Well, at least in social media circles anyway. Here’s what I mean by that.
Say you send me a friend request on a social network. If I don’t know you I’m going to go look at your profile. I’ll look to see if you seem like somebody I’m interested in knowing. Then I’m going to look to see who you follow. If you’re following interesting people too then there’s a likely connection. If you’re following Bill the broadcasting spammer and his friends I’m likely to think you’re one of them or you don’t care who you follow. So why would I want to follow you?
You wrote something that I found in a search or somebody shared in my network that was relevant and interesting, and I followed the thread back to your social profile. The same rules apply. I’m going to go see what I can find out before I commit to listening to you more.
Now granted, sometimes this is a two second decision, but taking the time makes all the difference in the quality of the conversations we have in our social networks. If it’s all about marketing,buy my product, help me get to 1million followers it’s not all that valuable to the discussion now is it?
What are your strategies for deciding who to connect with or not? I’d love to hear them.