Do You Say Enough “Thank You’s” Online?

In earlier times, a thank you note was a given.  Someone did something nice for you?  Send a thank you note.  Receive a gift?  Send a thank you note.  For big things and for little things, the thank you note was an ordinary part of life.

These days, though, the thank you note has largely fallen by the wayside, and that’s unfortunate.  (Of course, the folks at Send Out Cards are helping to change that.  I’m not affiliated with them in any way, but I like their model.)  I have to admit that I’m not always so good about it either.  The busy-ness of business sometimes gets in the way.

So what does that have to do with social media?  Well, in this crazy world of social media, we rely on people to spread the word about us.  We want them to share our blog posts, forward our status updates and newsletters, tell others about our business.  After all, we rely on word of mouth to help us gain exposure in social media.  But when people do share, are you acknowledging it?  People like to be appreciated for their efforts…direct sellers are masters at appreciation.  But do we remember to say thank you for the little ways our information flows out each day?  Are you even paying attention?  You should be.

If you use Twitter, a simple “thanks for sharing” tweet is one good way.  I also use the Search bar in Facebook to type the names of my articles (in quotation marks) to see who’s sharing.  I don’t catch everything, but I do leave a quick note of thanks under the shared posts when I find that folks have shared them.  You can also use services like Postling, Google Alerts, and SocialMention to see who has been sharing your content.  It might be on Facebook, Twitter, a blog, or somewhere else.  Sometimes a simple “thank you” can be the beginning of a brand new relationship, especially if the person has stumbled upon your work as a result of something shared by a mutual friend.

There are folks out there who say that they don’t want to read tweets of thank you’s from others.  That it’s a waste of space.  Nonsense, I say.  If someone has helped you out by spreading your content, say thank you.  We are an industry founded on making personal connections with others.  And a Thank You is a great way to begin a relationship.

Thank YOU to all the many of you who share the content in this blog every day by clicking the share button, linking from your blogs, etc.  I try to thank as many of you as I can as I come across your posts, but I know I don’t find them all.  Please know, though, that I appreciate every single one of you from the bottom of my heart.

Who have you thanked today?  What are your thoughts?  Would love to read them in the comments!

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4 Responses to Do You Say Enough “Thank You’s” Online?
  1. Angela Samuels
    August 24, 2010 | 7:05 am

    Thank you.
    You are so right! I was doing research about auto direct messages for Twitter the other day and one writer said don’t waste your time thanking them for following you. I put thank you for following me anyway.

    Angela Samuels

  2. Janette Stoll
    August 18, 2010 | 6:17 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I definitely don’t think it’s non-sense to say thank you. You can never over thank someone in my opinion. Besides, it’s truly about being human and practicing good manners. I’ve probably thank the bots (for retweeting) on Twitter :).


  3. Jill Pfefer
    August 18, 2010 | 1:28 pm

    I think this article is great- so many people forget these two simple words that are so important! Thank You Jennifer!

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