Social Proof, Shameless Self-Promotion, and Gratitude

top 10 social media blogs the 2012 winners This week started on a high note. The results for the Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2012 from Social Media Examiner arrived on my iPhone while I was getting my first coffee on Monday. SocialMouths was named #1.

The afternoon wasn’t that fun when my server crashed welcoming all the traffic from the post, even though SocialMouths does not live in a shared $5 server at GoDaddy… still crashed. But that’s a whole different story.

Then today my friend Jessica Northey pointed out that I was also included in the Top 100 Influencers in Social Media from Social Technology Review with a list of people I admire and lots of friends.

So I’d say it’s been a pretty good week.

Shameless Self-Promotion

Sorry for the totally intended and shameless bragging here.

Seriously, I have always said here on the blog and to my clients that you should not feel bad about promoting yourself, as long as that’s not all you do online. Believe me, I know some people that take self-promotion to a new level.

Besides the self-promotion, I really wanted to share that one with you guys.

Social Proof

I have a few issues with social proof online, how we present it and how people are starting to percibe it. Social Proof is social, it’s how we are recognized for the work we do by others, not by algorithms.

I recently removed my Adage badge and a couple of others I had on the blog’s sidebar for that reason and because I never had any of my clients say that they hired me because I’m on the Adage list.

I see this different, the Top 10 list has been put together by people, by the audience through their nominations and by the people at SME. That’s why I’m seeing this as social proof but more importantly, I’m taking it as validation of my work. So I’m telling you right now that I will be rocking the shiny badge for a bit.

Top 10 Social Media Blogs - SocialMouths

And Gratitute

Thank you Mike Stelzner, Cindy King and the rest of the team over at Social Media Examiner (and thanks for crashing my fancy server) as well as Bonnie Boglioli-Randall and the team from Social Technology Review.

And thank you guys that come here every week to read the blog, share the love through a like or a tweet or we have conversations around the interwebs. You guys rock, seriously!

  • congratulations, Francisco. It couldnt have happened to a more deserving guy.

  • Congrats, Francisco! The list is how I found you. Good luck retaining that spot for 2012!

  • Huge congrats, Francisco! I’ve watched you crank unique, quality content for close to two years now and the success is well deserved. 

    Kev

  • Congrats bro.. You definitely deserve it.

  • Ssterner

    Can you say shameless bloviating on steroids. The whole “badges” thing is a bit over the top 
    aka  Muammar Gaddafi. The thing looks very Joe Friday.. Dragnet vintage..esk no?

    Ok just kidding. I to agree you are worthy. Just wanted to get in a little taunting among the accolades here.

  • Congratulations Francisco — it’s a well-deserved honor!

  • Congrats Fransisco!

  • Francisco, congratulations on taking the top spot. Great point on social proof, social scores are removing the human element, and for those that focus on them, even discourage social behavior.

  • I’m so proud of you. So well deserved!!! Congrats friend.

  • Congratulations
    Francisco,

    I have to
    agree that social proof is a strange concept online. To me social proof is not
    the ability to be found online it is the privilege of being talked about by
    other people, content being shared high and wide and being shown recognition by
    experts in your field. That for me is social proof!

    Well Done!

  • Hi Francisco,
    I am one of those peeps who helped to crash your server!  Congrats on a fantastic week.  You provide amazing value here and it is no wonder that the Social Media Examiner readership voted you number 1!  Keep up the great work, I am excited about learning much from you.

    Clare

  • Congratulations mate! you deserve it!!!! 

    Glad to be part of your journey 😀 

  • Hey Franciso, congrats man! Great work and well deserved!!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats!

  • Seriously, I have always said here on the blog and to my clients that
    you should not feel bad about promoting yourself, as long as that’s not
    all you do online. Believe me, I know some people that take
    self-promotion to a new level.

  • I admire and lots of friends.

  • Social Media Examiner arrived on my iPhone while I was getting my first coffee on Monday. SocialMouths was named #1.

  • I know some people that take
    self-promotion to a new level.

  • The afternoon wasn’t that fun when my server crashed welcoming all
    the traffic from the post, even though SocialMouths does not live in a
    shared $5 server at GoDaddy… still crashed. But that’s a whole different
    story.

  • Its my great pleasure to visit your blog and to enjoy your great posts here. I like it a lot. 

  • Social Proof is social, it’s how we are recognized for the work we do by others, not by algorithms.

  • The afternoon wasn’t that fun when my server crashed welcoming all
    the traffic from the post, even though SocialMouths does not live in a
    shared $5 server at GoDaddy… still crashed. But that’s a whole different
    story.
     

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    The afternoon wasn’t that fun when my server crashed welcoming all
    the traffic from the post, even though SocialMouths does not live in a
    shared $5 server at GoDaddy… still crashed. But that’s a whole different
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