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You probably remember about M. McLuhan’s theories about media, considering what we mostly hold from an exposure to a “message”, through a “media”, is the media itself, more than the message…Strange but finally, and even it’s more complicated than this simple figure, it shows us the increased complexity of our brain. But now and there, this is not the main item I would like to talk about, but transpose the results in the 2.0 era. But not only. I mean, it’s not only in 2.0 features we could find, what I’m gonna explain.

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The rising period where information comes and goes from nowhere, and is spread everywhere by everyone leads to a global cloud of too much information. Different shapes, times and screens, devices, breaks…All around us increases the risk for mistake, misinformation or hoax, disturbing our ability to think about the content and the essence of the message. As we try to navigate into this misfit ocean, we’re usually lazy to get the facts and go to easiness: listen to a famous, well-known star, influencer, relevant speaker and so long. So we get more from “who” than really from “what” or “how”. Here we go, listening a kind of information guru, waiting for holy words, who we don’t remind after. The only thing we can recognize or remember is probably “who” told us, more than the content of the message itself. An incredibly worrying and disappointing fact that means a lot for advertisers. The same effect leading to be aware of “people” like potential medias, the same that creates “value” for people, like medias did before. Why bloggers and influencers are probably difficult to touch/to buy let us more aware of the real contents they deliver: is it because they are famous that contents they provide are interesting or do they really deliver smart contents? Which makes sense?

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I do strongly believe we more and more paying attention to who says, than really in the delivered content…A kind of subtile way to believe in icons, influencers, experts moreover but meaning that we must pay double attention to “noise” or information. Elements are probably guided more by the vehicle than the debate. So, the next time, simply ask yourself “whose benefit it is”, and dig deeply to sort what kind of information do we facing, and in the end, who delivered it…Guess you’ll have surprise how naive we can be, when we’re stunned by a so called “expert” and how much we can easily agree without using our brain. The easiness of flow in twitters, blogs, rss…find us in front of the “crowded mass of information”, and who is better than a well known “people” to secure ourselves? Maybe our last instinct of sanity, trying to keep our mind and critical ability enabled!

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Premium belongs to leaders. Economics rules tell us that when you’re in difficult competition, with markets, products, etc, you need to be an example, create the path, set the pace. You need to set the standards and the best practices. Being a leader is not easy…in the lights, under pressure, driven to success or failure, but always setting the standard. For those who are, have been, or will be, it’s a demanding job !
Remember this basic economic rule : “a corporation that is a leader in its market or product, must show the way and be the reference, label and trace the path”…By achieving these goals, those market leading firms receive favorable publicity, financial success and top of mind position with future consumers, those who already are, or those who will be.

But in the same time, competitors will look to exploit weaknesses, in cutomer service, quality of product, whatever. They will look for chinks in your armor. Something you didn’t foresee. And like horse of Troy, competitor, by creativity, starts to take stocks to leader, and through creativity, will begin to make inroads.

And the margin of leadership begins to decrease (tip : leaders are often handicapped by our huge size, and ability to respond quickly). Suddenly, RIP. Then the effect of “losing the premium fee” starts to show…Because “you lose more than you win”…You lose sales, value, customers…and innovation – things that made you the leader in the first place. And like a fallen movie or music star, sunset is coming…

The same cycle applies to social media leaders.

Some lead the way, some turn around, others play with it, but sometimes it seems more to be a race for information owning and spreading (to nowhere ?) than the result of genuine demand. Who can remain a social media leader without any audience anymore ? Is there any kind of scale in losing audience (ie just like premium fee losing for corps), with a wrong step ? What could drive a leader to such a no way road ?

We all follow some of these social media leaders, and in our most secret thoughts, dream of becoming one don’t we ?

Well, in my opinion, developping a social life is quite easy, when no accident comes. And it must be ; listening and staring, sharing on phase two, then becoming someone that others listen to. We grow step by step, as we attract a greater audience. There’s no particularly reason for why we were led to silence or loneliness, if we didn’t search for…or provided !

I admit that sometimes, even leaders are boring and sometimes too noisy, invading our space. But we have power to stop following them, to break away, and to “opt-out” as well as “opt-in”. That’s the hard reality of social media. And threats exist for social leaders too ; others who come along with more and fast information, more credible, trustable, actual. It’s maybe the “long tail” too we see everywhere about the web democracy ; one says “we can’t be and have been”. I’m afraid this rule applies to social media too, but anyway, there’s no prize, no award to come, just a collaborative people think tank, with “white meanings”…For awesome times, awesome people.

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