Are You a Social Butterfly, Stink Bug, or Honey Bee?

You can find all types of people on social networks. The diversity is amazing. I have engaged with people from many cultures all over the world. I have come across butterflies, honey bees, and unfortunately, plenty of stink bugs. You can find all three on almost every social network, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

When I first started using social media, I was pleasantly surprised to find people in other countries that had the same goals as many here in my country. They want to meet interesting people, learn about other cultures, and improve their lot by promoting their businesses. I am no longer surprised by this, but I am still fascinated with how others in places with cultures so different than mine, can be so similar to me.


Butterflies are everywhere. Social butterfliesare friendly with everyone. They spread a little pollen and sample sweet nectar from all that’s pretty on social media. They flit and flutter from here to there with no apparent purpose other than to see and be seen. I like butterflies. They spread a little pollen, a lot of good cheer and are nice to look at. You don’t have to search for them, they find you. I don’t go out of my way to meet them, nor do I exert a lot of effort cultivating relationships with them. With social butterflies, I can get all of the  return they offer, without much investment.

Stink bugs

Stink bugs are curious creatures. They don’t sting. They don’t really stink, but they are not very attractive things. A stink bug is a pest. They feed on all types of crops, and what they don’t eat they ruin. They puncture little holes in fruit so it rots quickly. They multiply rapidly under the right conditions and can have a devastating effect on production. You’ll find them in the comment areas of blog posts, Facebook timelines, and even in the occasional snarky tweet. They don’t add value to any discussion. They certainly don’t have any ideas of their own, and they try to poke holes into the otherwise fruitful sharing of someone else’s idea, often causing it to wither away. I have no time or use for stink bugs.

Honey bees

Honey bees are the workers of social media. They are attracted to the brightest colors on the Internet – the best ideas. They feed a little on them and get idea dust all over their little fuzzy legs. Then they are off to feed on other bright idea flowers, pollinating them as they go, so they too will bear fruit. When their bellies are full, their legs heavy with idea dust, and they are almost too tired to fly, they head back to their hive to share their bounty with their colony.

Upon arrival back home, they land on a ledge of the hive and do a little dance. Scientists that study honey bees didn’t understand what they were doing for a long time. Then in a breakthrough study, they discovered the purpose of this curious “waggle” dance. When a honey bee lands after a successful nectar and pollen search, they start going round and round in a circle. Then they stop and cut across the middle of the circle in the direction they found their bountiful harvest, so the bees that are ready to take off know which direction to fly!

Which do you think is more useful? Are you a social butterfly, honey bee, or a stink bug?


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