What dating teaches you about social media

Someone who’s back on the dating scene compares the courting process to Twitter and Facebook and offers five rules to follow.

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Because I was married at such a young age, I missed out on a lot of dating and the drama that goes along with it. I also missed out on cultivating a career, because I was home raising babies.

So, here I am now trying to balance a family, career, and social life and have found, thankfully, that two of these have a lot in common. Yes, I have recently had an ah-ha moment. Several, actually. I am finding that making social media connections is just like dating.

They play by the same rules, and your chances are pretty much the same: You’ll win some, you’ll lose some.

Rule No. 1: Get noticed!

In the dating world, when you have your sights set on a special someone, what do you do? You try to get them to know you are alive and do a little flirting. It’s the same with social media connections, maybe there is someone you are eager to connect with on Twitter, begin a dialogue with them. Say hi. Introduce yourself. But whatever you do …

Rule No. 2: Don’t come on too strong.

You want to get their attention, but in a positive way.

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