One of the most important things you can do in social media is to say, “Good morning.”

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It’s amazing who will respond, and what they’ll respond with.

Chuck Hester, for example, puts out a daily CHUCKle. Like this one from a few days ago:

Heh heh.

Today I saw Mike Schaffer saying, “Good morning, good morning to you,” which immediately reminded me of the song from “Singing in the Rain” (one of my all-time favorites).

Sorry about the closed captioning; it was the only embeddable version of the song I could find on YouTube. On the flip side, you’ll be able to sing along.

So I asked my tweeps which “good morning” songs they like the best, and got a range of answers. Here are just a few:

First, what a great way to expand my play list.

But more importantly, I find it a refreshing way to start my morning; by connecting with people I may not actually have met, but who are an important part of my extended circle online. And I get to know them just a little bit more by a simple interchange, after which we all go off to start our days (or, in some cases, nights).

These are people

Whom I might actually (I hope!) run into IRL one day… like I did Mary Barber.

Who might become business partners or clients … like Shashi Bellamkonda.

Who might become – and this one’s my favorite – good friends … like Mary, Shashi, Jill Foster and so many others.

And all of that from a simple “good morning” on Twitter.

So – how do you say “good morning”?

Shonali Burke
Founder and publisher of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke helps purpose-driven brands bring big ideas to life. She teaches at The Johns Hopkins University, has gone back to school herself with the Harvard Business Analytics Program, and is creator/lead instructor at The Social PR Virtuoso® online training hub , where ambitious PR pros learn how to unleash their inner Social PR superheroes. Owned by Lola the Basset Hound, she's mad about ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis, though not necessarily in that order. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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