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I Am Not a Brand

…I am a Princess.

Seriously, though…author Maureen Johnson has a lovely little manifesto on her blog regarding The Thing that is Social Networking. You should definitely click over and check out the story on how she came to create this manifesto, and the woman who undoubtedly clubs baby seals. I certainly wanted to club her. I’ve been on panels with people like this. So have you. Don’t be this person. And don’t put “Author” in your Facebook name. (Seriously. Cut that crap out.)

I won’t steal her manifesto by copying and pasting it here either — you’ll have to go to her site and see it for yourself. Just know that I agree with 99% of it. The only change I would make is to take out “Post more cat pictures” and insert “Don’t be a jerk.”

As a compromise, I have posted here a cat who is famous for being a jerk. You’re welcome. Y’all have a nice Sunday, now.

3 Responses to “I Am Not a Brand”

  1. Steven Saus Says:

    Could it be that these are merely the bad ones? (There’s a LOT of them, but…)

    Seriously, I lump those people into the folks who think that “networking” is all about what /you/ can do for /them/. They are their brand – and the brand is “being an annoying asshat”.

    I think I feel a blogination coming on… either that or I just want to procrastinate on this report some more. 😉

  2. Princess Alethea Says:

    True…I suppose one could say that my brand WAS “Princess.” (I would neither deny nor argue this.)

    One should always draw the line at being an asshat.

  3. Steven Saus Says:

    ::stamps foot::

    Fairy GodPrincess. Awesome Edition.

    It’s a good link, though. Definitely points out “doing it wrong” – which is so, so much more common than doing it right. And that’s a shame, since it’s so much more fun doing it right…

    Y’know, like you’re doing!

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