I am not a 'relationship geek' but I have been thinking a lot about how a 'information geek' can build relationships online and in the process identified a trend that is growing. Sunday I posted my thoughts and observations in Relationship 2.0 and Why Link Love is Dying and judging by the response, it seems to have struck a cord.
Blogging Is Having a Global Warming Effect
I am not talking about the environmental effects of global warming but the impact that relationship geeks are having via blogging – they are warming up the world wide web. For example, May 1st. was blogtipping day. The next official blogtipping day is June 1st. What the heck is blog tipping?
Blogtipping as defined via BusinessBlogWire
"The first calendar day of each month will be a special day for sneaking up behind three other bloggers and giving them each three good compliments and a gentle "tip." If they happen to fall over, that's just part of the fun! And hopefully a good habit of reaching out to encourage someone else will prevail."
I have been writing online since 1998 and authored two books in the last 14 months. So I am sure you can see how important words are to me and writing as much as I do, I spend more time in front of the computer than people. Eventually, even I have to come up for air and make contact with a warm human being, else I loose my mind. Blogtipping is just one of the ways that I will be using to add my own type of warmth to the web.
The other way is of course to write about topics that I am enthusiastic and passionate about and in the process help someone find the information they are looking for and help them grow and connect.
Relationship 2.0 Will Trump Link Love
Link love is not dead, yet. As the Relationship 2.0 movement builds momentum link love will be redefined from just being a search engine optimization strategy to a relationship network of communication, collaboration, and confidence via relationships – which is the first step toward trust, the 'real' currency of doing business online.
In the beginning the web was dominated by IT geeks. Increasingly, relationship geeks are blogging. This trend is simply reflecting real life. As more relationship geeks begin to leverage blogging technology the relationships they build online will create new momentum. The new metric will be the number of friends in your network not the number of incoming, one-way links. Don't say I did not tell you. ☺