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Do You Trust Me?

For an experiment I decided to follow some people with large followings on Twitter who promised to follow back. But most of them don’t.

I’ve seen a lot of twits who gathered huge followings making similar promises, only to delete most of them once they attained a level of online celebrity.

I’m always amazed with the creative list of excuses that they come up with to justify it.

It’s the age-old bait and switch routine that’s been going on since the dawn of civilization. Promise the sun and moon until you get what you want, and then renege on your promises.

Politicians do it all the time.

I was watching a TV show this evening called the ‘Ascent of Money’ exploring the history of money, credit and debt. It explained that money has always been based on trust.

Without “TRUST” money is worthless.

ALL relationships are based on “trust“, and that includes both personal as well as business. When we become friends with someone we expect their confidence. When we exchange goods or services there is an expectation of satisfaction.

If that “trust” relationship is broken there is rarely a second chance. It can take a lifetime to build “trust” and only one mistake to lose it forever.

Look what’s happening with Wall Street and the Banks.

The same goes for the web. “Trust” is Social Media Currency. If you don’t keep your word or offer real value, how do you expect people to “trust” you?

Trust MeFool me once …

Don’t make promises you can’t keep, and when you give your word — keep it.

Treat your followers and connections with the respect they deserve, and it will come back to you.

Trust me.

Written January 19th, 2012 by | 21 Comments | Filed under: Blog Ethics, Blog Tips, Favourite Blog Tips, Featured Tips, Social Media Tips

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  1. What a great post. I had not thought about the reality that even our social networking is “trust” between our readers and our sites.

    Also your mention of that “trust” extending to those on our personal social networks will make me think again before I arbitrarily just add someone to my “network”!

    Thanks for posting this, its got me thinking.

    Michael
    OutMaturity

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    Reply by: BB at 10:01 am said...

    @Michael, trust is a two-way street. Glad you like it and thanks for your comments.

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  2. So well written that I am making a point of sharing this everywhere I can…why? because far too often the word “trust” is misused by far too many people.!

    Just because we are in this virtual world for long periods of time, there are some things that should mean the same..off and online, one of them being trust!

    How many times have I talked to people who “sincerely” say to me..well if you follow me (in this or that) I will follow you back..ya right! The reality is that actions speak louder than words…do what you say and say as you do!!

    Thank you for this!!

    P.S. Sorry I have not been as active as I should be, but in the process of moving and wow…wish there was a virtual moving team around…zip…click… it would be done…lol

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    Reply by: BB at 12:55 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), thanks Diane. We’ve been missing you here at BLOGBloke.

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