The question that comes to mind is "Why is it that we always NEED to compete?" Why is not the question, "Why not join forces and win?"
The capitalist country that most of us live in has taught us to hold our friends close but our enemies closer - this doesn't mean we are actually "close" to our enemies (competitors) but we stay close enough to watch them and make sure they are not screwing us over.
Well....got news for you! The antiques community, although capitalist in nature, is different. Why? Because 90+ percent of us do it for the love of history and the items that have traveled through it.
Sure, we make a living at it but at the same time, we are interwoven with the items we buy and sell. They become an intristic part of our lives. So...how is this different?
It's different because we have the opportunity to "link up" with others of "like mind" and share information. Whether that be helping each other with identification, worth, or the best place to sell an item. It means throwing something "out there" and kicking it around, whether an idea, a problem, a great find or sale, or just getting to know others in the industry.
When it finally comes down to it, how are you using social media to enrich your life? (Notice I did not ask how you will use social media to sell your next item.)