Pioneers in the blogging space encouraged everyone to blog. They encouraged everyone to build their brand and get their message out. Then, everyone blogged and bloggers complained that there were too many bloggers.
Those who were the first to use Facebook bugged all their friends to join. Now, they are outraged at all those using it, how people are over sharing and “misusing” it and are threatening to close their accounts.
Early adopters of Twitter loved the platform as they were able to share their content, until everyone started to share their content. Then, Twitter wasn’t cool and everyone abused it.
A few thousand influencers were given first access to the LinkedIn publisher and raved about how great it was, how happy they were to be a part of that elite group and shared to the world how great it was. Tweets of the email invitations were everywhere. Then, everyone got access. Now, this outlet is overloaded with junk and LinkedIn has been diluted with non-experts who just want a chance to share.
Humans. We are a fickle bunch. We love the attention and accolades. We say we want others to share and enjoy in our successes, until it actually happens. Then, we don’t like it.
There is enough good stuff to go around. There’s a lot of bad stuff, too. Sure there are the abusers. We all can recognize that, but there are many out there who just want to take advantage of platforms that allow them to share their own story.
Be an early adopter of filters and screening technology and block what you feel is “junk.” A majority are just taking the advice of the experts and sharing their story.
After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.