Sharing: Power & Responsiblity

With social media we are independent production houses. We can push out videos, text, images with just a smart phone. The smart phone power we hold in our hand comes with great sharing responsibility. Every day emails, tweets, posts, likes and pictures bombard our attention. It takes seconds to fire off an email, post a picture to Facebook or instagram, or share the latest YouTube video.

Man on phone

Before you share, ask yourself:

  • *Should* you post?
  • What’s the goal?
  • What benefit will your intended audience gain?
  • Do you even have an intended audience?

I love the photo sharing sites. The community, immediacy and education are quite beneficial for me. Imagine a world where, instead of people sharing every single picture they thought was cool, that instead they share only the BEST of what they created. This is subjective, but consider the impact of deliberate sharing. Considered sharing. Sharing the best, on purpose. What would happen to quality? What would happen to the standards of the community over all?

Now some of us do this, but I ask what if we ALL shared on purpose?

The Author

Sean Oliver

Sean Oliver is a management consultant in Seattle, WA