“Who Are Those Guys? …”


“They’re beginning to get on my nerves. Who are those guys?”

“I couldn’t do that. Could you do that? Why can they do it? Who are those guys?” 

“Who are those guys?”

Repeated line in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”  ~ All quotes from International Movie Data Base (IMDB), best website in Universe
 

I hate having followers …

My wife looks at me with That Look when I mention that a “friend” said or did something noteworthy.   She asks where I know my “friend” from and, upon hearing some version of “We’re connected online”,  dismisses my use of the term “friend” or “connection”.  She gets downright snippy when I say “X follows me” or that I follow X.

Those of us who spend a large amount of time using social media develop lists of others with whom we are connected.   The most common term I see for this is “followers”.  For some reason, this dissatisfies me.

What does this term “Followers” mean anyway?

In the context of leadership development, followers are one-third of a triangular symbol, the other two being the leader and the environment. 

In popular culture, you might be talking about a group of brain-deadened and compliant toadies who act under the spell of a charismatic leader.  

You also have the idea of followers as stalkers or zombie hordes.  Unnaturally interested in your every move, your every word, always there, with no clear independent life of their own.

Well, none of these perspectives fit.   When I consider those who take the time to read my thoughts each day, I do not think in any of these terms … maybe I need a new term to describe those with whom I connect online.

I am talking about people who …

Are interested in what I have to say …

Have something of their own to say …

I would probably like in person …

Tend to agree with my worldview …

Appreciate or at least tolerate my sense of humor …

Are generally positive and optimistic …

Appear willing to share with others …

Gee, you sound pretty nice.   Maybe I should just call you Friend.

Now, those of you who do not believe that one can engage in a valid or valuable online relationship, bring it on.  

If you think that face-to-face connections are the only ones which really matter, tell me why.  If you think that I’m all wet, pour more water on me.   

Do your worst … after all, we are among friends:)

Wondering why I did not think of this before in the Heartland ….

John

 

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