Over the last few weeks here at Summit Diary, we have covered Bizarro Social Networking tips designed to run off your friends and ruin your business! For those of you just joining us, here’s a list of earlier posts:
Bizarro Social Networking
(a.k.a. Me am a Smart Networker!)
So – where to from here?
How can we stop the bizarros from spreading? First a quick recap of the Bizarro Social Networking Rules:
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #1: Always talk about yourself!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #2: Insult other people, their companies, their products and their services!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #3: Always be sharing (nothing is off limits)!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #4: Grrrr! Promote aggressively!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #5: Like your own posts!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #6: Friend everyone!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #7: The internet is not real!
Bizarro Social Networking Rule #8: People love angry jerks!
And, just in case I was too subtle in my attempt to be humorous, the three priciniples underlying all Bizarro Social Networking rules are: People love me! People are dumb! Anything goes on the Internet!
It’s good to realize that, at times, we are all guilty of some bizarro behavior in real life and in the virtual world. And we have to recognize and respect that our friends and strangers can be guilty of it as well.
You know what? It’s perfectly ok for an occasional lapse. Everyone has an off day now and then or makes an ill-advised comment. Take a look at the track record before calling out bizarro behavior. If it’s a one-off, laugh it off and move on.
If it’s a pattern, beware!
If you see a pattern forming, you can choose to either confront the bizarro or run for your life. Speaking from experience: confronting bizarros rarely works. Bizarros dont know they are bizarros and won’t accept any other way of acting.
And bizarros will defend their behavior and think you are an idiot. (Remember this if someone calls you out for bizarro behavior…)
Also be aware that some bizarros adhere to all the rules and some follow only one or two of the rules. Some of my best friends are perfectly normal human beings but insist on posting pictures of everything in their life – meals, front yards, cars, vacations – or commit other bizarro behaviors on a regular basis. Personally, I love the use of a good exclamation mark!
Don’t be quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Now it’s up to you!
I’m asking for your help to stop the spread of bizarro behavior. Left to their own devices, bizarros *will* multiply!
I’m turning the microphone over to you and asking that you email me any and all bizarro behavior that you see out there on the great, sprawling morass that we call the Internet. I will collect and publish them as they come in and attribute you (or you can choose to stay anonymous).
Please send an email with subject line “Bizarro Social Networking” to email@example.com and detail your pet peeve and how you feel non-bizarro’s behave. Also let me know if you want to stay anonymous otherwise I will assume it’s ok to attribute the tip to you.
Thanks for reading!