We have all seen it. A mediocre action or statement that someone of influence makes and the crowd repeats it. The current nature of the web and mobile technology has made this an amplified occurrence. The last one I saw was just a week ago. It was so bad that I also saw many people call it out for what it was. The statement was neither unique or helpful.
I started evaluating my own actions like this at a conference last year. I was getting caught up in a speakers delivery. Yes he was funny and some of his material was unique. But as I typed a post of one of his quotes I looked over at my friend who was next to me. He was looking at the crowd of people around us. I took a glance at what he was watching. People were doing the same thing I was. They too were posting on their Blackberries, Droids and iPhones.
I am not saying we should stop this practice. I think it is great that people can take part in some of the best content of a talk or event that is taking place half way around the world. This is my challenge though, and I need to take heed as well. Let us be mindful of what we post. Is it really something useful? What is the motive. This is a real balance between personal filtering and transparency. I wrote a post a while back about building my filter. Do you see yourself doing the same thing?
I want to thank Kelly Craft for inspiring me to revisit this as a post. On November 18th she wroteÂ how an absolute nobody hit a 71% klout score. Â In the section of that post called Mentions & Manners… Â she advises us to avoid “gratuitous mentions or RT’s (retweets) of someone high-profile or influential for the sake of looking like one of the ‘cool kids’ ….”
Excellent advice Kelly!