When social media gets too social…

posted by Brendan Hodgson

The problem I sometimes have with social media is that it’s so, well, social. In fact, it’s quite likely that were I not blogging, I would not have met many of H&K’s direct (and indirect) competitors – who are generally quite nice people. But damn if that doesn’t take away from the thrill of the fight. Even panels at conferences on social media – where people really want to see some blood – have largely become love-fests. It’s a shame. In the context of corporate Canada rarely do we enjoy true face-to-face confrontations, other than perhaps a few stares and glares as one pitch team walks into a boardroom as another walks out.

And that’s disappointing. Which is why I sometimes wish we might all one day gather up our respective teams, meet in the middle of a field, and (if nothing else), lay down some heavy aggro on one another… much like this:

or this (itself a fine piece of marketing a la Braveheart)…

6 Comments
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Aug
2007

Aaron

Blogging has led to sme great personal connections for me – people I would not otherwise have met. But yeah, I guess it can all be a bit faux-polite sometimes.

As for the haka, Tana always did it best…

http://somethingrotten.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/nostalgia/

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Aug
2007

Brendan Hodgson

Absolutely agreed on all points, Aaron, with the side benefit also being, in addition to the relationships that have sprung from this, the fact that I’ve learned a lot more than I might have learned otherwise… I guess I just get a tad nostalgic for those simpler, more naive days:-)…

Yeah, Tana makes it personal.

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Aug
2007

Julie R

Brendan, I think PR people in general are "faux polite" all the time.  No one will ever tell you what they really think of a competitor (unless you ask me or David Jones).  Just go to a PR awards show and talk to PR people, it’s nauseating.. everyone is so "busy at work" .. "clients are the best" … everyone loves their job and their boss … it’s not just in social media circles that we all agree with each other, it’s a scrum happy mentality.  I’ve been keepin’ it real for 20 years, I wish more PR people would.  

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Aug
2007

CT Moore

I think that the problem with the love-fest 2.0 is that nothing interesting ever seems to get said. It’s self-destructing the blogsphere.

http://gypsybandito.com/manners-20/

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Nov
2007

Brendan Hodgson

Is it just me, or are public relations practitioners – in particular, the bloggers – an uber-sensitive

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