I´m going to come clean on this one: I´m not the best at joining social media. Definitely no early adopter, that is. This being said, you are warned that what I´m about to say is probably no big news for the super involved type of person.
So, after deciding to go public, start a blog and start really using twitter, I´ve become aware of the effect of transparency and how it is great incentive to create value. If you share the list of people and institutions that you follow, it is “crazy easy” to figure out if the things you say are mere repetition or the creation of your own synthesis.
I´m using the twitter/blog/internet at large example, but I feel this can be expanded to pretty much everything. When people can see the references you consult, it is possible to gauge your contribution. Academic research projects are very much like this, for example.
One of the main advantages of the current time is the easy access to information. One of the main disadvantages of the current time also happens to be the easy access to information.
I´ve seen plenty of me-too content (hell, it is quite possible you see this post as such) and it is a pity. It strikes me a missed opportunity and the equivalent of pretending to be something you are not. We all have unique points of view on a few things, especially when we free ourselves from following the bandwagon.
It is our unique combination of experiences, skills and interests that makes us interesting.
Copying the gurus cannot lead to anything novel.
So, it might be better to start aggregating all those streams you follow into your unique story. This is advice I´ll be trying to follow to the best of my ability.
And by the way, am I being captain obvious? Sometimes one thinks of things that are later dismissed due to “being damn evident” and later when someone else gets accolades for similar thoughts, we get royally pissed off.