versy gets eyeballs . . . and eyeballs virally lead to other eyeballs :) (That's as true in social media as it is print, television, etc.)! I mean, hey, I even watch the "Flavor of Love" when it's on because I know something crazy is about to happen!
I say this is good stuff because WOW . . . I have never seen what could really be an honest and frank conversation about all of our industry networks (no, never!) Will it be? Probably not . . . but it's progress (and for that, I give a thumbs up).
Now, in terms of me being "mad" at ERE - that's a little too far to the left. See, I disagree with many of the things I see over there (of which I've already named, not including censorship, the chilling of free speech, or the terms of agreement that basically suggest that anything we post on the network is then the network's property and no longer our own - yeah, no kidding!) Now, am I "mad" about those things? No, not really - like I said, I still go over there sometimes because there are some smart and 'cool' people I respect :) At the same time, I inherently understand that I'm stepping into a pool hall where there are cliques, 'inner circles', gangs, etc. . . . just like a prison (or, for the sake of argument, any other industry). Is there a chance I might get whacked over the head with a cue ball or pool stick for saying something against the status quo? You bet - in fact, I have some lumps that still haven't went away :) But I mean, hey, I take that that chance from time to time (although I spend more time over here for the overwhelming positive reasons I've stated).
See, I go for the content and ideas . . . which are from the minds of the people, not the network itself. [Isn't that the notion of "talent", the very bedrock of why we exist in the first place?] If I did have something to be mad about, it would be the email I got from a guy suggesting that "Marines are best kept in body bags - too bad you're not in Iraq right now." That's when I realized that it was time for me to open my mind up to new alternatives . . . and RBC's timing was perfect. To clarify, was it ERE's fault I received the mail? No, not at all. I mean, let's be honest - policing 50,000 members is nearly impossible. But it was enough for me to scratch my head and say, "Whoa . . . " See, that's what I call a harmful ecosystem, not one that has enough sunlight, food, and water to stimulate sustained growth (RBC prepped the ground with some Miracle-Gro for ideas, conversation, and industry progress).
Now let's take a moment to tie this into the intersection of social media and our industry itself (hey, we talk so much about social media and talent . . . why not talk about how social media has impacted our industry itself?). My take is this: Basically, what I've done is write a post on my blog hereand mentioned why I like one restaurant better over another. Then, the Top Chef of the other restaurant came to the table in my little grass hut (my blog) and disagreed. Am I right? Frankly, it doesn't matter! . . . It's only my opinion - an opinion that I posted on my blog. :)
See, a Top Chef of a restaurant can disagree with me that RBC's food and atmosphere are better all day long . . . but at the end of the day, RBC is going to continue 'getting my business' and I'm going to tell all my friends and family how great it is :) I know a Top Chef in Atlanta that keeps an eye on the "hot spots" and tries to incorporate the best ideas and practices . . . and I know another Top Chef in Atlanta that puts up a defensive barrier and rejects how another restaurant could be better. Yeah, there is enough business for both . . . but the "hot spot" can charge more and gets more press . . . in our day of Social Media, WOM is very, very, very powerful, perhaps moreso than ever before :)…