I’m Not a (Social Media) Expert
Let me first start by saying: I am not a social media expert. I have never claimed to be a social media.
I’ve been called many things in my 32 short years of life (judging by my physique, being late for a meal isn’t one of them). I’ve shed many labels from nerd, to fat, to shy, to egotistical (still trying to figure that one out) to arrogant, to sweet, to mean…Yada, yada, yada.
I am flattered when people introduce me as “an expert” in my field. I appreciate the compliment. Maybe I am. I don’t view myself as that. If you call yourself an expert, then you’re not an expert. Your crowd/audience determines who is and who isn’t an expert.
Personally, I am not a social media expert…nor (in my mind) is anyone - or mostly anyone - else. Out of the millions and millions of people I’ve seen online, I’ve only been able to identify one as “an expert” in my mind and that’s Gary Vaynerchuck. That dude is smart.
99.5 percent of the people that walk around and say they are a social media expert are clowns.” - Gary Vaynerchuck
So, where am I going with this?
Since I’ve joined Twitter in 2009, I’ve learned at least one new thing every day. For a relatively infant technology, social media is still growing…and we’re still learning.
I’m still learning. I want to get better every day and there is no better way to do that than by learning in the greatest classroom at our fingertips - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn… (For those that know me, I refuse to use SnapChat, so clearly I can’t be called an ‘expert’.)
Every day, I see great examples of new useful applications of social media and how to apply them to sports. Tomorrow, there will be more. Next week, we can take bits and pieces from one another and create an even greater application.
I want to help others and better myself through my experiences on what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, and what has flat out failed miserably.
You can call me whatever you’d like. I’ve pretty much been called every name in the book, but don’t call me a social media expert. I’m just a student learning in the greatest classroom available.