No, I am not going to show you the money, I didn’t mean that kind of help. However, I do want to be able to support my community in an effective, purposeful way. Unfortunately, even if my efforts were well intended, it appears I have either been a really crappy friend or just lazy……or both.
I was reading Triberr, Twitter & Blogging by my friend @TheJackB and he made a couple of statements that kind of knocked me upside the head. The first being ‘Twitter has turned into more of a broadcast channel than it used to be.’ The other about ‘not wanting to turn his Twitter stream into something that looks like I do nothing but broadcast.’
Yikes, have I become ‘that guy?’
How did you let that happen?
There is one school of thought that people think I am SO plugged into social, how could I possibly miss a single thing? The other school of thought, and it’s really the accurate one, other than the early days, you have probably never seen me break a sweat in here.
What I mean by that is I primarily exist in Twitter and the blogs. I might occasionally comment in Facebook, but rarely post anything there. If I go to your place, I will retweet your post and try to add a little ‘flair‘ with a pithy comment.
The other thing I will do is check my tribe mates in Triberr and retweet their posts; again with the pithy comment.
That’s it; that is all you have been getting from me.
On the surface you might think that doesn’t sound too bad; but in reality it is like I am puking up a comment stream of 20 tweets in a row so how in the world could anybody think to pick one out of this stream and visit?
You suck Dorman.
It sounded like a good idea
Trust me, I will look for the ‘easy button‘ and Triberr certainly allowed it to be easy for me to support my community. However, when Twitter becomes just a broadcast platform am I just adding to it with my lazy form of support? Would it be better not to even do it at all?
People have dropped me from LinkedIn because my ‘stream’ was overwhelming to them. That is probably pretty annoying when it appears 9 out of 10 posts seem to be coming from the same person, don’t you think? I have certainly dropped people from Twitter for exactly the same thing.
What I did do is un-link the two accounts. Unlike some, my MO is to be popular and I certainly don’t want to be known as ‘that guy.’
I have recently signed up with Buffer and it allows some spacing, but is there really any significant benefit of reweeting these days?
Twitter is still my platform of choice
My big question of the day is, am I doing you more harm by associating you with my ‘stream,’ you know, the green booger one? Would you be better off just promoting yourself?
Truthfully, it is rare I will open a link from a post on Twitter. I usually go to my Google Reader and work it from there. If I’m not opening tweets, I wonder how many people still do? I’m guessing analytics would probably give me this info, huh?
You seem to be lost
Not wanting to be ‘that guy’ prompted this post. However, I will close with this: Your life doesn’t have to be a reflection of what someone else thinks it should be. You can make it your own. You should define your own value system. Take the time to figure out what is important to you and put your heart into it. Make it your reason for living, even if the thing you live for seems unforgivably stupid to everyone else you know.
I have decided it does not matter as much as to what you do in life, but only that you do it well and continue to find satisfaction in it.