Saturday, December 4, 2010

Online Voice: Keeping it Positive

"What Does your Online Voice Sound Like?"
Daniel Snyder, Inspired Magazine (December 3, 2010)

"In the not too distant past the web was an online realm separate from the real world, a place where people could hide in anonymity. Today the separation between the online world and the real world has become blurred, in fact I would say for many of us there is no difference any longer, they are one, our online world has fully integrated with our daily lives. I grew up online in the era of BBS’s where you never knew who you were interacting with and everyone used an alias. Today the vast majority of social network users are engaging online with their real names, and profile pictures.

"What are you contributing to the web?

"With Social Networking giving everyone the opportunity to engage and contribute online, you have to ask yourself 'what am I contributing to the web?' Have you even considered what your online voice sounds like? Is it different than your offline voice?

"Is there integrity in your voice? Are you offering advice and encouragement? Do you set out to inspire and motivate, or are you a negative voice that vents your real world frustration and offers nothing to the web?..."

The Lemming's one of the folks that Daniel Snyder was writing about, when he said: "Today the separation between the online world and the real world has become blurred, in fact I would say for many of us there is no difference any longer, they are one, our online world has fully integrated with our daily lives."

It's my opinion that referring to "the online world" makes about as much sense as talking about "the telephone world" or "the mail world." The technologies are different in each case - but the folks we're communicating with are just as real as those we share a room with.

The post is a short read - and makes, in the Lemming's opinion, good points.

I would think that, of course: I like to focus on the positive. Which isn't the same as pretending that bad things don't happen. And that's another topic.

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A tip of the hat to danielsnyder1, on Twitter, for the heads-up on his post.

2 comments:

Brigid said...

Missing a very important word for the meaning of the sentence: "but the folks we're communicating are just as real"

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Brigid,

Oops!

As-posted, that evokes an - odd - mental image.

Fixing that right now! Thanks!

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