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What Yogi Berra would have said about social networks

FredericBaud commented on my blog about Social Money yesterday, that we should have a competition to see who could write the best comment in social networks in the spirit of Yogi Berra.

For those unfamiliar with the great Yogi, he was not the one who had a sidekick called Boo Boo.   He was rather better known as a major league baseball player in post-War USA who had some classic one-liners, such as:

  • "It ain’t over till it’s over";
  • "It’s like déjà vu all over again";
  • "You can observe a lot by just watching";
  • "It’s tough making predictions, especially about the future";
  • "The future ain’t what it used to be"; and
  • "We made too many wrong mistakes."

So my starter for ten was: "If I’d known they would call sitting behind a computer being social, I’d have stayed in the bar."

Frederic came up with: "I’m trying to be social as every other man, but I had to draw a line when my mother asked to be part of my network."

And
Guillaume proposes "Web 2.0 is about being less social with more people".

We’ll give this one a week to run and then I’ll choose a winner, with a copy of the winner’s choice of one of my books as the prize.

Just enter your proposals below as a comment …

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  • Here is a new shot to raise my odds of wining a copy of one of your books:
    “Now that they have fans on FaceBook, no-one receives insulting letters anymore”

  • Here is a new shot to raise my odds of wining a copy of one of your books:
    “Now that they have fans on FaceBook, no-one receives insulting letters anymore”

  • John Derham

    May I suggest that the great Mr. Berra would have said something like:
    “There is social and social, so shall I spell this out for you?”

  • John Derham

    May I suggest that the great Mr. Berra would have said something like:
    “There is social and social, so shall I spell this out for you?”

  • Alan Knowles

    Interesting discussion. Howzabout: “the future of social networks is like the future of baseball – you still need a crowd and a venue.”

  • Alan Knowles

    Interesting discussion. Howzabout: “the future of social networks is like the future of baseball – you still need a crowd and a venue.”

  • Wendy Fraser

    I think this is an interesting angle and debate, and thanks for all the commentary on social areas Chris.
    My stab at this would be: “Social networks are what we do when we’re not being antisocial”.
    Thanks
    Wendy

  • Wendy Fraser

    I think this is an interesting angle and debate, and thanks for all the commentary on social areas Chris.
    My stab at this would be: “Social networks are what we do when we’re not being antisocial”.
    Thanks
    Wendy

  • Please, let me indulge myself with a third shot:
    “one is lonely; two is company; three is a social network”

  • Please, let me indulge myself with a third shot:
    “one is lonely; two is company; three is a social network”

  • Alex King

    I don’t no yogi, but suggest “in the graveyard of relationships, the deepest hole will be the one filled by online social networks”.
    And after your discussion about avatars, i think this is really relevant.

  • Alex King

    I don’t no yogi, but suggest “in the graveyard of relationships, the deepest hole will be the one filled by online social networks”.
    And after your discussion about avatars, i think this is really relevant.

  • OK. Thanks for the comments and here’s the winner: Frederic!
    It was his idea and, with so much tenacity, I think he’s deserving.
    Thanks to everyone else, and let me know which book you’d like Frederic.
    Chris

  • OK. Thanks for the comments and here’s the winner: Frederic!
    It was his idea and, with so much tenacity, I think he’s deserving.
    Thanks to everyone else, and let me know which book you’d like Frederic.
    Chris

  • Thanks Chris!
    And as Yogi would have said: “This is the one who talks last who deserves having the final word”

  • Thanks Chris!
    And as Yogi would have said: “This is the one who talks last who deserves having the final word”