Are You Networking or “NOTworking” via Social Media Networks?

Last week, I removed a new member from an online networking group because their idea of networking was spamming other members.

Though new to the group, they weren’t new to social media.

Within an hour of joining, they spammed every group member and posted an ad and website link promoting their new business.  I termed this activity, “NOTworking”.

Removing members is a loathsome task. I use social media to network with people, not “police” them.   That brings me to my topic question:  Are you Networking or NOTworking?

What is “NOTworking”? Its the opposite of  “Networking” and it doesn’t work.  Its what “NOT” to do when  building a genuine network.

(My) Definition of NOTworking: (not a real word)

Under the guise of “genuine networking” – NOTworker’s ignore online etiquette and misuse venues for the sole purpose of self-promotion, personal agenda fulfillment and/or personal gain.

NOTworker’s don’t add value. They’re not interested in genuine networking, ie., collaboration, relationship cultivation and/or member engagement.

NOTworker’s suck up resources for self-benefit.  They either don’t know or don’t care about networking principles and online social networking etiquette. “Netiquette”.

Removing members is a last resort for me, but I don’t consider NOTworker’s group members.

Networking is more give – less take. I don’t network to get something in return; if something results, I’m happily surprised.

Genuine Networking isn’t about you. When you’re all about you, you don’t attract people – you repel them.

My suggestion:   Treat networkers as potential friends, neighbors or colleagues. Who knows, one of your online networking partners may be your boss someday.   Just something to consider.

To avoid “NOTworking” online, I follow networking principles, online etiquette and respect others.

If you plan to build your network, get to know your networking partners – that’s Networking … not “NOTworking”.

For additional online social networking tips, check out these article links:

The Principles of Reciprocity –  Wikipedia.org

Online Etiquette –  Netiquette Core Values of Networking

Happy Networking!

Terry

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