I tend to trust everyone or it seems that way initially when I think about it. It’s always been my nature. I might not be the best quality but it is who I am. I can say that I trust some more than others but am finding it hard to figure the qualities that make some stand out over others. Over time my trust will decline for someone or it may even take on a roller coaster pattern.
On Facebook I don’t accept strangers as friends but some friendships have only been in the online world. That’s not to say that I trust real world friends over those I’ve only met online. I’ve formed bonds with people in this program that far exceed some friendship where I can actually meet with the person face to face.
My trust boils down to how deep a connection I have with a person. That connection is formed by becoming close to people and interacting with them often. If we’ve built up that intimacy then I will have more trust for them than others.
One behavior that stands out in regards to who I trust is that they display a positive attitude. There’s nothing more annoying than someone who only complains on social media. I also want to get value out of those I connect with. If someone is flooding my feed with nonsense then I might ignore most of what they post, even it something may be good from time to time. I also look for people that are caring and helpful. I want to know that someone is being genuine and not just in it for their own benefit. It goes back to the trust formula and how all the good qualities are multiplied together and divided by self-promotion. If you are only on social media for yourself, I don’t see many people trusting you.
The person that stands out to me is Paige Mackenzie. While I know her personally, she is a professional golfer and uses social media to build her personal brand. She demonstrates all the qualities I recently touched on. What makes her a great follow is she’s entertaining. She’s knowledgeable in her sport and provides analysis and tips for other golfers.
Paige offers a variety of different tweets by sharing personal life details or content from others. While leading a busy life playing golf, being on air with Golf Channel and traveling the world, she still finds the time to interact with her followers. She’s engaging and builds up the intimacy level that is need to trust someone.
How does she benefit from my trust? The more followers she has the more it might motivate her to continue down a great path with her social media posts. As I interact with her on Twitter, she can know that people are listening and care about what she has to offer.
Do you find yourself trusting those who have a negative attitude on social media?
Is there a value you can put above the rest when it comes to trust?