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Wanna See My Trucks?

July 31, 2009

“Hi neighbour!” said the little kid next door. “What are you doing?”boy_playing_with_truck_ui-2

The daughter answered that we were just hanging out, enjoying the patio. And what was he doing?  “I’m playing trucks! Wanna see my trucks?”

Earlier we could hear him on the other side of the fence dancing around and singing “I’m five years old! I’m five years old!” in that sing songy voice that little kids do so well.

Of course, we looked at his trucks.. they were very impressive. He was happy we liked his “diggers”.

The whole interchange made me think about social media and how it brings down the barriers that we put up as adults… and essentially allows us to be five years old.. if we want to be.

Think about it.. would you randomly walk up to some stranger on the street and ask if they wanted to see your trucks? Or your dolls, or your business offering or what have you. No. You likely would not, as you would be perceived to be insane or at least borderline creepy.

But if you’re 5 years old, you can do that. It’s socially acceptable. (Mind you, most 5 year olds don’t have a biz offering, but I digress…)

Social media removes that barrier. You are allowed to act like a five year old. You can be forthcoming, friendly and brutally honest like only the really young can be.  You can chat with people,  be a little silly if you choose… ask people to read your blog posts.. take a look at your new application, check out your website…. look at your trucks.   And most will.

And then, like most five year olds do, they share. Introducing you to many new friends who you wouldn’t have met if you hadn’t let down those barriers and in essence, acted a little like a 5 year old.  Without the tantrums, we hope.

Wanna see my trucks?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2009 10:17 pm

    Spot on good analogy! It’s funny when I travel and talk to strangers..they look surprised many times!!

  2. astro permalink
    July 31, 2009 11:23 pm

    I’ve never heard them called trucks before, but sure, I’ll check em out 😉

  3. Tremendous News permalink
    August 5, 2009 10:01 am

    If “trucks” means what I think it means, then yes.

    Also?

    I’ll view Astro’s.

  4. August 5, 2009 2:38 pm

    The downside of course is that social networks encourage and reward infantile behavior from adults. The childlike/childish duality is tricky. Keep the enthusiasm and wonder for discovery, trusting attitude and openness to new people. Lose the petulance, self-centeredness and impatience. Anybody got a wand?

  5. Andre Jimmo permalink
    September 2, 2009 3:44 pm

    You are so right! The downside to social networking is that you don’t know when some creep is being nice just to lure you in to take advantage of you.

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