For a fun spin on tradition, we decided to think about the characteristics of our nation’s founders and hypothesize which social network each would have embraced. Here’s what we came up with:
- Benjamin Franklin, The Twitter King: If you’ve ever flipped through his book “Poor Richards Almanac,” you’d know just how many words of wisdom Ben Franklin was willing to provide. In much fewer than 140 characters each, Franklin gave the world guidance in how to live their daily lives. In fact he’s famous for writing: “Speak little, do much” and that’s just what he did. Check out some of his famous quotes. Now who wouldn’t want to follow that twitter feed?
- Thomas Jefferson, WordPress Aficionado: Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, was known for his skills as a writer. However, he wasn’t known for his brevity. In fact, Congress trimmed his draft of the Declaration by a fourth before it was ratified. Where would he be able to post his long-hand opinions? A WordPress blog! Sign me up for that RSS feed…stat.
- John Adams, Checked-In: John Adams was a fierce negotiator and great representative for the colonies – as such he was sent all over the world. He sailed to France numerous times, Spain, Britain, the Netherlands, and many other places within Europe. His trips didn’t always stay the course, either. Some of his boats strayed from their path and on occasion, he was even held captive. Foursquare would have been perfect for him because he’d be able to keep his family (little John Quincy included) and fellow diplomats up to date on his ever-changing location and efforts.
- George Washington, LinkedIn Networker of the Year: Washington was a serious networker. His honest character and people skills led to his rapid rise in both military and civilian affairs. He knew the importance of keeping in touch with all his “peeps.” His Mount Vernon estate was the hub of his network – in just 7 years, he invited some 2,000 guests, mostly those he considered “people of rank.” And, after the Revolutionary War, his immense network influenced his unanimous election as our country’s first president in 1788. Just think what he could have done with his LinkedIn profile. He’d definitely have “500+” connections.
- James Madison, Avid Redditor: Aside from the fact that he’s the Father of the Bill of Rights, Madison was very concerned with preserving and protecting the rights of the people. In particular, these rights were to serve as a balance against the power of government. For this reason we surmise that Madison would have been an avid Redditor. Most news sites control the content provided to its readers. Reddit, however, turns over the control to the people, who not only vote on which articles should be displayed at the top of the page, but they also provide the content for the site. He would have loved this balanced and democratic approach.
Special thanks to a History Whiz, Sarah Walk!
Are we on point? Do you have other forefather and social network pairs? Share in the comments below.