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Here’s a nice story about the power of social media to play kindness forward.
Last year someone on my Twitter account sent me a link to an app called Voispot. Feeling generous that day and being a bit of an App Queen (I have hundreds, and I mean hundreds), I decided to check it out. I enjoyed using the app so I wrote a review about it, posted it on my web site and sent the link to the article to the person who had @Messaged me. His name was Larry. Larry was taken aback by what he called my generosity. He didn’t know me and I stood to gain nothing by my review. Actually I wasn’t looking for anything. I wrote the review because I liked the app and I thought it would be a nice thing to do. Larry introduced me to the investors and developers behind the app. We were in regular contact for a while but unfortunately several months ago, for no particular reason we got disconnected.
Then out of the blue Larry contacted me again. He apologised for the break in connection and said that he’d seen my new profile picture on Facebook. Larry thought it was a very nice picture, which showed me in profile wearing long dangly earrings. This gave him the idea that I would make an ideal model for some earrings . The earrings he had in mind are made by a woman he knows from his yoga class called Cristana Shields. Larry isn’t connected to her business in anyway, he just thought I’d look nice modelling her earrings and the picture would be a great advert for Cristana’s jewellery. (How sweet… flattery gets you everywhere with me.)
Larry asked me to have a look at Cristana’s collection and pick any two pairs that took my fancy.
“Shields Jewelry feature custom jewels that promote health and well being of the mind, body and spirit. Every precious stone used to create [their] unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings is selected for it’s advanced holistic properties in obtaining balance, bliss and empowerment while creating an artful expression of your individuality. All items showcased on [their] website are handcrafted by Artisan Cristiana Shields. Each piece has a story and each is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will never be replicated.” (Taken from their website.)
I opted for green jade hand carved happy Buddha heads dangles (the symbol of purity, serenity, wisdom and tranquility – very me). I just missed out on the other pair I wanted (they’re clearly very popular) so Larry asked Cristana to choose a pair for me. These turned out to be a pair of Swarovski disco balls (Turq blue and lime green) with knots between dangles. Quarts is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier on the planet and it also aids concentration and filters out distraction – so I shall be wearing them whilst I’m writing my blog posts in future.
Despite being held hostage by UK customs who demanded a hefty ransom (they call it import duty) my new earrings arrived this morning. Here they are all the way from USA. Do you agree I make a great model?
The moral of this tale is that social media works best when you respond generously to people who reach out to you.
Net benefits: 2 reviews, 2 pairs of earrings and 3 happy, connected people.
By Ola Agbaimoni – The business Detective (Carole Ola)