The number of people online in a day is astounding. Moreover, the number of social networks has continued to increase. From the ever popular Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest to newer social blogging platforms like Day2DayTips, people all over the world flock and commune. Without a doubt, this has made the world a click away. Likewise, friendships and ties have transcended physical boundaries and moved on into the cyberworld. Do you have an online friend? I bet you do. Chances are you may have hundreds if not thousands of connections. What number of online friends do you actually keep close in spite the great distance or cultural difference that separates you?
Online communities are often formed in social networks and online writing sites. Whether online earning or online writing have been the initial motive, one soon finds himself in the company of great people. Furthermore, with the continued interaction, we uncover and learn more about our online friends and begin to nurture it. So how do we foster better relationships with our online connections?
Respect your online friend
When you find yourself in the virtual world you’ll not know whom you will meet. Moreover, the encounters may be brief and at times it can be a lasting friendship. Regardless how transient it may be or how enduring it is, let your interaction be founded on respect.
Cultures vary, beliefs are equally divers moreover, what you value may not be the same as others. This is the reality of life – online or otherwise. By understanding this simple truth, you can encourage more meaningful relationships online.
Speak the truth and foster trust
People tune in to words that they want to hear. But personally, I’d rather hear the truth. Of course, being straightforward is expected however it should be done in a courteous and tactful manner. The truth may usually hurt, but ensure that you pick your words so the sting comes from the truth and not the words you have chosen.
I’m fortunate and unfortunate at the same time. Fortunate since I have found a home where I can speak the truth and share it with others. Moreover, I’m fortunate as others do the same. On the other hand, I’m unfortunate for I have encountered people online who provide false information and are not true to their word. I guess there are quite a number of us who have experienced or heard about these. Nevertheless, I hold on to the blessings such as D2D that in spite of dismal experiences and encounters, there are still places where truth and trust are valued.
Encourage and support
Numerous online communities provide a venue to share ideas and experiences. Moreover, some write to express their ideas and emotions while some others write online to share information. As a community and more importantly as online friends, we help others by encouraging and supporting them.
Encouragement and support can come in a myriad of ways. A simple gesture of liking the post, sharing it in social networking sites, leaving comments and promoting the post can show one’s support.
No one is requiring you to be online 24/7. Rather, we nurture online friendships by spending time no matter how limited it may be. It is essential to keep in touch with your online friends so we continue to connect with them.
I spend my day browsing through the net for information and for research. But it just brightens my day to read messages from online friends. Starting the day with a simple hello or how are you can be uplifting.
Return the favor
Online communities thrive on interaction, commenting, posting and sharing. When your online friend is kind enough to do this for you, return the favor and do you part. With the social networks becoming linked with one another, it’s easy to find ways to help out a friend.
Whenever you can, return the favor since it is the right course of action. Even the tiniest gestures can have gargantuan effects.
Online friends are no different from your usual friends. Although you only meet in the virtual world does not imply they are less of your friends. It is true that out of a thousand connections you have online, not everyone will have a deep connection. But those that do are worth keeping and nurturing.
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