In my daughter's high school they had an area that was sacred to seniors called the “senior rug”. The “senior rug” was a comfortable section built into an area in the main halls of her high school where the upper class could hang out. No freshmen or junior class were allowed on the uwch ryg.
Sounds mean, doesn't it? In theory, it provides the seniors with a sense of accomplishment and pride. And perhaps it provides the lower classmen with an eagerness to step up so one day the rug is theirs. Like any dosbarth system, serch hynny, y perygl yw'r gwahaniad cynyddol rhwng y dosbarth uchaf a'r lleill.
Yn ôl yn nyddiau cynnar y cyfryngau cymdeithasol, nid oedd system ddosbarth. Pan ysgrifennodd rhywun bost blog gwych ar y blogosffer, gwnaethom ni i gyd sirioli'r awdur a hyrwyddo ei swydd. Mewn gwirionedd, am amser hir roeddwn i'n arfer hyrwyddo postiadau blogiau blogiau newydd a ddarganfyddais mewn ymdrech i'w hannog a sicrhau eu bod yn cael darn o'r chwyddwydr. Roedd llawer o fy ffrindiau ar-lein heddiw yn bobl a ddarganfuodd a rhannu fy mlog neu i'r gwrthwyneb.
Cyfryngau cymdeithasol Mae gan changed. A class system is absolutely in place. And the upper class is comfortably alienating the world from their “senior rug”. I'm not part of the upper class, but I'd like to think I'm close. But sometimes it doesn't feel like it. I reach out to many in the upper class and they don't respond. They don't respond on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or even by email.
Datgelu: This post may very well describe my behavior, too. I'm not criticizing others in as much as simply observing a change in the social media universe.
It's amazing. While these folks are writing books on the power of social media and telling their stories of the opportunities others gave them, they neglect to reach out a hand to the next person. I read many of their blogs and see tons of comments from dedicated followers that are retweeting, sharing and congratulating them on the great content… with no response from the pundit. None. Not a peep.
With the growth of this industry, I'm in no way stating that every request has to be answered – the numbers are simply too large. I, myself, have found it impossible to respond to every request. But I do try. If a conversation sparks on my social network and I know about it, I absolutely feel compelled to join the conversation. It's the least that I can do given that my social media network wouldn't have the authority if it wasn't for every single reader and follower.
I'm not going to name names, nor am I going to say it's everyone. There are plenty of exceptions. However, there are also plenty of social media rock stars that don't eat their own dog food. They go out and write books, speak and consult with major corporations – scolding them when they're not transparent nor Ymgysylltu. Ac yna maen nhw'n galw eu cyfeillion dosbarth uwch eraill i fyny ac yn sgwrsio gyda nhw dros botel braf o win yn nhŷ stêc y cwm lleol - gan anwybyddu eu rhwydwaith eu hunain.
Don't believe the hype folks. If you're following one of these professionals, buying their books and going to watch them speak… take a few minutes out to review their activity. Do they follow their own guidance? Do they reply to freshman and juniors on their Facebook page? Do they retweet great comments from followers who have no following? Do they follow the conversations in their own blog's comments?
If they don't, go find someone who does! Pull the rug out from under them.