I read a couple of tweets this afternoon that really got me fired up. They were from someone who was very critical of the hashtag community”#Eventprofs.” I believe criticism, when delivered constructively, and accompanied with proposed solutions, is healthy.
Here are the tweets (without User’s name) … you decide if they were appropriate or not:
First Tweet: “#eventprofs tag makes me cringe. It used to be cool but now all I see is RT & FF spam from self-promoting suits. I’m not learning anymore”
Second Tweet: “….but now #eventprofs is just used to advertise events themselves & promote useless tweeps who RT each other’s useless articles & quotes.”
While I don’t take these comments personally, I am an active member of the Eventprofs community, so I gotta say, I am not feeling the love here!! In response to this person my two questions (via tweets) were:
- Why (do you feel the way you do?)
- Are you contributing?
I believe those are fair questions. Those of us connected to the Eventprofs community (myself included) are always interested in learning and getting better at what we do… that has always been the spirit of the group. And, when I hear someone say they are not learning anymore, I tend to wonder whether they are making any effort themselves. Hmmm…. what do you think?
So, really, I have three thoughts to share here, based upon my own perspective and experiences.
- If a person is interested in building relationships with other people and growing their sphere of quality contacts, it will really serve them well to treat others in the manner they would like to be treated. Yes… the good ole fashioned “Golden Rule” I learned that simple truth long ago and it appears to be timeless in its meaning!
- Criticism is a good thing, as long as its delivered with dignity, and with solutions.
- I believe a person receives value from an opportunity proportionate to the effort they put into it. For example, if I spend positive energy and reasonable effort into my interactive experiences on Twitter, then most likely I will receive the same type of response headed back my way from those I am communicating with.
You can refer to this as “good Karma,” you can label it “considerate behavior” … I just call it “Common Sense.” What’s your opinion?