Scott Blatchley of the blog, Toothbone, challenged his readers to add to his list of eleven "social media animals." From his blog:
"The idea is to get people using the animal descriptions to reflect their current moods/purposes or demonstrate their personality – for example sblatchley(bee). How ubiquitous can we make this if we all use our networks?"
Here are a few of my favorites from the list:
- Owls – good sources for advice and wisdom.
- Parrots – only pass on links or repeat what others say.
- Meercats – self-appointed police, they report abuse & online dangers.
- Puppy Dogs – desperate for any kind of friends or online connections.
- Otters – Swims in conversation. Jumps ashore. Observes. Jumps in again for more (the runner-up answer in the competition).
- Hummingbirds – known for their quiet energy – natural pollinators, vibrant and resourceful whilst spending adequate time at each flower they visit.
- Sloths – hangs around, watching and eats leaves. They move slowly.
- Fleas – professional networkers looking for business people to bleed.
- Kitty cats – social network on their terms, watch and playfully engage, then go back to sleep again. Occasionally engage in fights.
Take a look at the full list here. What type of social media animal would you say you are now? What type were you 3 months ago, 6 months ago? And what do you aspire to be? Currently, I am probably an Otter. I aspire to be a Hummingbird.
On a related note, our CEO, Chris Mercer recently authored a LinkedIn primer. In it, uses the animal metaphor as well to describe different types of LinkedIn users. The primer is free. You can download it here and please tell me what you think.