Internet Rule #1 – You Don’t Matter
“Just because you behave a certain way on the internet, doesn’t mean there aren’t MILLIONS of other people that will behave completely different than you.”
The Internet has another name that many people call it. “The Hivemind“. During any time of day you can rest assured that there are millions of people with a million thoughts and a million voices are screaming, creating and innovating on the Internet (Hivemind)
Let me explain:
The Zynga game “Farmville” is a perfect example. Personally, I only know 2-5 people who play Farmville. However, there are now over 80 Million Farmville users worldwide. The average Internet user thinks far too highly of themselves. In my world, no one plays Farmville because I don’t really know very many people who do. That’s when I need to realize, “I don’t matter!”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve explained a website to someone to have them say, “That’s stupid! I would never do that.” That’s great, but you don’t matter. There are literally millions of other people out there who would love the website I described.
Twitter is another perfect example. How many of my real life friends actively tweet? Maybe 2% to be generous. However, I need to remember, “I don’t matter!” Because Twitter was just valued at 7.7 Billion Dollars! Millions of people use Twitter. In fact there are 460,000 new Twitter accounts created each day.
The Hivemind is growing and we need to pull our heads out of the sand and look around. In this age we’ve become obsessed with expressing our opinions and our thoughts that we forget about others and their thoughts. There are other people on the Internet that are different than we are, in fact, most of them are. That’s why the first Rule of the Internet is “You aren’t important and you don’t matter.”