I have been on Twitter for a number of years now. I must say that I have run across some extraordinary and good people. At the same time any burgeoning medium has a showcase showdown of sideshow attractions. That’s not to say that there are not lessons to be learned from them.
From my experience these types of individuals seem to be packaged into three categories; the messengers of God, the positive motivators, and the masters of marketing principles.
When someone says, “The Lord told me to tell you…” more often than not the next thing to come out of their mouth is grade-A, prime cut, top of the line compost. Twitter world seems inundated with self-appointed ministers of God’s word who feel compunction to tell me that the Lord has a message for me. I find it fascinating that God, who created everything that ever was, is, and will be, needs to use one of these pasty faced wannabe disciples to relay a message to me. I’m sure the Good Lord relies on the more direct approach. I mean, I’m already on Twitter, why not just tweet me?
Some of the most cliché ridden tweets are from the positive motivator types. They often quote everyone from Aristotle to Lucille Ball. Their overall message is that life is what you make it, I got it. Even on a cloudy day the sun is shining somewhere. (Yes, out in space all the time.) Warms the cockles of your heart doesn’t it? These people would make the world a better place by simply shutting up. My day would be just fine without an endless diatribe of meaningless positive poppycock. Besides that I like being crabby, why don’t these people just leave me alone?
Let’s suppose you walked onto a car lot and a salesman approached you. Instead of trying to sell you a car he offered to bring you into the “car group” and said, “I can help you have a career selling these cars. I will give you all the tools you need to get started. All you need is the motivation. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to sell these cars! They practically sell themselves!” Now, wouldn’t you find that a bit peculiar? Got news for you, when it is more profitable for a salesperson to sell you on selling the product than it is for the salesperson to sell the product itself, it’s junk. That’s my dynamic marketing guru tidbit for the day.
The lessons we learn from tweets such as these is to be saved, to be happy, and to build a better mouse trap so that the world will beat a path to our door. I just hope they don’t ring the doorbell which drives me nuts too. Please just DM me, thanks.