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Social Media Noobs, Gurus, and Hard Boiled Egg Recipes

Some social media experts and veterans look down on social media noobs, aka newbies, or newcomers. (The word noob comes from l33tspeak, an early hacker language now popular among some social networkers.)

This behavior can manifest itself in several ways, such as the snub at someone who dares to say something as -ve as Wow, have you tried Friendfeed? It’s pretty cool! The social media putdown artist can respond, Come on, everyone knows about Friendfeed.

I’m sure this phenomenon exists in other fields, but it’s very common in social media. I think there are several reasons for this. Social media is only starting to be taught in universities, and recognized as a profession, so expert credentials are hard to define and are often something one awards to one’s self…

Check out my latest column on Talent Zoo: Social Media Noobs and Gurus to read the rest.

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