When do three C’s add up to one C?
Let me explain.
Recently, I was listening to a show hosted by Google+ Hangout extraordinaire, Mia Voss (link here). Mia and her guests were taking a look back at the 1st quarter in social media. There was one word Mia mentioned that really struck a chord with me: collaboration.
NOTE: Although Mia was referring to Google+, I think it can happen on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn – take your pick. But, for purposes of this post, we’ll focus on Google+.
My brain went into overdrive immediately upon hearing the word collaboration. Social media allows you to communicate with others, make connections which can lead to collaboration. Let’s take a quick look at each of these:
COMMUNICATION: Each social media platform enables communication, right? We communicate with our followers or those who have ‘liked’ our pages. Discuss the latest news, ask or answer questions, let others into our world through videos or pictures – all via social media. In turn, they can communicate with us, especially on Google+. It’s a two-way street. One-way communication is a HUGE turn-off. Communication can also lead to a new…
CONNECTION: By communicating WITH others on social media, we can meet new people or new fans. We can find people with similar interests or passions. We can partake in a sporting or social event together even on social media. By finding our similarities, maybe we can start a…
COLLABORATION: I’ve seen this happen through both Twitter and Google+. People communicate, connect and find there’s a common vision enabling collaboration. It’s easier to see on Google+ Hangouts. A quick Hangout (video call) invitation can turn into an hour-long call. That hour allows people to get to know each other easier than a generic phone call or email. I’ve tried to do projects with people through Twitter, but they didn’t pan out. Why? I’m not sure. Hard to decide if someone would make a good working partner through 140 character tweets.
Communication + Connection + Collaboration. Three C’s. Add them together and what do you get? What does it all mean?
Communicating, Connecting, Collaborating – all of these occur in our daily lives in the communities we live in. But, they happen on Google+ every single day too. It is through those C’s, that people feel a bonding, a coming together…a community. They develop friendships, working relationships, even businesses – every thing you would think of that happens within your local community, happens on G+.
Some take it a step further and actually form a G+ Community around a certain subject. There are interior design, crafting, gaming, tech, social media, college basketball, photography and so on and so on. Think of Communities like message boards – a place where you can chat, share, joke around, or whatever around a common interest.
Whether it’s the community we develop with others or joining one, both are all about Community.
I’d love to hear from you.
- Have you formed a community on your chosen social media platform?
- What makes it a community?
- Have you joined a Community on Google+?
- Are there any other qualities that help form a community in social media?
Let me know in the comments below.
And, thank you for being a part of this little community.