You could be Famous but not Popular
by NjukiMartin Posted on 17/07/2014
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Everything there is in life can be expressed in numbers. Think about it. The most important questions have numbers for answers. How old are you? How much is the bill? What day and time was he born? How many more minutes? 

However, numbers can lie. Especially when used to measure fame. Boy, they can deceive you. The many followers you have on Twitter or the Likes you have amassed on your Facebook page is by no means a measure of fame. Do not be fooled. The internet, and Social media to be precise, has brought to life "Vanity Metrics". 

You could be bragging that you have the numbers and the following online but pause for a while. Fame and Popularity are two different things. Let me give you an example. Young men will ran after a pretty gal at the market place, but so will they also when a thief is spotted! They will run at him twice as fast. So before you stand tall and scream to us that you have a following, as yourself if you are the "pretty girl" or "the thief". 

In most cases, people will follow your emptiness online to just wow at your shallowness. Mainly because it makes theirs look much less. When you post hate-speech and get a 100+ comments or re-tweets, it is not being popular buddy, it is empty fame. It is young men running after a thief. 

It's a pity so many have leaned on these vanity metrics as a basis for seeking electoral positions and ended up sorry.

Bloggers are #trending all for the wrong reasons. When one Njoku Chenge (not her real name) decides to call people driving NZE's losers, when she betrays her femininity and calls plus-size ladies "fat", she gets talked about a lot. But his does not make you popular madam. It makes you famous in the market place. The kind of fame that follows a thief. I only hope that as your following gets bigger, none of your followers will be fast enough to outrun you. Because when that happens, it will be your departure to oblivion.

If you must be known, be known for good. 

Enough said.


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OCCUPATION Computer Science

I have purposed to be very keen on the role of ICT in today’s world and in shaping the future towards a global economic system. I therefore strive for excellence in whatever I do through teamwork, training and learning so as to be competent with the necessary social skills and hands-on-knowledge required in developing market oriented solutions to the challenges and problems that face us.


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