How do I know so much about social networking? Simple, I learned from Peter, Stewie, Brian, Chris, Meg, and Lois on Family Guy(And the rest in Kindergarten). As Peter Griffin stated, “I’ve got an idea – an idea so smart that my head would explode if I even began to know what I’m talking about.” The brilliance of the show is a lesson on how to, and of course how not to do social networking. With this in mind, here are some of the other gems of wisdom from Family Guy’s teachings on Social Networking.
Twitter has 140 characters filled with 26 letters. Now the big question is what would Peter do with Twitter. Peter: “Oh my god, Brian, there’s a message in my Alphabits. It says, ‘Oooooo.” Brian: “Peter, those are Cheerios.”
Deep man! Imagine if Peter could spell Oooo with cheerios then we can form complete sentences with our mind, unless of course it explodes.
Even more important is who to ignore and who to connect with you on Twitter, because you want to connect with those who will work with you, instead of against you. Brian: “Gosh, I’d like to help you, Peter, but I’ve got to go out in the hall and chew on the back of my ass for about five minutes.” I think I have that person on Twitter many times.
Also, Twitter is like kindergarten, because are there as so many great people to meet, and we have to learn a whole new set of rules for how we communicate.
On to the next social networking site. When we sometimes get distracted by Facebook with the applications, pictures, friends, etc on this wonderful tool it is time to take a step back and call out Facebook for who they truly are, “Damn you, vile woman! You’ve impeded my work since the day I escaped from your wretched womb.”(Stewie)
Facebook is also a place where you can build closer relationships with other professionals. In Kindergarten we were told to be nice to everyone. Do the same here.
Forward, and onward to LinkedIn. I always that LinkedIn has such a wide array of professional connections that you have to know how to professionally work with, just as Lois would do.
Peter: Lois, this is my new friend Max Weinstein. He’s Jewish
Lois : Oooooooooh, how exotic!
Social Networking at it’s best!
Further, we get wise words of advice for why we should use Google versus the newspaper from Peter. “A guy at work bought a car out of the paper. Ten years later, Bam! Herpes.” Scary stuff those papers, stick with Google!
Finally, we learn how to keep your branding consistent online, just like Stewie instructed, “I was under the impression the name of the show was “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” not “Old Black Comedians Never Shut the Hell Up.” You tell them Stewie! Explain how people must be consistent with their message!
And when we put all of these aspects of Family Guy and Kindergarten together in social networking we find new clients and state, “Victory is mine!”