This blog is about the very broad subject of communications and almost anything connected to it.
So, when I came up with the idea for this post I tried to justify it because the link seemed a bit tenuous, but then it hit me…like a punch (or kick, or elbow) to the face (just as many of these guys have delivered over the years).
We can learn just as much from the traits of ‘communicators’ (fictional or not) as much as the platforms and methods used…albeit in a tongue-in-cheek way.
10 Movie / TV characters who’d struggle to ‘grasp’ social media
The criteria adopted for this was pretty simple: if social media is all about engagement, conversations and making connections then I think the attributes of the following characters may prove to be a bit of a stumbling block…
1. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins, Hanibal Lecter Series) – Despite being a brilliant psychologist (which tends to help in understanding your audience), he’d probably kill you before you got a chance to ‘digest’ (sorry!) any communication he has with you.
What a tweet from Hannibal might (or might not) look like: “Here’s a twitpic of what I ate earlier…”
2. Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland, 24) – On one hand, given the time constraints, limiting communications to 140 characters via a medium like Twitter sounds perfect, however, Jack’s idea about making a ‘connection’ might be a little, erm, direct.
What a tweet from Jack might (or might not) look like: “If you don’t re-tweet my tweet right now I promise I’m going to make this very unpleasant.”
3. Tony Montana (Al Pacino, Scarface) – Again, not someone who personifies ‘sociability’, Tony’s tendency to have thing his way would present certain challenges. Paranoia probably isn’t that well suited to such a public medium either.
What a tweet from Tony might (or might not) look like: “@FrankTheBoss I got the stuff, want me to bring it over, send you a bit.ly link with the GPS coordinates, or blow your f***ing head off?”
4. Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands) – Apart from the physical challenges he’d have faced bashing out a blog, posting images or sharing a video (compared with his ability to cut and shape physical things), he wasn’t exactly chatty…nor was he immediately easy to warm to…shame really.
What a tweet from Edward might (or might not) look like: “Anyone fancy a virtual game of rock, paper, scissors? #bored”
5. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini, The Sopranos) – Although you’d think working in the ‘waste management business’ might call for some light interaction during the day, Tony just never seemed like the sharing type. I also imagine the FBI would lose three quarters of its workforce if Tony and his crew made themselves that easy to ‘follow.’
What a tweet from Tony might (or might not) look like: “@ChristopherMoltisanti That little pr*ck who runs cursebird is dead.”
6. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon, The Bourne Triology) – Jason is a bit Jack Bauer-esque in his black and white approach to life, and definitely more prone to action than words. And also possibly a little too intimidating and clever. Not to mention the fact that he probably knows what you are doing / thinking anyway.
What a tweet from Jason Bourne might (or might not) look like: “Get off Twitter @PamelaLandy, you look tired.”
7. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan, I’m Alan Partridge) – Ahhh, granted he’d be funny (in that laugh at him way), but imagine how inane his topics of conversation would be. And for someone who is supposed to engage with an audience via his radio show, he’s not exactly the easiest person to warm to. In fact, Alan might be the antithesis of what a sound social media communicator should look like.
What a tweet from Alan might (or might not) look like: “Oh @Lynn, be a dear and get the wi-fi sorted out in my room, I have a million messages to respond to. God I’m popular.”
8. Rocky Balboa (Slyvester Stallone, The Rocky Series of films) – Not particularly articulate (although succinct), not particularly friendly (although loyal), and not particularly giving (well, not in a sharing of information type way) Rocky is another character that was perhaps lucky to have been conceived pre-social media. Some may argue however that it may have helped his career / connection with his fans (just a reminder this is fictional, there’s no way the real Sly Stallone could improve his standing with me no matter how great his social media skills were).
What a tweet from Rocky might (or might not) look like: “Man, it’s cold. Real cold. Yeah, cold.”
9. David Brent (Ricky Gervais, The Office – UK) – I think this one kind of writes itself, but in case you need reminding, David Brent probably lacked social skills more than any other TV character of our generation…can you imagine how that’d translate in the online world?!?
What a tweet from David might (or might not) look like: “Did I mention I have 37 followers? Yep, 37. All real people. Yep. Not a single one called Britney Vids. All real. All.”
10. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory) – Willy, although finally revealed at the end of the film as having a heart of gold, was a pretty private person and ‘inclusion’ wasn’t his strongpoint. I just can’t see him being ‘part of the conversation’ – can you?
What a tweet from Willy might (or might not) look like: “No my dear, I’m not on Facebook, what a silly question.”
If its possible to take anything meaningful from this post, it is simply this: while you should be ‘you’ in how you conduct yourself on social media platforms, just possibly avoid being ‘them.’
Anyone you would have included on the list? Tap in your suggestions in the comments section below.
NOTE: No females made my list – either a coincidence, or one gender is better suited to ‘engaging’ communication than the other. Sorry gents :/