Tip of the iceberg

Tip of the iceberg

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 08 Jan 2010, 12:10 AM – 5 Comments

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Seems simple but it’s not.

We make assessments based on what we see. What is visible and what our senses can make out influences our thinking all the time.

Today, more than ever people are sharing information via one ore more social networks. This may give the feeling that what is shared is everything. This may be true in some cases but in most cases what you see is the tip of the iceberg. It is hard for someone to share everything that they would share with a close friend. It is not required either.

Think about someone that you met over a social network. You knew a lot about the person via your interactions within the social network. As you built a relationship with the person, you will notice that you learned a LOT more about the person. What you saw in the social network was the “tip of the iceberg” and what you will discover when you build relationship is the “iceberg.”

Being “very” active on the social networks should not be an excuse to shy away from building close relationships. You still need to carve out the time necessary to build the next level of relationships.

The tip of the iceberg is just that – tip of the iceberg. The iceberg is WAY bigger than the “tip of the iceberg.”


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5 Comments so far, Add Yours

Ananth  on January 8th, 2010

Hey very apt comparison indeed.

Kyle Hansen  on January 8th, 2010

It’s fairly easy to develop relationships online, but the real ones come when you ‘get out of the office’ and actually meet these people to further develop the relationships!

pierrot  on January 8th, 2010

What we show in the Net is what we WANT to be see on the Net. You`re giving us something to think about one more time :)

Rajesh Setty  on January 8th, 2010

Ananth, Kyle and Pierrot:

Thanks for the comments here.



Steven Diamond  on January 8th, 2010

Very interesting Rajesh. I have experienced exactly this myself. Which lead me today to write a post on my blog about “Keeping Secrets.” I do however agree with Pierrot that a lot of times what we project on the internet is the social mask we want others to see. Great post!

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