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Don't Be That Guy (or Girl)


On a bit of a rant today, so I’ll understand if you want to excuse yourself. 🙂

Here is what I am observing:

There are some so-called Hot Shots, Big Whigs, SuperStars – whatever you want to call them who are incredibly myopic and self-centered.

Here’s what I mean by that: they KNOW they are dependent on others sharing their message via twitter, facebook, heck – even forwarded emails! BUT, they don’t share other people’s message and help get the word out about other people. Wait. That’s not exactly true. They help a) their peer group and b) they help those who names will benefit their own credibility.

And that just plain sucks.

So, because I KNOW you don’t want to be that guy, here are a few ideas.

1) Be generous. Re-tweet, share and help spread the message for lots of people. Yes I KNOW you want the attention of the uber-famous and re-tweeting them is one way to do that. But it also helps your online rep out a lot if you are known for being generous and supportive to a wide cross-section of people.

2) Don’t name-drop. It’s annoying. And everyone knows that’s what you are doing.

3) Expand the circle of people you talk to. No one likes cliques. I know I am guilty of talking to my tight tribe a lot but I do try to talk to lots of people who show up in my tweet stream.

4) Say please. If you want someone to help you with something – say please. Manners matter.

5) Say thank you. See above.

6) Create relationships with people before you want them to DO something for you.

7) Be nice. Be nice. Be nice.

Ok. Rant over. Would LOVE to know your ideas for being a valuable, useful, and peppy member of the virtual community!

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