Did you know that Facebook sucks all the contact information for your friends out of your phone, when you sync your contacts with Facebook? Even the ones who aren’t on Facebook?
Did you know that even if you’re not on Facebook, Facebook probably has your e-mail address and phone number via your friends who are on it?
Did you know that this (above) is the default setting? Unless you know enough to tell them not to, the corporate sociopaths at Facebook will “remind” your non-Facebook friends to join Facebook every two weeks.
Did the corporate sociopaths at Facebook tell you any of this? No, the Village Voice did.
Has Facebook ruined social networking?
I recently joined a new company, and am taking advantage of these early days to reconnect with old colleagues, classmates, and friends who I can turn to for advice in my new role.
I’ve noticed a habit I have, that I can’t seem to kick, in my pullups with people. Before I sit down for coffee, lunch, or to chat via skype, I go over the things I want to tell them and questions I want to ask - like we all do. But in the meetings I tend to talk too much. Post-conversation it occurs to me how much I have overweighted the importance of telling them what I am up to and about the business I have joined instead of asking questions that I can respond to further on down the road.
A friend at a big consulting company put it best: “if you are talking >50% of the time, you’ve failed”. We have a tendency to tell rather than listen, and that is the wrong approach.
The goal of most networking interactions should be to (re)establish a connection and learn how you can help the other person. This is intuitive, but we fail to follow these steps in many of our interactions.
You can always follow up with an email to tell them more about what you’re doing, but it is harder to engage people who you have not taken the time to learn about. Focus on connecting, and the rest will follow.
And a quote: “Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” - Robert Greenleaf
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Via Boing Boing, which adds some interesting context.
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I wanted to quickly address why I referenced that Google should charge commercial users to participate on Google+.
Here’s where that thought had come from:
Brands have been leveraging social networks for free for many years. They gain a great deal from the interaction, which has no benefit — if…
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