The Upsides Of Being Excellent To Each Other On BeBee. And Everywhere Else.
I recently disconnected from several of the political and news sites that feed into my Facebook page.
I was scrolling through this stuff when it finally hit me.
These posts, which mostly have to so with all the crap going on in the United States right now, from the insane presidential race to the war on terror to the ongoing war by the police against unarmed black men to mass shootings to….well, pick a cozy little corner of hell and my Facebook page would take you there.
Most of the stuff I was looking at, commenting on and responding to in little memes that I don’t really post anywhere else, was horrendously dark.
Oh sure, I still got all the news from family and friends and the cat videos I so dearly love, but somehow, slowly and insidiously, I started to see Facebook as something akin to the Ninth Gate of Hell.
But more than that I started to see all this stuff I was letting into my life for what it really was, which was propaganda.
Propaganda You Agree With Is Still Propaganda
This revelation was not any sort of shock. The notion had been knocking around in my head for a few months now.
But like any revelation of substance that you have, it was slow in coming. But the other day it blossomed and instead of sitting around and intellectualizing it, like I usually do, I did something about it.
In addition to ditching all the propaganda sites, I also renewed my commitment to stay the hell away from cable news and their drill-down-to the-absolute-bottom-of-every-single-thing-that-happens bullshit.
I don’t need to know all that stuff. In point of fact, I can’t really think of anybody who does.
But I digress.
What’s This Got To Do With BeBee?
I don’t know about you, but to be honest, I kind of backed into my parking space here on beBee.
I was retreating from darkness of a different sort, which was all the frustration I was feeling after three or four years of building a following on LinkedIn, only to have to unceremoniously squashed over the course of a few months.
But I have gotten straightened around and very quickly came to view beBee as a kind of brand new start.
A lot of the people I know here feel the same way and are, like me, happy to do whatever is within our power and our skills sets to help beBee succeed.
Being Excellent Means Beeing Positive
If you are reading as a beBee user, then you are part of the beBee expeditionary force. Because the first few years of a site’s existence is what will define its character going forward.
I know for a fact that Javier and Juan (beBee’s owners), their staff, Matt Sweetwood, John White, all the beBee ambassadors chosen so far and dozens of other people, all want BeBee to be seen as a positive and constructive entity, insofar as that is possible.
And that starts right down at the grass roots level. One user to another, to another and so on.
This is achieved by, among other things:
• Treating the opinions of your fellow bees with respect in your comments even when you are disagreeing with them.
• Supporting people who post stuff you get something good out of by sharing it, within beBee and more importantly on other social media sites.
• Writing good posts about the stuff you believe is important
• Finding out more about the people you find interesting and deepening your relationships with them.
The Upside of Positivity
The mathematics of beBee is very simple.
As the site grows, you get to know more people. Get to discover more opportunities. Get to grow your following. Get to exchange more ideas. Get to find more things that interest you. Get to have a much richer social media experience.
And to get all this, all you have to do is give a little.
A little involvement. A little appreciation. A little kindness. A little encouragement. A little response. A little positivity.
beBee is committed to organic growth, but they are also committed to making everybody’s experience here as positive as it can be.
The How Of beBee
Somebody once told me that the personality of an organization is reflected in the personalities of its owners. From all I have been able to see, Juan & Javier are very positive and well intentioned people.
They are also smart businessmen who want to make beBee a thing of value in the social media world. Who doesn’t want that?
But for them, it’s about the how.
And trust me when I tell you they have chosen the high road.
They have charted a positive, constructive course and I really do believe that this reflects their personalities as much as it does their aspirations.
So in the immortal words of Ted ‘Theodore' Logan….Be Excellent To Each Other.
There’s no downside to doing that. On beBee, or anywhere else for that matter.
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