The other day, I kissed a girl for the very first time. In fact I kissed dozens of people, men and women both, in a matter of seconds. I didn’t even realize it until I woke up the next morning. How, you ask, did I become so wildly promiscuous?
I’ve got to blame it on technology…Facebook has all these cool little apps, and I happen to be fond of one called “superpoke.” I was trying to send a kiss to a friend who’d done me a lovely favor, but by hitting the wrong button I managed to kiss every single one of my Facebook friends!
When I saw the list the next morning – all the people I kissed, many of whom would be quite surprised at the unexpected intimacy – I winced in embarrassment and used technology again, this time to alert my friends that I didn’t intend to be amorous or inappropriate: “Wendy is really embarrassed that she accidentally kissed every single one of her friends on Facebook!”
Quite a few people seem to have gotten a good laugh, and I don’t think anyone has unfriended me as a result. Whew.
But here’s the thing to think about…everyone’s talking about social networking and how it’s the hot new trend. Just think – in person, I probably would have limited the interaction to hugs, although it might still have been a number of people over the course of an evening. But in cyberspace you can kiss, hug, or simply say “what’s up?” to dozens, hundreds, even thousands in the blink of an eye. Use this power deliberately, to build relationships and promote your business (in a give-first, non-pushy way of course) and think about the reach you have, far beyond what you could do at a handful of in-person business networking events.