I was curious and searched Facebook to see how social, Social Media Savants actually were. Apparently not as social as I would expect. The Social Media Savant, on Facebook, posts good content, sporadically, but only has 39 Friends. I would have expected thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Friends with having ‘savant’ status. Can you be a shy, social media savant? It would seem to be a conflict of terms but the internet is the great equalizer when it comes to introverts and extroverts, playing together in the same sandbox.
Then my research revealed yet another category, Social Savant. I wonder where they stand on the ladder? Here is the content from their business profile.
“I don't have time to fill in the company description right now. As soon as I sit down and really do some hard thinking about the business plan, etc., I'll get it done. In the meantime, know that we are a social media marketing company that operates on all social platforms to deliver the finest results to our customers. Our customers' needs come first; we won't try and sell them anything they don't need, and we will communicating every step of the way to ensure that the product delivered is the product desired.”
Hmmm, that doesn’t sound very social to me. I think they might be trying to sell me something …
At what point can a person proclaim that they are an expert? I’m sure that an advanced degree in social media marketing might make you an expert, but I would imagine that by the time you ended your schooling, many of the social medial platforms that you mastered, would be defunct. There is a long list of social media platforms that have gone the way of the dodo bird. What of those experts? Were they able to leverage their experience and move on to the latest and greatest platform of the day?
As a social media marketer myself, albeit for personal and non-profit organizations, at what point can I declare my expert status? I have about a dozen Facebook Pages that I own or administer, all on different themes. Ten or so Twitter profiles. A few Linkedin Groups and several YouTube Channels. I’m close to finishing writing my next e-book “Think Marketing! An On-line & Social Media Approach to Increasing Toastmasters Club Membership”. I am presenting webinars on social media and hosting live Blab broadcasts.
After three nights of restless sleep, having active dreams about Facebook and ghosts, I felt that was a little unusual. Perhaps I shouldn’t watch the Haunting with my wife before going to sleep. Was I becoming a Social Media Savant where it was taking over every hour of my life, awake or asleep, or could there be another reason? I have narrowed it down to caffeine overdose. I drink decaf coffee and tea all day, every day but the culprit seems to be my daily cup of extra-strong cocoa. Mud, seems to keep me awake at night.
I’m at a stage of my life where I am anticipating retiring from my 40 year nursing career and moving on to something else. I’m fairly social. I spend a lot of time on the computer. I’m well-connected. I could get used to wearing black pyjamas, at least around the house.
How will I stand out from all of the other self-proclaimed prodigals? Rae Stonehouse Social Media Maximus! Has a certain ring to it. What do you think … can you trump that?