Normally, I can’t decide whether Facebook or Twitter is my favorite social network (Sorry, Pinterest.) Today, though, Twitter wins. Here’s why:
— RapReviews (@RapReviews) May 3, 2013
— Nocturnal Ron (@NocturnalRon) May 3, 2013
I don’t know what the rapper John Robinson’s Twitter handle is, but I enjoy the confusion. Gives me a different kind of street cred than I’m used to. Well, honestly, it gives me the only street cred I have.
I am also mistaken on Twitter for John Elder Robison, who is @johnrobison. He’s a respected author and speaker on autism, and, incidentally, has twice the Twitter followers I have. When I say I’m mistaken for him, it means that people follow me when it’s clear from their bios that they mean to follow him. I’ve sent them messages suggesting they may have the wrong John. I heard back from one who said, “That’s OK. I want to follow you, too!” I liked her immediately.
I was early on Twitter so I got my name. ((Except for the most unusual names, it’s too late for that on Twitter. A search of John Robinson on Twitter brings back hundreds of results.) One of the things I suggest to students is that they buy the urls that have their names and lock them down. Owning your name is important in this new age in which everyone is a brand.
Meanwhile, I’m going to be in the studio recording. I’m expanding my brand.