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?
Fool 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.