I was sitting in the room at SOBCon in Chicago over the weekend. It was a wonderful event. Though numerous times either a speaker or an attendee led their thoughts with “please don’t tweet this.”
Because the people wanted to be able to express a a strong opinion or position as a way to create a deeper, more engaged conversation and stay authentic, but were concerned about how their comments would be taken “in the wild.” You know, that place where context is a fleeting fantasy and soundbites rule over understanding and accuracy.
I’ve actually had a similar experience in a number of other settings. In an odd way, it seems channels known as the protectors of transparency, authenticity and truth have created a dynamic where people are increasingly scared to be transparent and speak the truth, because of the risk of being taken “the wrong way by the wrong people.”
Always on, all the time doesn’t always work when your goal is the cultivate an environment where participants in a conversation feel safe enough to get real.
So what do you think? Is twitter the ultimate transparency catalyst or is it a truth killer?
Or something in between?
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