I’ve got a lot of things floating around in my head, so I’m going to use this post to get them down on “paper.” They will be random, but stay with me.
1. Derek Sivers recently gave a talk at TED about how to start a movement. I wrote a post about this based on the same video he uses back in June, but David pulls some new insights from it. My favorite quotes, “Nurture your first few followers as equals, so the movement is not about you.” “Leadership is overglorified. The first follower is the one that transforms the lone nut into a leader.” “If you really want to start a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow.”
2. I’m about to take the Foursquare/Gowalla plunge. I’ve held off for just about as long as I can. And what fascinates me about these new apps and what’s left out of all the buzz is that these are some of the first (popular) apps out there that are bridging the gap between online and offline. We are about to witness a rapid evolution and will be able to trace it back to these two.
3. As I’m prone to do, I’ve been thinking more about Social Media consultants lately. First of all, I’d like to clarify that I’m not a hater of all SM consultants. But if you know me, you know that I put all my stock in successful practitioners instead of those who talk a big game, but have no real success stories with clients to show for it.
Like I said, I’ve been rethinking that. And I believe these folks who spend all day on Twitter trying to build and maintain their following and who have no real experience are actually good for the industry. Because while the rest of us are actually doing the work, they are doing all the yelling – which gets the industry attention. So they do serve their purpose.
I told you they were random thoughts.