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Hey you did a good job there!
By Dave Winer on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM.

This was an end-of-year piece written on December 30 that got tabled because it was submitted to run in another pub. But they decided not to run it, so here it is. #

One of the things I've learned this year is that at least some people feel that acknowledgement from me is worth something. This is a very foreign concept.  #

Inside my own mind, I am the person seeking acknowledgment.  #

At some point, somehow I got the idea that the opposite might also be true. So I tried some experiments. Random compliments on Twitter to people who I look up to, who I was looking to for approval. Just to see what would happen. #

Hey, they liked it! Amazing. Who would have thought. (But I should have figured this out long ago.) #

You might try it too to see if it works. I bet it does. #

Almost everyone likes recognition. Hey you did a good job there! Keep it up. It's easy to type and say, and the results will warm your heart.  #

I once wrote a piece where I said we're all barking farting chihuahua's and our opinions don't matter one bit. It's still true, but it's also true that somewhere, someone will appreciate a kind word, even if you don't believe it. Might be worth a try.  #

I also wrote a piece once where I suggested that instead of greeting people with Hi How Are You? we said Hello I Forgive You.  #

Similar idea. Only it's likely to get you a punch in the nose. :-) #

A picture of a slice of cheese cake. #

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