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Do your social profiles contain any of these clichés? Part 4: passion & passionate

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Really? Passionate?

In my last three posts, I’ve discussed the overuse of three words and phrases in social media profiles:

1.    remarkable
2.    content, content creation, and content creator
3.    compelling

Today, I’ll be discussing two additional phrases, phrases that include the words “passion” and “passionate.” They are:

1.    passionate about social media
2.    passion for social media

In myriad instances, social citizens too often describe themselves as being either passionate about social media, or as having a passion for social media. Which is true, do you suppose? Doesn’t seem just a bit precious? A bit smarmy?

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How much is too much?

Just look at those numbers!

I mean, when I was younger, I had a passion for playing guitar. I was passionate about Hayley Mills, and later Jodie Foster.

It’s like Gordon Ramsay, who regularly derides his simpering acolytes for their not having a “passion for food.”

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines passion as “intense emotional excitement.” How many of you reading this really have a “passion”for Tweeting? Or for updating your LinkedIn profiles? Or for curating content (There’s another one).

How many of these social citizens will still be blogging daily and Tweeting hourly and reporting their Facebook status by-the-minute five years from now? Or will they, perhaps, have moved on to the next new thing?

Ah . . . if I were a betting man.

How about these, instead?

1.    I really like social media, or
2.    I’m good at social media, and enjoy applying it

Let’s save “passion” and “passionate” for things we’re really passionate about, okay?

Thus endeth the lesson.


⁃    Do your social profiles contain any of these clichés? Part 3:  Compelling
⁃    Do your social profiles contain any of these clichés? Part 2: Content
⁃    Do your social profiles contain any of these clichés? Part 1: Remarkable

Do your social profiles include any of these clichés? Part 2: “Content Creator” “Content Creation”

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Are you content with content?

In my previous post, I discussed the use (including overuse and misuse) of the word remarkable in social media profiles, and mentioned that I would get to its favorite sibling, content, in a subsequent post. Well, here it is, beginning with a question:

When did a story or a work of art or a musical composition or a photograph suddenly become content? It wasn’t me, that I can tell you.  I would have stuck with a story or a work of art or a musical composition or a photograph. And, because so many people in social media use that term in their various profiles, it’s become a social media profile cliché.

The word content has also usurped several perfectly serviceable names for the makers, themselves:

  • writers
  • artists
  • musicians
  • photographers

These craftspeople have been transformed, in the language of social media, into: content creators.

I’ve encountered content and content creator in so many LinkedIn, Twitter, blog “About Me” pages, and résumés, that I herewith dub it—as well as its various iterations—an official social media profile cliché.

Here are some more statistics from another of my dubious, methodologically-challenged surveys (The columns represent Google | LinkedIn | Twitter SERPs):

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too much content with too little

With all this content being created, I wonder if anybody has time to write a story, draw or paint a picture, sing or play a song, or take a picture?

I’ll say the same thing I said in my previous post on this subject: It is unlikely that any potential employer will search for the keyword content or the phrase content creator or creation when seeking to hire an artist, musician, photographer, etc.

A caveat, however: Unlike the previous post’s example, of a social media aware employer’s unlikely search for remarkable, it’s entirely possible that he or she might actually search a variation of content.

So, here’s my suggestion. If you feel you must, try something along the lines of:

  • online or offline content creator [then] expert in music, photography, art, etc.

Or, whatever else floats your boat.

Thus endeth the lesson.

In Part 3 of this series, I’ll deal with compelling, and why it’s not.

Are there any social media conventions or clichés that bother you? Please share your inner-peeves in the comments section, below: