Are you stalking me?
I had an amazing time at the Social Media Success Summit 2011. I learned a ton and met alot of great tweeps during the month long webinars.
In one of the last sessions I was having some fun with a fellow attendee: Eli Ingraham. I had to leave early due to a daycare pick up and was whining in my usual fashion about how hard it is to leave my computer, when I was learning a ton and having a great time.
Me: must…. break away… from… computer….. and go……. soooo…. hard……. #smss11
Me: @EliIngraham child standing alone at daycare with Tshirt: My mom is a social media addict & abandoned me. #smss11
Then… we got an outsider piping in, who was not part of the session:
I didn’t think much of it, so I decided to continue on….
Me: @eliingraham tshirt: #smss11 stole my mom. Please being her back. #smss11
All in the fun… but then xxxx_xxxxx_xxx came back:
I dismissed it at the time, but it kinda bothered me. I have never met Eli or Jacki, but we were joking in the context of the summit. This guy appeared out of no where and interrupted the conversation. Its kinda like you are in a party, standing around with people having a discussion about a specific topic and some guy interrupts the circle with an out of context statement.
There are many reasons why this outsider’s tweet felt wrong:
- It was obvious he was just searching for the word “T shirt” and jumped in without any context. If you are going to speak up, you need to listen first. Understand what is going on and then jump in.
- He was a stranger who wanted to sell something to me. Not build a relationship first or even add value to my life. Its a twitter cold call.
- I never heard from him again. Twitter is not a drop in and drop out kind of platform. You need to be consistent in your relationship building.
- Frankly, it felt creepy. Like I was being stalked by my words.
What do you think?