They say never meet your heroes. Apparently, you should never tweet them either. Today @cspenn (Christopher S Penn) started following my Twitter account (@Pose83). Christopher Penn is one of the guys that makes the Marketing Over Coffee podcast. This is the podcast I’ve listened to most consistently over the last 3 years. It about Marketing, largely Digital Marketing and I crib elements of it frequently to use at work.
Last week @ChrisBrogan had tweeted me a response after I’d tweeted about him at the Social Media World Forum (SMWF). Chris is an author in Digital Marketing, specifically Social Media. I haven’t read much of his work, but I know how influential he is in his field.
Brogan was a definite ‘get’ for the SMWF and a lot of people showed up to hear him talk. I liked him, he was personable, but for someone who’d just written a book on Google Plus, he pretty much ignored that channel and told amusing little anedotes instead. He made a few points, not all of which I’d agreed with, but that’s OK. I hoped Chris was the kind of Marketer that wouldn’t be offended by people challenging his ideas.
So today I tweeted this:
To which I got this response from Chris Brogan
I didn’t expect a response from him. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be a sarcastic joke, a jibe at Christopher Penn, who he may be friends with or if he was just being rude. You would hope, as a supposed Social Media guru, he would have been aware how words can become misinterpreted and have been a little clearer in making himself understood.
@Glendawh appears to be a woman who is working to improve online accessibility. That’s fine and dandy, but I don’t know who she is. Just because you’re Chris Brogan, don’t tell me who I should be impressed by, who I should follow or who I should care about! I’m a loyal listener of Marketing Over Coffee because I like what they do, week in, week out. I find it valuable.
Naturally I had to respond. No longer was I in awe of Chris Brogan (as I had been last week; you’ll have to wait for my SMWF post to find out about that), I wanted to construct a slightly miffed response.
Thought I’d better chuck that bit in about Glenda though she’s pretty irrelevant to the work I do.
Christopher Penn threw in his 2 cents aswell:
This kind of bugs me too. Is this a dig? I’m hoping not. I really do like Mr Penn, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here.
I’m still pretty riled by Chris Brogan because he seems to have misunderstood some Social Media fundamentals.
- Communicate in a manner to avoid misinterpretation
- Social Media allows everyone to broadcast a message and therefore people can rise to popularity within certain niches (as an aside, it drives me nuts how they pronounce ‘niche’ on MOC) – i.e. I get that not everyone cares if CSPenn is following them or not, but I do.
- Know your audience – honestly and with no offense intended, I couldn’t care less who Glenda is. If she was important and influential regarding things I’m interested in, I’d have already had her on my radar.
My tweet was not intended to brag or annoy anyone. It just made me a little excited to discover who my new follower was. I ended up feeling frustrated and patronised.
I’ve never quite gotten round to buying a Chris Brogan book. I think I may always find something more useful to spend my money on now.
Furthermore, I’m not sure if he’s such a Social Media expert as a Social Media addict. I’m sure I’d have a whole lot more followers if I’d tweeted almost 100k times!
I’m not looking for a response from anyone mentioned in this post and I’m pretty sure it’s inconsequential to these people what I think, I just needed to have a little rant.