I’ve been throwing stuff into the Cloud (Internet) only for a year. Online ZEN is just a little bit about how I’m using the Cloud more efficiently to make my life in the physical realm easier. Thanks for joining me in unveiling my rhythm in the Cloud! =)

 

In a brief portion of this beautifully-articulated presentation below, Amber Case describes how we have 2 selves now: our online self and our offline self. One thing these 2 selves have in common is the adolescent phase just before adulthood.

Just like in real life, when we first start tweeting, facebooking, youtubing, linkedining, and the like, we feel a bit awkward. We seem a bit unusual to the regular folk. We have a learning curve to get through before things are working smoothly. We have to learn certain manners and etiquette in order for others to connect with us as “adults.” And it all happens outwardly in public in front of your friends and colleagues.

When I first started social media a little over a year ago, I went through an awkward stage. At times I think I’m still going through it, actually. When I see new Twitter people tweet “I need a twitter tutor” I get it. I understand how they feel.

Here are the adolescent questions that have run through my mind before: Are people reading my posts? What if people quit following me on Twitter? What if nobody comments on my Facebook posts? Wonder how my gravatar looks?

Eventually, we have to let go of any expectations about the actions of others, and then we can focus instead on being our authentic selves both online and offline. (Well~ That sounds like a good general rule of thumb for life, too.) Fortunately, there are some awesome resources for etiquette and feeling good about what we put out there in the Cloud!

At the Online Zen CMTE I am offering at the Western Regional Conference in Long Beach on April 3, I’ll be offering some tips to accelerate that social media learning curve, and raise the participants into online adulthood as smoothly as possible.

In the meantime, Chris Brogan writes a fantastic list of social media etiquette.

Do you follow any social media etiquette? Do you ever feel like an online adolescent?

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