Nothing Meaningful To Broadcast? Wait.


We now have the ability to broadcast any observation, joke, complaint or desire instantly for many people to see.  This ability gives us all tremendous power and potential to cause a remarkable idea to spread.  This influence can be cheapened easily by unhealthy usage of the technology and care should be taken.

Denizens of the Internet should be aware that everything they put out results in someone judging their next posting slightly differently based on their prior experience of how ideas were presented.  One post pleading for a vote in a contest or a “like” can color a visitor’s immediate reaction to the more meaningful posts that follow.  The same can happen when inviting fans to something they clearly cannot participate in, e.g., concerts taking place across the country from where the fans live.  If the fans already had their time wasted reading about some event they could not possibly attend why would they take care to read the next update sent their way?

No matter what you write about or put online it is important to be conscious that every release will be carried with preconceived judgments and feelings by those that are familiar with your prior work.

  • This is a good thing if you make what you do meaningful and worth talking about.
  • You will build a following and start to connect with people that actually care and discuss your ideas and creations.

Constant broadcasting can easily become addicting for those that enjoy the instant gratification of a “like” or retweet.  In an ever-connected world there is sometimes a deep desire to constantly reach out and pull tight the threads of the social web.  Attempting to find this connection through a frustrated tweet about waiting in a long line to buy groceries will:

  • Yield a hollow connection to others that related to your mundane and everyday “hardships.”
  • Cause disconnect between yourself and those that were originally connecting with you for your remarkable ideas and creations. 

Write about what matters to you.  If it is meaningful to you chances are it will be to others as well.  Think before you hit broadcast.  Even Conan O’Brien does.


The legoman was sourced from Hazzat (no real name) on Flickr.