blog soup 01.23.2012
Crack that whip! And other social media DOHs.
by Stan Faryna
Devo, Whip It!
Jayme Soulati reminds us that it’s not easy being on a pedestal.
Jayme also gives a warm and friendly shout out to her favorite bloggers’ bloggers: Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer), Gini Dietrich (@ginidietrich), Jay Baer (@jaybear), Danny Brown, (@dannybrown) and Marcus Sheridan (@thesaleslion).
It’s easy to hit a bloggers’ blogger’s blog post and come away saying, hey, what’s the big deal! OR, hey, this bozo is a stupid clown!
But reaching for the sledge hammer of a comment to lay some smack down on a stupid clown may be jumping the gun. Everything they have accomplished to make them a bloggers’ blogger doesn’t ride on that blog post. Or you. Obviously.
Or maybe that wasn’t obvious to you. Or me!
Now we know. [smile]
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Three things from Umair’s blog post:
10. If you want the world to care about you, show some caring to the world.
9. If power corrupts, concentrations of power corrode
8. You need a whole brain to be a human
Umair is irreverent, unapologetic, and, brutally honest. But he also cares in a very honest and deeply compassionate way. He cares about the world. He cares about human beings. He want’s to see profound solutions – not just more PR and self-promotional spin.
Oh – Umair’s comment on Davos applies to the blogosphere. But I think you already knew that without me having to spell it out for you. Phew!
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Marcus proposes 8 things that matter in social media:
a. Great Teaching
c. Powerful Communication
g. Genuine Service
h. Legitimate Relationships
You can say that again, Marcus!
When It Comes to the Future of Social Media, We’re All Clueless.
Mark Zuckerburg allegedly took other people’s ideas, made them his ideas, and made something awesome out of that. That’s not saying those other people could have made Facebook. But that is a reminder that much good is too often fueled by much evil.
Regarding Jack Dorsey, Twitter is not an epic idea and the service could be a lot better than it is. But he had the right connections to people who have money and, more importantly, people who like to make more money.
That’s the real lesson. That nice ideas and, sometimes, even genius, is a dime a dozen. In other words, it is worth less than two cents. Money makes all the difference.
Or does it?
Kindness, I’m not going to argue with that. [grin] I like kindness. I like it almost as much as helpfulness, gratitude, and love. Don’t you?!
It might also be said that when it comes to social media period, we’re all clueless.
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Oana wants to convince us that the politically motivated protests last week in Romania represent a Romanian consensus, “a tsunami”, and the beginning of a revolution.
I could come right out and say that Oana Maria Dan is working for the same political parties (unsuccessfully) trying to stir the pot because they want their chance again to rob the cookie jar – a cookie jar that happens to be empty.
But that would be jumping to conclusions. Ok, Oana doesn’t want to add me on Facebook as a friend and she doesn’t want to discuss the subject with me. She isn’t replying to my messages either. [grin]
On the other hand, the Global Voices’ editor approved my comment to Oana’s blog post and that goes a long way. It demonstrates a certain open-mindedness that I have to respect. Veronica Khokhlova, Global Voices Regional Editor for Central and Eastern Europe, is awesome like that.
Harvard Business Review Editors, on the other hand, have killed most of my comments representing an opposing opinion.
What revolution? What consensus? What tsunami?
As we all know what happened with the tsunami that hit Japan (a tragedy that cries to heaven!), perhaps she meant tsunami with some tragic sense of tongue and cheek. But you’ll have to explain it to me. I’m stupid like that.
Consensus? That’s silly. Consensus doesn’t happen in Romania. But deals can be brokered.
What revolution? If you could take a picture of 100 people protesting in Bucharest this chilly winter morning, I’ll give $100 for that picture as long as I can verify the protesting happened from one of my many friends that happen to be taxi-cab drivers.
$100 is good money for a picture in Bucharest. The newspaper pays $60 to girls for 100 shots of that girl topless or naked and they keep all photos and rights.
It doesn’t even have to be a good picture.
I’m not saying that Romanians don’t have cause to protest. There is even cause for a revolution, but Romanians just don’t swing like that.
I am saying that there is some US and European pressure on the trouble-making political parties to shut it down because the US and Europe don’t need disingenuous new stories and editorials that can trigger stock market unease over yet another European country (and Nato ally) on the brink of political instability, bankruptcy, and shouting out how they will never ever be able to repay the World Bank loans that presently pay the salaries of the Romanian government.
Romanian leaders (false or otherwise) just don’t know how to play ball without being reminded of all the rules of the game. At every play. That’s how it is in Eastern Europe.
In a way, I understand Oana. She wants something to happen. She wants change. But I don’t see a daily picture of Oana standing out there with her sign, leading the protest, and chanting for the end of corruption, lies, and evil.
And, please do understand me clearly on this one point:
I do not blame Oana Maria Dan for not being out there in the cold. Alone.
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Danny asks the hard questions about the trash-talking spin that now abounds and flourishes:
1. Why do we have to bang the nails into the coffin of industries that are still very much alive?
2. Why do we have to look at an industry that’s been around for years as “ending”, just because there are new tools available?
3. Is there really such a thing as an ending, anyway?
Danny ends with another question that is key to understanding the appeal of mean-spirited, social media headliners:
If there are solid enough foundations already there, isn’t it better than starting again?
We all want to be lifted up on the rising tide. There’s the appeal. The lack of competition. First mover advantages. Failures behinds us. Fresh opportunities to exploit. That’s what belies the excitement of the iPhone killer, the android killer, and the Facebook killer.
And, maybe, just maybe, we need to take responsibility for and tone down the sexy in our headlines, blog post titles, etc.
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23 January 2012
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