Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Social Media Lessons Learned: Building Friendships

I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook
Let's connect on LinkedIn and on Twitter @SeanyOB.


First, let me say that no one person is the 'expert' on how to be successful in the social media world. I don't consider myself to be any type of social media guru because I'm not one. What I'm writing about today is just my way of sharing what I've learned through the help of many good friends who I've become connected to through social media. 

Since the entire digital world is still in its early stages of development, there are no magic formulas that allow unknown individuals, or companies, to achieve instant success. However, some principals hold true in this realm as they do in most other areas of life. 

1. Friends 

We all need to create, maintain and sustain friendships throughout our entire lives. The same is true within our online lives. 

Sharing your friends content on Facebook and re-Tweeting other people's tweets, or suggesting that your followers follow their feed, clicking +1 on posts that you like on Google+ and endorsing colleagues on LinkedIn are simple things that you can do on a regular basis. 

2. Common sense

Yes, there are people who use social media 'friends' as pure sounding boards, or as methods to ask for some type of informational help. Being used in real life is no different than being used on the internet. 

Commons sense tells us that we should compliment people when they post an obviously important family photo, share information about a career-related promotion, or simply type a thought that is important to them.  

Patting someone else on the back is always right. 

3. Genuineness and consistency

Everyone has their off-days. But, if you expect other people to connect with you, to stay connected, or to suggest that others connect with you, then you must be genuine and consistent. 

Be nice. Nice guys and nice ladies don't finish last. They share success together.

4. Act like you would in real life

Would you say, or do, anything online that you normally wouldn't do in real life? For most people, the answer is no. 

Valuing the dignity of every person is crucial. It's easy to be decent and that's how we should try to behave all the time. 

Thank you

And that's it for now my friends. I've always appreciated the solid feedback social media friends have offered to me and look forward to interacting with you about this post as well.


Links to my new illustrated children's book ...

50% of all proceeds from the sale of my book (in both print and eBook forms) are being donated to the Children's Alopecia Project (CAP).

Feel free to use, or share, this link--->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to purchase the printed book directly from CAP.

Use this link --->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to see a free preview of the Amazon eBook edition. 


Here's a link to this great (print and online) article that the Reading Eagle recently published about our story Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile: Book chronicles Wyomissing teen's journey since being diagnosed with alopecia

An extensive Fox 29 Philadelphia television interview helped to announce the book's release this summer. Now, this fall feature will help to keep the public focused on our story.

Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Madison Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me recently about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. Here's a video link to Stacey's wonderful feature. 

A recent post ...

Interest surged in my Twitter account recently just a few hours after I had written a feature about Michael Muhney of CBS' 'The Young and The Restless'. 

Tweet and ReTweet

The piece, which highlighted the monstrously great scenes involving 'Adam Newman', began to be re-Tweeted and Favorited by a wide-variety of Y&R fans after Muhney himself responded to the feature. 

One of the many great aspects of this modern internet age is being able to do a variety of 'things' that were never truly possible years ago. 

Channeling Roger Thorpe 

This strong actor reminds me of the iconic Michael Zaslow, who played a variety of characters on daytime television during his short, but great, life. Most famously, he became 'Roger Thorpe' on 'The Guiding Light'. 

A good cause

More than just a talented, hard-working thespian, Muhney is also a family man who chooses to be involved in important charity work. One of those causes is: The LA Cancer Challenge, which benefits pancreatic cancer research. Click on that link when you get a chance. It's worthwhile.  


Every social media connection has helped my online features to generate millions (yes, millions) of internet hits since Labor Day weekend 2010. I remain deeply grateful to everyone for the attention that's been given to these sports, news and interview articles. I never expected this embrace, but am genuinely humbled by it.


Amazon.com is the number 1 online publishing platform in the world. That's why I used it to publish my first ebook: 

This mini-tome is a collection of stories and poems for readers who don't take themselves too seriously. I hope that you enjoy it and am always interested in your feedback. 


Feel free to click on a selection of my interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...

Martin Brodeur: Discusses His Record-Setting Shutout Total and Key Rivalries 
Jaromir Jagr: Current NHL Forward and Future Hall of Famer
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Postgame reflections 
Bobby Clarke: Philadelphia Flyers' Legend Talks Hockey
Ron Hextall Recalls His Greatest Season
Kerry Fraser: NHL Referee is Still Making the Right Calls
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