This is an issue that I have been thinking about for a little while now. The idea is centered around everyone trying to become a “social media expert”. In their epic quest, they decide to constantly retweet and post links to random articles that all say the same thing. “10 ways to be better at Facebook” or “The all-inclusive guide to Twitter” are a few titles that I have seen constantly. I am sure many of you reading this article have also seen these. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here is my message to you: STOP! JUST FUCKING STOP!
I am so tired of seeing some asshole who proclaims to be a “social media expert” do absolutely nothing but re-post other people’s articles a million times. If you want to be a “social media expert” (which is a bullshit claim to begin with), then the title has to be given and earned. People have called me a “social media expert” before and I play the bullshit card. I love social media and all the ins and outs of it, but expert? No sir, I have a lot more to learn before you can call me that. I don’t write about social media because I wan’t to tell people I know everything there is to know. I write about it because I enjoy writing out my thoughts. And since social media is a passion of mine, you all get to read my thoughts on social media. That’s it.
Have I rewritten topics that a bazillion other people have written about? Yes, absolutely. But it’s mainly to harbor my thoughts and organize them. Not to be the “cool kid” behind a fucking computer screen. There is way too much content (of the same exact shitty topic) out there in the social media world. Want to be a “social media expert”? Stop fucking retweeting those shitty topics and write your own. Think of something different. Tie social media into medieval plagues. At least that will be creative and an interesting read.
- James (@JGoodwillieV)