How to put the SOCIAL in social networking
It’s very unusual to see someone online to be so, well, social. Really, most people are tuned into the “WIFM” station – looking to hear from the What’s In It For Me disc jockey. And typically, most folks go about social media posting their tweets and updating their statues and wait for comments, likes, retweets and such.
Rarely do you find a person whose mission is to be the liker, retweeter and commenter. Everyone wants to be heard – no one wants to listen. Most people really don’t care what other people are posting.
Until Michelle McDonald. OMG! She is the friend everyone wants. She’s an online encourager. When no one “likes” your post – you can believe you find at least one “thumbs up” from Michele.
At first I thought it was just me (that “me, me” attitude again), and then I found out that she does that for everyone she “befriends.” She is that – a friend. She gets it. She knows what a friend is supposed to do: endorse, support and be there even when everyone else seems to not pay attention.
It’s funny, I have almost 5,000 “friends” on Facebook and I can say that I probably interact with less than five percent of them. I had to start a new page just so I could add “Fan” pages to my personal profile – because Facebook said I was at my limit. I had to either REMOVE some folks or pages in order to add new pages. (I love “liking” pages – and I didn’t have the heart to remove anyone – so I started a ‘page 2′).
Now here’s the deal. I still get requests daily. I am just about “full” on the personal profile page – but the only one that really seems to engage is Michele (outside of my BFFs and clients).
So why does anyone really want to be my Facebook friend?
Oh, so I can “like” and comment on how witty and wonderful they are. OK, I get it. It’s not about ME at all – it’s about the other person. I see. Hmmm.
Well, Michele McDonald (pictured above), bless her heart, is the only as far as I can see, that has no agenda, nothing to push, not trying to brown nose, not really caring if she gets “likes” back. She is just a supporter. A cheer leader. A pure heart.
And mind you, I don’t really “know” her. She has never been to my house or office, called me on the phone, or even emailed me. She just is a nice person. Now, if she needed anything or asked me for favor, of course, I’d help her out. And why wouldn’t I? That’s what friends are for.
And as far as I can see, her intentions are pure and she really is the Facebook Friend everyone should know – and would love. She’s gained my trust and I really like her spirit.
She goes out her way to support everyone she can – if they have values that coincide with hers.
Here are just some of the Facebook Pages that Michele McDonald LIKES:
Ladies Who Launch Atlanta, CRAVE Atlanta- celebrating stylish women entrepreneurs, Mike Michalowicz, Mom Invented, Flippin’ Factory, Inspiration Lounge, The Dash Community, Alexis Martin Neely – Mindset, Motivation, Marketing & Money, Hold Your Haunches, Megha SUCCESS, Strategies for Passionate Business Owners, Brené Brown, Execumama Enterprises Online, Mycomeup, Gary Vaynerchuk, Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, Mutsy, Jim Rohn daily Quote, Jim Rohn, Kriya kitchen, Living the Balanced Life, The FlyLady, Locally Made, Psychology Today, Allison Babb, Small Business Coach to Solo Entrepreneurs, Girlfriendology Frugal Friends, Style YOUniversity, The Work Spot, Coach Jenn Lee, Sugar Coma Events, Oana Hogrefe Photography, Global Automotive & Energy Summit (Rainbow PUSH), Crystal E Collins, LuckyDuckyBaby, SimiWeave, Georgia Staycations, Girlfriendology, Bob The Teacher Internet Marketing Training For Business Professionals, Marketing Words Copywriting Agency, Bren Herrera, Be Blogalicious, SUCCESS for Women, Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc., Sweet Escape Yoga, Booty Wrap, Invisibelt, All Baby & Child/ABC Kids Expo, Instant Zipper, SpokesMoms.com, The Marriage Coaches, Tickle Bellies, Ficklets, Justice Fergie, Bessie Akuba | The Fabulous Do-Gooder, The Love Kitchen, Women Intelligently Networking (WIN!), Dare 2 Aspire 2012, Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show, AmilyaAntonetti, Women Who WOW – B. Michelle Pippin, The Divine Miss Mommy, 10 Second Impact Inc., The Mommy Shops, Chic Style Modern, See Baby Grow, LLC, Multi-TaskingWoman, Cookies For Babies, Jill Brewer Design, Today’s Living-Family, food, fun and fellowship, Self Help for Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Worth It! The Money Conference for Women, Stuff Parents Need, Black Love Forum, West Elm, Tierra Destiny Reid, INO Mommy, Crave Cotton Candy Factory, Utoria, TODAY Food, Butler Bag by Jen Groover, Startup Princess, Team Ethan Jostad, Faith’s Friends, Teaching Tiny Tots, Cute Beltz, Final Frontier Inc, Parent Hacks, The FunSpunge, Totseat – the washable, squashable highchair, Uncommon Scent Creations, LLC, Mom Crunch, TotBargains.com, Daily Grommet, Social Media PR Solutions, LLC, Nail Taxi, BooginHead Products: Sippigrip and PaciGrip!, Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc., TheCubicleChick, Mom 4 Life, OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc., Phone Huggie – solution for women on the go, Michele McDonald, IdeaMensch, Dash of East, Backngroovemom, Cindy W Morrison, Huggies, SUCCESS Magazine, TheGrindstone, BellyButtonBoutique – Maternity and Postpartum Store, Bizzie Media Group, Social Buzz Club, Thecoupondiva.com, Baby Bump Maternity, Babble.com, The Nanny Consultant, Cuddlebuggs, LLC, Get Retail Ready!, Lindsay Blogs, Ideas Uploaded, The Essential Business Handbook, weelicious, Living Your Moment, Launch Therapy, Kids II, WhatToExpect.com, The Container Store, The Breast Chek Kit, Kevin Harrington, The Next Big Zing, Stress Free Kids: children’s books, CDs, and curriculums., Market Mommy, Barbara Corcoran, 5 Minutes for Mom, “Inventors Make it Happen”, Jem of the south, Maternal Instinct, Busy Mommy Likes, Invention Addict Inventor Help with Stephen Bozzone, Mommy Nuggets, Dotdot interactive, Davey Cakes, Savor the Success, Sassie Babies, Melissa Crane Photography, Kickstarter, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Mocha Moms, Inc., Effortless Style Interiors, Erika Ward, Stylish Consignments, Aprille Franks-Hunt | Women ReCHARGED, Luminocity, Alison Newton Consulting Services, SPANX by Sara Blakely, Le bibble, Pocket Dots, Pretty in Peace, Coffee with Tierra & How she got started, Baby Walton, The Bag Holder-Dont be left holding the bag, Take it to the Market, iknowamom, Veep Veep, Victoria Pericon, Charming KEYper, The Couple Relationship, Georgia’s BEST Baked Beans, LynnAli Jewelry & Accessories, BowensBergeron- “Carved Couture”, ATL BusiMoms We’re a networking group of local Mompreneurs in Atlanta, She Invented, Collective Experts, Snap Caps by m3 girl designs, Cool Mom Picks, The Mogul Mom, Tory Johnson, Octavo Designs, The Nanny Godmother, Solo Mompreneur, Bean Work Play Cafe, But Are You Making Any Money?, Atlanta Moms, Rene Syler, aka GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER, GalTime Atlanta, Yummy Spoonfuls, Joyful Transformations, Inc., GalTime, Dani Johnson, Dr Alduan Tartt, Diverse Business, ‘preneur, I am my own Boss!!!!, Positive Parenting Solutions, The Chic Entrepreneur, Little PINK Book, Wxia Tv-11 Alive, FemCity Atlanta, NiaMassage, LLC, Womentorz, Ladies Who Launch, NiteSweatz, Pure Belly, LLC, Pix N’ Tray, One Simple Idea, TheDieline.com, entrepreneurship.org, AULYP, Work Smart Mompreneurs, Bottles to Britches Premier Baby Planners, Atlanta Baby Bump, Mommy Talk Show, Baby Nari, Meetup, Stinky Cakes, The Highchair Organizer, Buzzy, Ava the Elephant, Pursue Your Passion Tour, StinkyKids, Eco-Exquisite LLC, Pacimals- the huggable pacifier, Be You, Only Better!, Room Service Atlanta, Business Owners Idea Cafe, Esther Lee Photography, LLC, Willie Crawford Marketing Tips, Insider Friends Of Willie Crawford, The Introvert Entrepreneur, CleverWraps, Inventors Digest, Nicole Dean, Nicole Dean – Busy Marketer’s Coach, Moms in Business Unite – 2011 Atlanta, Moms in Business Unite Conference, Keeping It Real, Detachable Heel System, SingleBubblePop Design Studio, Darlene McCoy, MS. CEO NETWORK, Empower Lounge, Candace Reese (Executive Influencer, Inspirational Speaker), Lifehacker, skirt! Atlanta, The Atlanta Go To Girl, Smart Seat Chair Covers, OneDegreeFrom.Me, Synergy Energy Show with Pam Perry, Kara Allan & Associates, LLC, ZARA, Z Becky Brown, The Founding Moms, marketmommies, The Owie Pillow, Show Me The Blog, Inventor Spot, The Brand New Mommy, Pam Perry, Black Enterprise, The Broke Socialite Does…, Mocha Moon, Entreprenette, Kaira Akita www.prettyfunnygirl.com, Serious Startups, StartupNation – Leading Small Business Content and Community, Ali Brown, Female Success Factor, Made by Joel – Modern Art, Kids Crafts, and Toys, Jack Nadel’s Ideas That Mean Business, Gunamuna, Bit Rebels, Bizzie Mommy, Stodgy Is Sexy, Inventor Notes, Lynn Rose – and the POWER of WOW, Lynn Terry, Smart Money Chicks™, Golden Parachutes Career Coaching Services, A Bloggy Mom, Escaping Mediocrity, Collective-E, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, Passive Panda, Grind & Thrive, Monkey-Toes
What pages do you like on Facebook? Who do you often interact with – or are you just a “drive by” blogger/tweeter/poster? Michele, we can all learn something from you.
Thank you for unselfishly sharing your “digital love” for us social media folks who forget to be social sometimes.
I appreciate you.
Now, I would appreciate YOUR input. Do you feel like you are just talking to the wind on Facebook and Twitter? Hear an echo, “anyone home?” How could you be more SOCIAL in social media? I’m listening!
Pam Perry, find her “digital trail” across the internet at http://about.me/pamperry. (Note, it’s really not “about me” – that’s just the name of that website.) Oh, would love a “vote” from you – I’m trying to get on a billboard in Times Square. This is on my “bucket list.” LOL