Go, Network!

For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. – Matthew 25:29

Go%20team%202[1]In my excellent network adventure, I am blessed with outstanding cohorts in our little digital tribe.  They are my network neighbours.  They are my guides.  They are my digital friends!  Between all of us, we have thousands of contacts in different social media platforms.  We share, promote and retweet each other’s posts.  And what are the types of posts we send out? They are: #interesting; #relevant; #intelligent; #funny; and #neverboring!

My cohorts are a very varied bunch of intelligent individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds.  Of course we have all been tasked to write about social networks.  With that assignment in mind, you would think we would come up with dry academic stuff to fulfill a requirement.  However, I was surprised at how creative and interesting everyone’s posts were.  All relating to social networks, their various posts include:

Robert K. Merton (who must have been religious) coined the term the Matthew Effect.  This is the phenomenon (borrowing from the Gospel of Matthew) where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  My cohorts are ‘rich’ in contacts and followers.  Unlike money, I can take advantage of their network without using it up.  At least this is my theory.  I am trying to put my questionable theory into practice by adding links to their posts and hoping some of their followers will link back to follow me, too.  I will surely mention what happens next if I get any modicum of success.  Anything to sound smart!  Of course, you will probably never hear about this topic again if it fails miserably…

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5 thoughts on “Go, Network!

  1. Leo, you’re absolutely right. We are lucky to have landed with a group of interesting, like-minded (but not too like-minded) colleagues! In the immortal words of one Charles Kadushin, “The equilibria operate in a closed system in which those producing the attributions of attractiveness are also those who are on the receiving end of these attributions” (p. 85). In other words, “takes one to know one.” I think that, in my spare time, I’m going to translate all of Kadushin’s work into plain terms like this.

  2. HAHAHA, good one Seanwolfjones. Leo, nice work on the Matthew Effect, I also chose to pick on that one this week. Didn’t really think about how we get ‘richer’ in our online environment the more likes, shares, pokes, etc. people give us. Nice work relating that back to the task at hand. I’m going to go do some retweeting now 🙂

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