Just a quick thought for now in-between reserach for other articles...
Since the start of this week, I've received nine separate asks for donations or sponsorship from different people doing all sorts of cool things for the causes they support. All of the asks have been via social media and all but one are from connections I have, but that Iwouldn't call close. I checked a few individual's tweetstreams and it appears that they sent quite a number of (the same) asks to their contact lists.
I have no problem with people asking for support, I just wonder how effective it is when we try to scale-up our social media contacts like this?
I was interested this week by a Harvard Business Review 'tip of the day' article which raised what I thought was an interesting question. How do you say 'no' when someone asks you for an introduction that you're just not comfortable making? The author, Jodi Glickman, talked about her experience of being asked by a colleague for an introduction to her literary agent. For a number of reasons, it wasn't appropriate as it would have reflected poorly on both the friend and Jodi and so she suggested a policy we can all adopt if faced with the same dilemma: