You Might Also be a Social Media Redneck if…

by Mike Hanbery on May 18, 2010

in Social Networking Culture,Twitter,social capital,social networking

Feeling the inclination to lighten up a bit. This has been on the shelf for a while. We’ll get serious again soon enough. Maybe. For now, please enjoy our second installment–continuing a concept from an earlier post and with continuing apologies to Jeff Foxworthy–0f:

You might be a social media redneck if:

  1. You Tweet, Facebook or otherwise send links with no explanation as to what they are. Most of us have fat fingered or mis-clicked more than once. But if you’re making a practice of throwing url’s out there without any explanation as to why you’re doing so, you might be a social media redneck.
  2. You Spam. If your Twitter feed is nothing more than a telemarketer, you might be a social media redneck. You may call it, “Affiliate Marketing,” and it might even make you a few bucks but let’s hope you’re sending out your multitudes of “get rich quick” or “get more followers now” garbage anonymously because most of us hate you.
  3. Your posts add no value. Listen: There’s a big difference between, “I am eating lunch,” and, “I eat at GrannyMa’s once a week because it’s a perfect setting for a comfortable business lunch.” If you don’t get which one adds value and which doesn’t and why, you might be a social media redneck.
  4. You buy Twitter followers. I’m sorry, I know people think of this as like buying a mailing list but I just can’t get behind it. Earn your following with consistency, quality content and a commitment to participation or go home, I say.
  5. You use your built-in webcam microphone for your online videos. Take it from an old TV and event producer: People will put up with bad video a lot longer than bad audio. If you fire up the old built-in webcam and then go sit next to your buddy about 20 feet from the computer and then, wearing t-shirts with mustard stains on them, read from a poorly-rehearsed script about how, in about ten minutes, you’ll let me in on the secret of how you got 30,000 Twitter followers in less than a week, you are a social media redneck on soooo many levels. And yes, people hate you.

What social media practices drive you crazy? Self-righteous blog posts, perhaps? Hey, it’s fair game, y’all…

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