An idea becomes a movement: Why influencers influence

When something is important to you, you naturally feel the urge to communicate. Not just because “sharing is caring” but because more people sharing makes what is important -to you- important to more people. It’s called influencing.

Over the past 4 years, since entering the exciting, demanding but also enlightening world of Twitter, we have seen countless examples of individuals and companies using it as just another way of shouting. They shout about their products, their companies, their personal frustrations, politics, or strong engagements/causes. Be it football or feminism.

S.O.C.I.A.L.

But are they social? The ultimate acronym for being someone who cares (“sharing is “caring”) implies that you are sincere and communicate rather than shout. You communicate by being open and receptive to the person you communicate with. In order to be worth sharing, what you communicate must be triggered by your true motivation to collaborate around the issue. And more importantly, interested in what they need/have to say.

If and when you respond, what you say and how you interact needs to be what is truly who you are, to be authentic and therefore make a difference.

Finally, social means caring, and by showing that you care, you are likeable and will be a natural choice to follow and engage with. That is how you become an influencer. And that is what social media is all about.

A Twitter list became a movement

Last night I started collecting Danish influencers adding them to a list so that I could follow them all and engage where it makes sense. @tokeroed picked the idea up, made more suggestions and it has now grown into more than 30 Twitterers in Denmark from all geographies, all professions, both companies and consultants and self employed or out of employment. A group of people reaching out to each other to interact, share and care. Check out the list “Danish Influencers” on Twitter to meet these amazing people. I am sure, there will be more.

I cannot wait to see where this will takes us.

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