It’s chic to be geek.
Just look at our culture.
Freaks and Geeks (Ok, so it’s 10 years old, but it was pretty damn funny. OK, at least I thought it was funny.)
“The Geek Girls” (a small agency in MSP founded by Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker).
Point is, what was once a derogatory term is now used affectionately and liberally online. Like I said, it’s cool to be a geek.
So, if geek is the new black, how do we determine who’s a geek and who isn’t? How do you get “geek cred?” Wait, better question: What IS “geek cred?”
Let’s start there. Answer these simple questions to see where you stand on the overall social media geek-o-meter:
* Do you know what HTML stands for? (Know the acronym and you’ll have 5 points)
* What the hell is API? (Define it and you’ll earn 3 points)
* How many social media monitoring tools can you name? (1-3=3 points; 3-5=5 points; over 5=7 points)
* Do you often find yourself Skyping instead of calling friends/colleagues (If yes, 5 points please)
* Do you watch the majority of your TV on Hulu? (If you’re like me and you watch Arrested Development reruns on Hulu, you can have 5 points)
* How many apps do you have for your iPhone? (1-50=3 points; 51-100=5 points; 100 or more=7 points; sadly, I will take a big fat goose egg here)
* Do you know who Marc Andreessen is? (7 points)
* How many electronic mobile devices do you own? (1-3=3 points; 4-6=5 points; 7 or more=7 points)
* Do you regularly attend a WordPress user group? (If yes=5 points)
* If you earned a $3,000 bonus at work, would you: A) Put a down payment on a new car; B) Throw it in the bank, or C) Run out and purchase a new, fully-loaded MacBook Pro? (Clearly, no points awarded for first two; 3 points for “C”)
So, what’s your “geek cred”:
King of all Geeks (The Lewis Skolnik Category): 45-54 points
Go out and buy a pocket protector–NOW! (The Rick Moranis Category): 36-44 points
Sleek, but not geek (The Tron Category): Less than 36 points
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