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It seems that the coolest kids on the block are Geeks (see definition below): Pete Cashmere (Mashable), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Kevin Rose (Digg), Bill Gates, Biz Stone (Twitter), and Felicia Day. On wefollow.com we see that the geeks are accumulating more Twitter followers than the jocks:
1) Social Media = 85 million followers 2) Tech = 57 million followers 3) Sports = 33 million followers.
Also according to wefollow.com, here are the top five geek influencers:A few years ago, bearing the title of geek would have been a stigma. Now, the geek title is a badge of honor.
Being a college senior in the educational mecca of Boston I see this firsthand on a daily basis, it is obvious who the ‘cool’ kids are on campus. Cool is no longer relegated to the jocks, it’s the students using their iPads and Androids walking with a purpose and who are not afraid to be different. In order to be outstanding, you need to stand out.
Twitter CEO in June indicated they receive over 65 million tweets a day [TechCrunch] and the Library of Congress archives all public tweets since April 14th, 2010. If this upward trend continues perhaps the geeks shall inherit the earth.
Even a definition on urbandictionary.com indicates being a geek is now hip:
The term now enjoys a special status within the technical community, particularly among particularly knowledgeable computer programmers. To identify oneself as a “geek” indicates a recognition that most people still consider programming computers to be a bizarre act, along with a certain fierce satisfaction in being very good at their inglorious profession.
That most software geeks now easily earn twice as much as the average laborer just sweetens their defiant embrace of the term.
Note: Unlike the word “nerd,” which is always pejorative, “geek” often carries a positive connotation when used by one of the group. The use of the term by outsiders is considered insulting.“If you really need the right answer, check with Bob; he’s our resident alpha geek.”
The next time that one of your friends, or enemies calls you a geek, smile and say, ‘thank you, I’ve really worked hard to get here!’
Written by Cidney Carver
Cidney is a contributing columnist to Socialnomics helping to give a Generation Y and Z perspective on digital trends.