It may be hard for some to believe, but I am a seriously introverted individual. And I've been one as far back as I can remember. Which is why I often ask myself what would I be doing professionally if this stuff hadn't come along. Maybe still coding, or....gulp, some form of accounting... cue the Whodini's Haunted House of Rock music on that one.
But the power of social networking and media allows guys like me to share my thoughts and experiences in such a way that I'd never be able to do any other way. But sometimes the introvert in me says "shut up - you're talking too much about yourself", and "who cares what you think". Well, because I grew up watching Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, there are a few adjectives I had to omit from my introverted quotes.
Anyway I was in one of those really introverted moods yesterday, probably because I've been doing a lot of speaking lately. And while every group I've been fortunate enough to speak to has been great, I knew an introtack (introvert attack) was coming on. So I decided to pull a Larry Hagman, kind of...
For those too young to remember, Larry Hagman was J.R. Ewing on the 70s/80s night time soap Dallas. Yeah I know he was also Major Tony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, but that was a little before my time, although I did love the re-runs...mostly for Barabara Eden though. One thing I read about Hagman was that he refuses to speak one day a week, to test his self-discipline. Well I really can't go to those lengths, but I thought I'd do something a little like that with Twitter. I decided instead of using Twitter the way I normally do, I decided to just do nothing but RT (retweet) what others were tweeting about all yesterday. I didn't offer any of my own thoughts or opinions, just RT the good stuff I saw others putting out there.
I used the #rttuesday tag for all of my public tweets yesterday. You can check out the stuff I RT'd by clicking here. Here are a few things I learned yesterday while doing the The Big RT:
- I learned that there was something called The Big RT by @sbosm (Smart Brief on Social Media). And that I was yesterday's Big RT for retweeting FranchiseKing Joel Libava's great post on how the Business.gov site is a must-use resource for small biz types. The best part of it for me is reading Joel's take on Business.gov and exploring it for myself. But I also am glad to learn about SBoSM and their efforts to share great information - one Big RT at a time.
- I learned that the quality of conversation going on with the #scrm (Social CRM) tag is awesome. I figured it was, but there's no doubt for me now. I created the tag a while back, but it's gone WAY beyond my expectations for it. In fact I really didn't have any expectations, I just wanted to make it easier to keep track of social crm conversations on Twitter. It was easy to do back then, because there weren't many conversations to track. But thanks to the likes of @prem_k (orignally known as @scorpfromhell), @mjayliebs, @ekolsky, @JohnFMoore @CRMStrategies and hundreds of others, this has got to be the best realtime source of social crm content and conversations out there - exclamation point! Many of the best RT's from yesterday came from this group.
- I learned that I know a lot of smart people who appreciate good information, wherever it comes from. Many of my RTs were RT'd themselves, which shows people are generous with information they respect and find interesting.
I think the most important thing I learned is that it's very important to take time to REALLY listen to what's going on out there - Social CRM lesson #1! I do a good bit of RTing in general, but yesterday I really paid attention to the RTs, which allowed me to learn some great stuff from great folks - learning more about folks I already knew (like John Lawson aka @Colderice) and some I didn't really know(like Michael Winn, aka @Tally Digital Biz). Yeah I could have auto-RT'd, but I wanted to really take in the info, and it was time well spent. And I can definitely see doing #RTTuesday again. It just goes to show you good things come to those who shut up and listen. But let me end with, what else, an RT from Dori DeCarlo, aka Dori_S1_Bags: