RT; Thank you for the share; Thank you for reading – what did you think?”
Is it me, or has Twitter revived the Thank You and made manners cool again? I realize not everyone does this. But I still find myself amazed by Tweeps who have mass amounts of followers and STILL manage to say thank you for every mention, retweet and share.
That’s what it’s all about. That’s walking the walk. These are the people that “get” social media.
Each of them has thousands, even tens of thousands, of Followers. Even so they find the time to pay attention, to say thank you, and to show appreciation for their Fans, Followers and friends. I find that impressive.
I, too, make it a point to say thank you each time I’m pinged. Now, I don’t have 10,000 Followers – but that doesn’t matter. I want the people who share my information – whether original or curated – to know that I appreciate them taking part in the “social” part of social media.
And I don’t care if one day I have a million Followers, I’m still going to take the time to give gratitude to each and every one of them … even if I have to hire a team of “thank you” givers.
So, what’s in a thank you?
A lot. More than you can ever imagine. In our cluttered streams and News Feeds it stands out. It says something. It’s the epitome of social.
And if you want to walk the walk and tout yourself as a social media professional, expert, ninja or guru, this is one big tool you need in your arsenal.
The best part? It’s free to use.
See you in the social sphere! And oh, by the way, THANK YOU for reading this post!
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Brooke B. Sellas is the in-the-trenches Founder & CEO of @HelloBSquared, an award-winning social media management & advertising agency. She's also the Co-host of The Marketing Companion podcast with Mark Schaefer, where they discuss jaw-dropping marketing trends. Brooke's marketing mantra is “Think Conversation, Not Campaign” so be sure to give her a shout!
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