Back in June, David Spinks tackled the topic of true transparency in social media. People give the appearance of being nice (or transparent), but how do we really know? The answer, I think one that David and his community arrived at, was we’ll never know for sure. All we can do is interact with people and assume that they are who they are portraying themselves to be.
We all know the saying…”Nice guys finish last.” In a lot of respects, the statement is definitely true. The ones who seemingly get ahead are those that are willing to cut off their neighbors in the name of achievement. By the way, in case you were wondering, there’s a huge difference between competitiveness/achievement and just being downright evil for the sake of winning/achievement.
Anyway, after reading through David’s post again, and watching how some people interact with others lately, I’ve begun to wonder whether or not this old saying applies to social media as well. Sure, there are folks like Danny Brown doing amazing charity work using these tools, but how many know about it outside of people interacting with Danny constantly? Not enough people in my view. This isn’t to say that Danny, or others like him, should go on a promotional spree, but they deserve more recognition than they are getting.
Unfortunately, the people that do get more notice than they should are those that, quite obviously, game the system. I’m not going to name names as I’m sure you’ve had plenty of occasion to interact with them on your own. They don’t spend a lot of time looking for ways to help people, rather, their primary focus is on how many people they can drive to their blogs/Web sites, how many Twitter followers they can amass or even how high of a score they get on some grading platform. But maybe gaming the system is OK…who are we to judge?
Nice guys don’t get enough attention in my view, and until they do, count me in the camp that will be trying to promote them as much as possible. Anyway, how do you all feel? Does the good (genuine) work people are doing get recognized enough? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.