You probably get lots of social media friends asking for “five seconds of your time.” They probably want you to vote for their video on Indi.com. Or they want you to sign a petition for a cause they believe in.
With the nature of social media, you probably don’t see MOST of these requests. They vanish on walls quickly.
But the ones you do see, I’ll bet you rarely do help. Don’t feel bad — statistically speaking, only about 5% of one’s social media contacts do. So if you click “Vote” or “Like” even 10% of the time, you’re twice as good a friend as the broad average of humanity.
But why isn’t that number higher?
I’m not talking about requests for Kickstarter donations here. That’s cash money. That’s something we’re all busting our asses for, and we have to be very judicious in how we spend it. Yes, even five dollars.
But five seconds? Can we not even spare that?
Is our time THAT precious?
I’m not trying to be holier than thou, but I make a conscious, dedicated effort to help out my friends when all they need is a vote or a like. Because I’d want them to do the same for me. And because I believe in my friends.
Listen, I’m not saying an Indi.com contest is going to change anybody’s life. But what if it does? What if it puts them in front of just the right eyes?
At the end of a funny YouTube video, do you even take the second it would require to “Like” the video?
Do you know that if you do, YouTube puts that video in front of more people? Who will enjoy it as much as you did? And maybe that will earn a little dough for the hardworking artist who busted ass to put it in front of you.
Two seconds to Like.
Or five seconds to Retweet.
That’s what I’m asking you for right now.
I’m trying to get a residency in Amtrak’s writer’s program. It’s travel, and it’s free. And I’m feeling me some wanderlust. But if you want to see my full explanation, check my vlog from yesterday.
Right now, all you need to know is that a retweet from you could — COULD, you understand — make all the difference in the world.
So how about it?
Are your five seconds too precious?