I’m prone to random ideas, and last week it struck me that just about any danged crazy thing could (or has) been used as metaphor for Social Media, Web 2.0, or whatever you want to call this stuff. I had some time waiting for a program to install, so I threw out onto Twitter for people to “send me a noun” that I would then attempt to form into some faux profundity about Social Media.
Well, leave it to Twitter. The nouns flew fast and furious, and I had to cut them off quickly or I would have been at it all day. Below is the list of people, the words they gave me, and my replies. I won’t vouch for the quality of the replies, but it was definitely fun. Sometimes the best creativity flows when you’re really under the gun.
- The rutabaga is a vegetable similiar to the turnip. The Root O’ Social Media is building communities. (@JeffReidAZ)
- Getting old corporations to adopt new media is like curing a giraffe of a cough. It takes a while and you’re gonna get kicked. (@TSDivaDani)
- Like a noun is the crux of every good sentence, honesty is the crux of every good blog. (@c_reed (nice one!))
- Travelling snake-oil salesmen used to sell from their suitcase, now they just use twitter and my InBox! (@snakecharmers)
- A good blogger needs a good pair of overalls, because like a farmer at some point you’ll be covered in ****. (@maniactive)
- Like parsnip cowers in the shadow of the mighty carrot, spammers will never quite measure up to the honest blogger (@smlacy)
Even the mighty blue whale knows the difference between the soggy plankton and the nourishing krill of the internet. (@memestorm)
Like the mighty aardvark, you must plunge your moist snout of curiousity into the anthill of social media! (@jeffmann)
L is for the layers of conversation social media brings to discussions, from the meaningful to the totally contrived. (@deanouellette) (ed: Not sure L was a noun, but what the heck)
Many enter the social media vestibule, but they’re not entering the main hall without purchasing a Ticket of Sincerity. (@timedalkat)
- Social Media is the soup of the internet. You have to stir through lots of broth and peas to find the tasty bits of meat. (@spellwight)
I’ll definitely give it another try someday. Maybe make a whole book of these things.
Adam the Social Media Hacker says
Wow, these are great. FriendFeed is like riding a bus, sometimes you over-hear great things and sometimes you are embarrassed for the loud talker next to you. (@adamloving)
Surprised no one threw your name out as a noun.
Here try this: Like Jeff Moriarty, social media can be random, fun and make accomplishing tasks nearly impossible.