“Sabi nga ni Sir Villar, You can’t share to others what you don’t have.”
“I make others happy, even when I am not. Or at least, I try.”
“I know the how it feels; I do that all the time. For me, what I am sharing is not exactly happiness, but the constant courage to fight off that empty feeling.”
From a Facebook conversation with Mr. Earl Gamboa
Oh yes, sometimes feelings can get so intense and you just don’t know how to deal with it. Sometimes it feels so good to keep it all to yourself and then pour it out on video games like Time Crisis and Tekken (Are you talking from experience, KC?)
But friends, we do not have to be alone. We have friends (hey, I just called you mine), our family, and when you still don’t find it comfortable to share with these sets of people, you can turn all the negative vibes into positive energy through academics (I can hear you groan, people).
If turning these vibes into positive energy still doesn’t work, New Social Media can help. Recently I came across a website that lets you tell it all. Six billion Secrets lets a person tell the world about how he or she is feeling—including hopes, fears and dreams—without having to feel prejudice. Some secrets move other people so much that they post another secret to motivate that person who initially posted. Six billion Secrets also becomes an interactive community wherein people can share on Facebook or Retweet a secret they really liked (for whatever reason why).
From the makers of Six billion Secrets also comes Gives Me Hope. These are stories that, obviously, shared to give the readers hope in whatever situation they are in. This side describes itself as FML (F*ck My Life) for optimists. Variants of this website also came up to cater to people with different emotional support, like Love Gives Me Hope and Kids Give Me Hope.
It’s amazing how microblogging can ease people’s emotions and make sharing easier. I believe that pouring out your emotions does not necessarily come in long blog posts. Sometimes, 140 characters are enough to express how you feel.
This can also be true and beneficial for organizations. People follow twitter or blog accounts of corporations, primarily I believe, for customer support. For me, I do it to be in a community of consumers with the same products as mine. If I love the product so much, I can also be interested in what other products the company might release.
What is annoying is that some of these companies’ twitter or blog posts seem fake, like they’re just in it for the money. They bombard their ‘followers’ with information about new products, upgrades, et cetera, without really listening on what the consumers say about the products they already bought. It’s like an ad placed on the web through 140-character posts. There’s no interaction at all.
Microblogging is an important new social media tool, and it presents corporations a lot of potential, only if they will use it efficiently and use it for its real purpose: to interact with the consumers. If they’d be able to do that, then the consumers would probably be so happy that they’d like, retweet, and share. 🙂