At what point do you consider someone a trusted connection?
Is it after a tweet or two?
Is it after an email?
Is it after a skype chat?
Do you have to meet in person first?
How many times?
Let me phrase it another way. What does it take for you to trust someone enough to recommend them to others as a professional?
I see social media tools constantly launching with new ways to help people connect with each other. But as it becomes easier to connect with someone, it seems like we lower our standards for what qualifies as a “trusted connection”, or even as a friend.
What social media allows us to do is create these passive relationships, or “weak ties“. People have always created weak ties with others, but with social media it becomes possible to do it on a much larger scale.
Instead of really talking to a person and taking the time to get to know them when you first meet, you can just do a quick info swap on hashable. It’s this “I’ll get to know her later” mentality. It weakens our relationships.
The guys at addieu have built something better, because it actually connects the accounts. It’s more permanent so the exchange actually means something.
Information about a person doesn’t create a relationship, interactions do.
Have you been making real connections with people? Or are you just bookmarking as many people as possible for later?