They say one’s influence is limited not by the frequency of their communication, but by the quality of ideas and recommendations. At risk of diminishing my own role as an online opinion leader of sorts, here is my monthly anthology of 7 ideas I think are worth sharing with others.
Blog: Things Marketing People Love. If you ever work in or with a marketing agency, this will make you LOL. You have heard these words bandied about as if they were sacrosanct, although on their face they mean very little. Since we’ve already learned about white people and journalists, why not marketing? And make your own submissions via Twitter.
Colleague: Gabe Bullard. Back when we were working on Highway 61 (revised), there was no one who’s insights into online communications I trusted more. That hasn’t changed, so if you’d like to share these ideas, he’s still on the internet.
Meme: #hcmyth . With so much disinformation being active spread about Health Care reform, why not make fun with ridiculous myth-making of your own? My colleague Beth Carpenter helped start and promote this hashtag on Twitter, which set off any number of LOL funny myths about health care. My favorite? “RT @tobytobitobe : Under ObamaCare, all Starbucks beverages will be pre-ordered “skinny, nonfat, hold the whip.” It’s for the best. #HCMyth“
Music: Blip.FM . As you might have guessed reading my post about music and opinion leaders, I am enamored in the peer recommendation system of Blip. Or maybe I just enjoy playing DJ, even if it’s just to my Twitter followers.
Social Network: 3121. This is an idea who’s time has come; the social network for Capitol Hill staffers. While you need a House, Senate, or Committee email address to sign up (still in beta), it’s easy to see the promise of a networked directory (3121 is the extension of the Capitol switchboard) that connects people and ideas in such a focused audience. Congrats to the National Journal and New Media Strategies, and god luck on launch.
Theory: Balance of Power. In politics, this describes a group of strategically allied parties that come together to create parity in systematic power. In the world of hip-hop, there are Great Powers (Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 cent) and middle powers (The Game, T-pain, everyone on Def Jux). This theory actually works well when it’s explained at length, so please
Video: Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate. Your favorite neighbor was always there for the children, inspiring many generations of kids to know they are special and loved.
One time I was asked “what’s cool and new in your ‘hood?”, to which I replied:
Being polite, friendly, and helpful. Lately I’ve been helping my new neighbors move in, or even just talking with them about things I would ordinarily care less about. Since we’re together we might as well stay. Sometimes they don’t even steal my packages.
But as usual, the cool things in my ‘hood are IMAGINATION and MAKE BELEIVE. It helps out a lot when you live on the wrong side of the trolley tracks. Won’t you be my neighbor?
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Extra Credit: Twittering too much. On top of the Twitter backlash and outright recycled cliches (thanks AP), those of us actually in the know (ie using Twitter) now have the capacity to call out abuse of the statusosphere. And while I am guilty as anyone else of using microblogs in micro-minded oversharing, Twitter remains an opt-in system where “unfollowing” is just as effective as “block”. Ultimately there is no one right way to use social media just as there is no single valid cultural expression, but the overshare of information just serves to diminish your own ideas. You can call out abusive tweets on TweetingTooHard or simply LOL as Tweetspeare calls me out on it.