Warning: Bold statements ahead…
It seems, and I’m basing this off literally no factual information, that people who participate on the internet are entirely driven by fame.
Everyone looks up to our great leaders, hollywood actors and rock stars. They dream about what it would be like to live in their shoes. Now, with the social web and everyone building their own audiences, fame has become attainable by all, and therefore an even stronger force.
Feel free to comment if you’ve seen this in other spaces. In the social media space it’s pretty evident…
Check all that apply:
- You spend a lot of time and effort on getting the people who are considered to be “famous” to recognize to you.
- You tie your level of success directly to the level of recognition for your brand.
- If you can get someone of considerable web fame to respond to you regularly, you in turn become more famous.
- More fame brings you more confidence.
- You believe “internet fame” and “authority” are synonymous.
- The more famous you get, the more opportunities come your way.
- Sometimes, you feel like you’re not good enough to talk to someone who is more famous than you are.
- Sometimes, there are actually pricks who think they’re too good to talk to you because you’re not famous enough.
- If no one responds to you, you get a little depressed.
- If everyone responds to you, you feel like a king.
All of these may not apply to you, but I bet at least a couple do…
Fame is why badge systems are becoming so popular on websites. It’s why forums give participants different ranks. It’s why “power users” exist. Anything that allows users to gain some level of notoriety, even in niche communities, will grow because the social web is driven by fame.
How much are you focusing on fame?