I've been reflecting quite a bit lately. I'm not really sure why, but I'm just going to roll with it and see where it takes me.
As I stare at my empty mug, I think about legacies. Recent events like the fall from grace (and eventual death of) JoePa – and the contributions of social media during the turmoil – lead me to wonder how the participation (or lack thereof) in social networks will factor into one's legacy, either on a personal level or even from a branding perspective.
Let's use Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley for example. Grassley has been widely thumped for his indecipherable and often deliciously crazy tweets – and might I say rightly so. Happen to catch Stephen Colbert's discovery of Grassley? Awesome. Blaming his iPhone's autocorrect as the culprit, he is gaining much attention for his tweeting "style."
I present you with the following:
@toddruger: Your tweets draw attention/criticism, often because they sometimes have random punctuation or capital letters. What is the story behind why you leave those in there? Do you pay attention to anyone's reaction to your tweets?
@chuckgrassley: I think there are a couple of factors involved. I suppose a lot has to do with the automatic correcting done by my iPhone. Second, I love Tweeting, but I don't like to type. So, I probably type and hit send a little too quickly.
P— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 7, 2012
C me intrvud by greta van sunshine on FOX tonite at 9pm central. Fast and furious and white house stonewall my investigation— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 29, 2012
Make no mistake, I'm not singling him out because of his political affiliation, rather he's a prime example of how a legacy could become slightly overshadowed by his use of Twitter, rather than his political policies.
Honestly, are his 41K followers following him out of political support, or are they following him because he's a tweeting nightmare? Hell, I'm following him just for the lunacy and entertainment factor of his 140 characters, I'm not going to lie.
This begs the question: what will your online legacy be? Will your networks' perception of you be a true reflection of how you carry yourself every day? Does the "persona" you're building online parallel your true beliefs and viewpoints, or is it the polar opposite? What about for brands – are they doing themselves justice online?
I want to hear your thoughts. Talkback or hit me up on Twitter – I'm @bootyp.
I'm sorry, but did I miss something? What exactly is so nutty about his tweets other than poor spelling and punctuation, which he already attributed to Auto Correct? Just because you have no idea what he's talking about doesn't make him crazy. Why not try Googling "fast and furious obama doj guns drug cartels" and see what comes up.
Fun read! Katie questions what our Tweets will say about us moving forward? However, half the time I'm just wondering what we're saying?
*Quote Tweeters: These vanilla souled nuns are everywhere! Nothing wrong with passing along an exceptionally worded bit of encouragement, right? Well, the problem is two fold. 1) Quotes tell us nothing about the poster themselves. One typically doesn't interact with quote posts as much as attend them. 2) Words from historically significant people are still just words. Not everything out of Lincoln's mouth deserves a frame. At some point, possibly most points, he was just a tall guy trying not to die of dysentery.
*Animal Tweeters: Most people with standard eye sight find puppies cute. I count myself among that group. But animal tweeters aren't satisfied with swapping cute pet pics. They spend their afternoon (and yours) "advocating" for animals. Here's where I seem heartless: Animals are not PEOPLE! If you're on a human social media site, you might consider that no one gives a **** what your dog is wearing! And if your Twitter avi is a pic of your pet, YOU should be sleeping at the foot of the bed! You have more love to give than places to give it. We get that. But please!...keep the creepy dynamic of a cat filling your social abyss to yourself.
*Political Tweeters: Most of us have some political leanings. Most of us will post a political comment at some point. But if politics is ALL you tweet about, you've chosen to digitally identify yourself with one half of a crap sandwich. If your thinking is true, what will a pat on the back from fellow supporters do? (See pet love)
*My Boyfriend Tweeters: How many "aaawww" replies is enough? Get back to me.
So, while we certainly ARE building a legacy 140 characters at a time, some to our own detriment, my chief concern will remain how little most of you have to say!
Before you tackle how your post history will read to future scholars, ask yourself if you would sit down and talk to you based on what you tweet?
Your fellow tweeters aren't looking for mind blowing daily affirmations. They're looking to connect with other genuine people. YOU are more compelling than your thoughts, trust me!
PS. Many of you have ugly kids. There someone said it. ;)
2 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Katie Klein
Published Sept. 12, 2012
The day started out like any other. And then my email notification popped up. Team Paxton began that day, and now we want you to join the fight.
Published July 13, 2012
Recently while getting my hair cut, I had some pretty hysterical conversations. The kind of verbal exchanges that leave you needing to whiz in your drawers, give you a belly ache from a much-needed laughing fit, or allow you to voice a hearty "hell yes" out loud.
Published May 3, 2012
For once, I'm going to try and keep this post short. Let's see how this goes, shall we? Two words, from me to you - yes, all of you. Thank you.
Published April 2, 2012
Not only has spring officially sprung, it's also t-minus one month or so until a new eager crop of fresh-eyed college graduates enter the workforce. I welcome you youngins'; congratulations on graduating and beginning the next chapter of your professional life. HOWEVER. This blog post is for you. Take what I'm about to say to heart.
Published March 20, 2012
It's not every day that I wish I were a man. I enjoy being a female, albeit a nice, balanced blend of tough chick and feminine lady. But today, man, it would have been nice to be a dude.
Published Feb. 28, 2012
This is an open letter to all businesses (restaurants, retail shops, etc.) in the Milwaukee area that provide a restroom for their patrons. Clean them. Frequently.
Published Jan. 7, 2012
If you've followed me on Twitter or have read any of my previous posts, you already know the love-hate relationship I have with Facebook's functionality, its intentional and dedicated stalker mechanisms, and its screwed up merry-go-round of privacy issues that never seem to be fully addressed.
Published Dec. 6, 2011
Now that I'm well past the year 30-mile marker and rapidly closing the chapter on yet another year, it's time for the obligatory "let's reflect on everything that I still have yet to do in my life." Ironically, as this thought was doing figure eights in my brain, I was I having a conversation with a friend about the crazy things we've done in life, and how wicked awesome it would be if we could have a do-over sometimes.
Published Nov. 7, 2011
This Friday (hey, that's 11-11-11) could be your lucky night. Not only lucky for you, but for the hundreds of Milwaukee area teens who'll benefit from your attendance to the third annual Night by the River supporting local non-profit ArtWorks for Milwaukee.
Published Oct. 24, 2011
"Influence" is an interesting phenomenon, especially when it's mentioned in the same breath as social networking. Back in the day, peers and networks were built upon mutual affiliations or connections, trust, or affinity for the same ideas, material goods or other shared-likeness. I'd like to think a lot of that still holds true, even with the introduction of "influencer analytics measurement" programs such as Klout.