Remember when Transparency was a buzz word?
As time has gone by, the relevance of transparency has changed only slightly. We cannot really speak of transparency or authenticity without speaking of honesty, integrity, and accountability. It has become more important than ever. Social networking allows us each to connect with individuals we never would have otherwise. I receive notifications daily from users on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, and Instagram who want to connect, friend, follow, or circle me. If I am able to fully view a profile which provides a positive reason for us to connect, chances are I will.
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But to the converse of that, should I not be able to decipher who it is, the actual person who wishes to connect, even if they are just an avatar who enjoys graphic novels, I can decide whether or not that person gets to connect with me. The fact that they do not reveal their true identity often stumps me. What are they trying to hide? It’s not as if they are Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent.
A Blank Profile
Twitter can be a good place to hide or lurk – until users start popping off. I once a conversation with someone on Twitter about this. Their profile was blank – nothing but their Twitter handle, not even a location or occupation listed in their bio. How am I supposed to even want to connect? Why would I believe we have anything in common? Why should I share the details of who I am, the region where I reside, what my profession is, why I think a conversation is relevant if there is no reciprocation involved?
My details were once quite open and public and even still, much of my information is out there, anyone can find me. But in order for me to engage, to share even more of myself, it must be a two-way information exchange. The individual referenced earlier made this statement on Twitter: “Transparency is overrated… sometimes it’s better to separate personal opinions from business persona.”
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I must admit, I was surprised
As a matter of fact, I was more than a little angry. Transparency is overrated (she notes quite sarcastically…), so why should you provide your name, profession, and location in a forum where business practices are being discussed? Overrated, seriously? And on top of that, why not hide your identity and then go ahead and state an opposing opinion? Why would the opinion have any merit or be believable if the person stating the opinion doesn’t reflect merit or seem believable?
I tried to wrap my head around it
Really, I did. Anyone who posted on social media that transparency is overrated would never receive my trust or get my business and, here’s the kicker, how would I even know who this person is and whether or not I am already doing business with them?
Obnoxious Zealots Have their Place
I fear the zealots who just like to stink up my place, my social space, with self-righteous statements. I crave information with absolutely no dread of overload. My point was, and let me clear, if you are not willing to even share your name or job title as you spill thoughts or slam businesses, why would/should I consider your opinion? I will continue down the open path I chose a long time ago.
It’s where I know who I am and so do you.
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