Business Social Network Uprising

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Wake up call

Would you walk up to a stranger on the street and ask him to become your friend? Would you shove your telephone number and e-mail address into his pocket and tell him you want to follow him?


This morning I went to my computer and received my usual e-mails from people wanting me to join their LinkedIn network and my usual e-mail notifications of people who have started following me on Twitter expecting me in return to follow them and I thought, this is utter madness.


I decided there and then that I was no longer going to conform. I am better than this. I decided that I would no longer subscribe to a way of dealing with people that corrupts and undermines our social and human values.

Why is the dog bringing the master for the walk?

Technology is there for us to use not the other way around. I have spoken so many times in my articles here in HubPages and in my Word Press Blog about how we identify with our minds and bodies never realising that they are but tools at our disposal and not the other way round. By choosing to identify with mind or body or both we relinquish our power and our minds and our bodies then take control of us.


The same thing is happening with the way we use technology. We are following the crowd without question. Every time you follow a person because that person clicked a button to follow you proves that you are simply following the crowd, just in case!!


There is no just in case. If someone has a huge following it simply means that he clicked the same “follow” button more than someone else. It says nothing of his character or what he stands for.

Easter Uprising

I decided to be different today I started a rebellion and I chose Linked In to make my stand. I made a list of of all the people who asked me to join their Linked in network and I sent each one a personal message telling them about myself and what I stood for. I explained to them that I was not satisfied simply following the crowd any longer and if they wanted to be part of my network then they would have to tell me about themselves and what they stood for.


I explained that communication had become twisted and we have grown used to the lies that people tell us in order to sell us something. I was tired of all of that and wanted to nurture a mutually beneficial relationship where by we could help each other promote our message. I sent them four links, each to an article that states clearly what my message is, what I do, what I stand for and what I want to give the world.


I asked each of them to read what I had sent them and decide whether or not they agreed with what I stood for and if not for them to be honest enough with themselves to let me go. If indeed they liked what I stood for then for them to promote my message and I in turn would do the same for them if I liked what they had to say. I told them that I was not interested in selling them anything nor was I interested in buying anything from them. I wanted to start having meaningful relationships with people who wanted the same things I wanted for the world so we could join forces and be more effective.

Apathy

I have already received many replies. Some from people who are wary of my intentions but they will soon see that I am exactly what is written on the label of my can so there is potential there. There were others who obviously had not even read my e-mail properly let alone the links I had sent and they usually started with some smarmy sales pitch and an invitation to their website where I could purchase for a limited time only, the answer to every hypnotherapist's wish. They had discovered the best method ever to cure everyone of everything and it all came in a flash to the founder of that company as he lay in his bunk in Folsom prison. They were deleted from my network post haste.


Then there were the messages from people who spoke to me across the airwaves like I had been reunited with long lost sisters and brothers. They were genuinely excited at the prospect of being internet rebels and developing a meaningful professional relationship with people who have something in common.

Take back your power

I think it is time the human race stopped what it is doing and realise that we created the technology to serve us not to destroy our social fabric. I challenge you all to reconsider your relationships on the net and ask yourself what exactly are you getting out of following or being followed by hundreds or thousands of people you don't know?

Why follow the flock?

You can make a difference. Just stop doing what everyone else is doing and think before next you click that "follow" button again just because everyone else does! Choose who you follow carefully and those followers who would tarnish your very valuable reputation.

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Ashantina 5 years ago

Here here!! What a breath of fresh air this is :) the key word here being "conform"... which is why Ive never subscribed to any social networks to date because of the lack of authenticity. I love the pic of the sheep or more apt the "sheeple" :) and Im right beside you with my placard in your much needed rebellion!!!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

At last someone has voiced my own preoccupation on this very subject. On HP, once you have a good rating and a good number of articles, etc., more and more newbies start to follow you: some with no hubs or maybe one showing. I have gone through different stages with dealing with this. Now, I don't reciprocate and forget them immediately. It may be harsh, but I feel most are there to use you to get acceptance herein. But I still have ended up with several hundred "followers," some I never hear of again. I think you have the right idea on how to deal with this. It all becomes too much, with all the hundreds od FB scams and pseudo friends. It makes you want to throw the PC out of the window! If you shook the whole lot down: articles and followers - I doubt you'd have much color in the pan. Bob


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Bob. I had a lot of followers on LinkedIn but not any more. I now only keep the ones I know personally or who have passed my test of genuineness. I sometimes invite people from HP to join my network but only those whose writing I have grown to respect. I have absolutely no time for users or "internet beggars" as I call them and have opted to nurture more meaningful relationships with people on and off the net. thank you for your support.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Ashantina you and I are definitely on the same wavelength. My is to make people think. People have always been very sheep like in their behaviour and their behaviour on the internet seems to exaggerate this strange behaviour. All it takes is for few people to stop and think and it seems to have a domino effect. So we can use the power of our own thought to get the sheep to wake up before they go over the cliff. Your hubs are amazing by the way. Thank you for your kind words once again.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Hello SW, I agree wholeheartedly. I will not follow someone just because they follow me. I read their profile and an article or two to see what they stand for and if I sense a mean spiritedness about them, or a small mindedness, I will not follow them.

The world is in need of people who would lead us to our higher selves, and that is what I stand for.

Very excellent article and much needed.

Up/Awesome


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No_Clue 5 years ago

You write with the courage of your convictions, setting a powerful example and I respect that! Excellent hub!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you CP you and I share a similar view and I have gone as far as mentioning you in one of my hubs. As you had stopped commenting on my articles (Back Links) after that I wondered if you had been offended by my doing that. Anyway you are back again and I am happy about that.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

No_Clue you are a star and flattery will get you everywhere! LOL Thanks for your continued support and vert generous comment.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Hi SW, I consider you a friend and would not take offense, but communicate if need be, instead. I have been distracted with other projects since my family members left. I am back, though, and look forward to writing again. I have been in very deep meditation for the last week, listening for my inner divinity's call to action and I feel that I am now where I need to be which is in surrender to my higher self.

I sincerely appreciate the person I sense you to be and am grateful to know you. I am not defensive about myself so I am always joyful when another can use something I have said or done to make a point or gain an insight. Thank you for your support.

Blessings and light to you...


Website Examiner 5 years ago

It is a well-written and bold hub. As far as layout, I am wondering whether you have pasted in text from a word processor.


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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Spirit Whisperer, I agree with you wholeheartedly.I would rather follow fewer people that I can trust,rather than a hundred people that I know nothing about! Powerful and boldly spoken!

Thank you for sharing that!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Web examiner yes you are right I always write my hubs in open Office first and then paste what I have written into HP. I also subscribe to HubDefender to ensure nobody else is copying and using my hubs.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you MysteriousOne I appreciate your vote of confidence.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I think you already know my answer on this! lol but seriously, my brother always says to me, 'be careful of who you 'speak' to on the internet, you never know who they are really, in fact they could be someone dangerous'! I think that is so true, and as you said what is the point of just following the crowd when they don't even either know what you are writing or even more so, don't care as long as they have followers, I am very careful now, cheers nell


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

You are absolutely right to be careful. Technology is there for us to use but we should do so intelligently and that is what I intend doing from now on.


serenta 5 years ago from arizona

Thank you, yes you need to read this, technology are important and caution is required


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you serenta.


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danmit 5 years ago from Moscow, Russia

Excellent hub in terms of conviction and original content but I'd like to question your idea (or support it, depending how you look at it) - I'm a recruiter so my job is to help people find jobs and help companies find people. Linkedin is a powerful tool that helps me do my job. So, while it's a great tool for keeping in touch with someone you meet it's also a great tool for finding someone that you want to meet. As far as twitter it's just a great way to express your opinion, share your interests, and advertise your hubs ;)to a large number of people. Why do you need to know them?

You can create a special list for the people you know so you can follow what they're doing.

Just the opinion coming from someone who benefits from people who are willing to accept requests from people they don't know. It's cool that you sent those messages but I'd have probably been one of the people that questioned your motives, initially.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

I appreciate your comment and completely understand how you will find LinkedIn useful. I believe in using technology as a tool to serve you however when the tool starts to use you then I feel there is a problem. Like a cowboy I have always travelled lightly and was never comfortable carrying dead weight if you know what I mean.

I like the way you express your opinion and I can see that you are someone whose hubs I will definitely be checking out as a result of this correspondence.

Thank you.

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