So... recently I have been spending time in the world of forums (Judo forums) and have managed to engage in a couple of flamewars. :-(
There is a thread in one forum about respecting Judo "high grades" on the forum (or the lack of respect given to them on the forum). The other one I have in mind is one I was/am engaged in where someone else mentioned my insane amount of Judo websites as a reason to give more weight to what I post.
It has had me considering how reputation works in this networked society we live in and within smaller niche communities.
Here's the thing, I respect some people based purely on the content they make available online. For example Cory Doctorow
, Bruce Schneier
in the geek world. In Judo world Mike Darter
, AnnMaria De Mars
have the same sort of status for me.
None of these people I have met in person, yet I hold them in a higher regard than many people I do know personally. Why? Because these poeple share a large amount on a regular basis online. They share in terms of Quantity, Quality and Openess.
You have probably guessed by now, but I try to live in a similar fashion. I try to be open and share regularly via my blogs and my podcast. At present I aim to post something online 6 days a week. I try to share in an open way, I use my real name and try and share openly and honestly.
This is not all entirely philanthropic, I've watched "My name is Earl
", I am hoping that this is a Karma thing and that if I give away as much as I can, good things will happen.
In the age we live in, and my children will grow up in, I think our position in the world will be more and more driven by our online reputation. Wuffie
may be something beyond my generation, but from now on you had better believe that your blog and other online content is how you'll land the next job in your career, James Urquhart
is perhaps the example I would cite. I met him several years ago in Minneapolis when he worked for Cassatt, whilst there he started blogging
and that lead to him, I think, ending up where he is as market manager for the Data Center 3.0 strategy at Cisco Systems and blogger on CNet.
So... as we go forward, we need to look at creating our online reputation, we should be open online, be honest and transparent. Produce lots of "content" and keep the quality up of course.
This goes for individuals of course, but even more so for organisations. Which brings me back to the flamewars. Most of the criticism I give is aimed at the BJA (British Judo Association)
, who IMHO fail to produce much in the way of content, they produce very little and not very often and they are far from open and transparent.
They will change eventually, it will hopefully be sooner rather than later; for their sake. Corporations and charities are starting to get a clue, especially in the USA. We see more company blogs, we see companies on Twitter. They are getting the idea, that they need to be open and share content.
For me, I see it now and try to push the vision to people and also organisations I am trying to help, including the BJA.
I am fine, but trying to bring others along for the ride is harder than I expected.
Ahh well... I feel better for sharing anyway. :-)