by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Social MediaTagged as: Connections, Facebook, LinkedIn
Can you ever have too many friends? In real life, the answer is no, but when we’re talking about social media, the answer is definitively yes. If you have been collecting so-called friends, contacts, connections, and followers online, then you probably notice that some are more valuable than others. Others have very little value at all, and others are pests.
In our quest to add as many connections as possible, what about the other side of the equation? Are there any good reasons for deleting a social media “relationship”? Consider the following criteria, and delete anyone who doesn’t measure up:
A connection with others is like a currency – it has value. Social Media sometimes blinds us to this: our zeal for more connections causes us to spend this currency with people who haven’t earned it, or don’t deserve it. If your goal is to strengthen your relationships, deleting online relationships that take up space will leave a stronger core network.
Go through your LinkedIn, Facebook, and other Social Media pages and delete people who should never have been your connections in the first place. Then get rid of the noisy, the rude, the leaches, and those who don’t have a relationship with you. You are judged by the company that you keep, so improving the quality of your network means asking the right people in, and moving the wrong people out.
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