All of us are using social media products. Some of us are members of Linkedin. Some are members of Xing. Some of us like to listen and comment to podcasts, and one thing for sure – we all read blogs (hey, you are reading this post…).
Jeff wrote a nice post about social networking ethics. It made me think about the different characters we often meet in the 2.0 space:
The Babe – she is good looking and she knows it. Her flickr shows it clearly. She has a great head shot in her profile, and sometimes she even adds some innuendos to her writing. Surprisingly enough she has a lot of online friends. And I say – we want more!
The Plaxo Spammer – he switches companies every week, and have new contact details every other day. From some strange reason he thinks that we all need to know his current mailing address, phone number and birthday. He uses Plaxo to notify us all, and asks us for our own details. And I say – man, we don’t care about your new job. If you were a friend we’d have known about it anyway. Do us all a favor and keep a Gmail account, so if we want to find you, we know how.
The Obsessive Networker – he has accounts in Linkedin, Plaxo, Facebook, Ning, and in social network sites in Madagascar. No site is too small for him, no country is too little. If he has less than 5000 contacts in each site, he feels that he failed. He puts his connection amount after his name, as if it is a medal. And I say – social networks are all about connecting with PEOPLE and not PROFILES. Think about it before you send another connection request. And no, I am not talking about good people who actually help others to communicate and meet.
The Virtual Stripper – he writes everything in his blog and twitter. Everyone know what he did last night, including the dental floss he used before going to sleep. He also writes useful posts in his blog – but they are hard to find. And I say – we care. And we don’t. At least tag the personal things accordingly.
The I-Am-All-About-Business Guy – he never, never writes anything personal about himself in his blog. He thinks that his picture without a suit is personal enough, and never voices his opinion if it is controversial. He never talks about his wife, kids, favorite shows. He is here for business, and that’s it. And I say – I understand you, but this is a different kind of media. Tell us a little bit. Not much. It will be enough.
What other kind of people did you meet in the social media space?