In 2012 the year of “open & supportive” @chrisbrogan & others go “closed & controlling” #ors
Posted on May 21, 2012 by @mqtodd
In 2012 the year of “open & supportive” @chrisbrogan & others go for “closed & controlling” #ors
Chris Brogan and I go back a few years. Or at least we have an unrequited relationship as I have never had contact or response from him. That is perfectly fine as he has masses of people coming at him and even I do not go close responding to everything from my humble “following”. We are both “random” in that respect.
His was the first marketing blog I subscribed to around 4 years ago and I quickly followed him when I joinedsoon after. I have always had great respect for his willingness to share all his knowledge and thoghts and his consoistely valuable presence.
In July last year Chris changed his Facebook photo to “I have moved to G+”. Not completely unusual but definetely raised many eyebrows. Then he unfollowed me and most of the rest of his myriad offollowers.I suddenly felt a lot less connected to Chris. The cjnce of online engagement with him seemed much reduced. For thos struggling to achieve the balance of 1850/2000 folowers it was another hurdle to overcome.
Now today he has closed his Linked In account. Many people had connected with him and even given recommendations. Reason given by Chris….”Why? Because it hasn’t done much for me for business”. Plus a technical related complaint that he says was not answered.
Linked In and Facebook are fairly important places to be moving away from and Chris is placing a lot of faith and emphasis on Google+. I will be interested in what he things of Microsoft’s new so.cl which is very like Google+ at first glance.
Any regular reader of this blog will know that this is the opposite of what I advocate and what has been successful for me. This is the year where the connecting of connectors has peaked and I had regarded Chris as a hub around which a massive amount of connection took place.
Chris has expoused his reasons for shutting hiself off to a select few but I hope he takes a few minutes to watch what Thomas Power has to say here.
In addition to being random (which is essential for survival from information sickness and I believe that Chris Brogan embraces) Thomas explains why open and supportive are also beneficial approaches.
These are fascinating times with sharing and connecting increasing at light speed.
I really hope that Chris and his disciples of a more selective phiolosophy will join in the discussion. I have zero criticism of what Chris and others like him have done. We are all entitled to network as we please, we all have different entrepeneurial styles.
What I am interested in is why and what will work best for you.