Community Manager Appreciation Day

Thanks I think - The Anti-Social MediaToday is Community Manager Appreciation Day.

Yes, it’s time for another weird social media “holiday.”

Seriously, who knows or  cares about this so-called holiday besides community managers? Most people don’t even know that community managers exist in their online lives. They think that crap just automatically comes out on Facebook and Twitter from brands. Given the sheer number of comments and madness on some Facebook walls, you’d be hard pressed to think they was any actual moderation there.

But community managers deserve a holiday. Hell, they deserve a whole week to be celebrated. Community managers are a special brand of psychopath who make our online experiences much better. They kill the trolls. They remove the spam. They humanize the faceless avatars.

They do all the thankless work of making the internet remotely more usable. And they do so willingly and passionately, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

This is why they’re such lovable psychopaths.

So, even though the “holiday” is contrived, say thanks to the poor person who has to read all 10,000 comments on a Facebook page. They deal with just as much craziness in their job as you do in yours.

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10 Responses to “Community Manager Appreciation Day”

  1. Deb Ng January 23, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    So it’s like that, is it?

    • Jay January 23, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Yea, that’s what it’s like.

  2. Morgan January 23, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I can get down with this holiday. :)

    • Jay January 23, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      I can get down with it if it lasts a week.

  3. Camilo Olea January 23, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Why, thanks! Do I get money or love or something?

    • Jay January 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      You get a tweet if you’re lucky.

  4. Claire Wagner January 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I appreciate myself. That’s the extent of it most of the time…

    • Jay January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      My appreciation comes in the form of a paycheck.

  5. Karen January 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I’m a community manager and had no idea it was a Community Manager Appreciation Day. Clearly the communities I manage are trying to tell me something.

    • Jay January 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      I only found out because someone told me they got me a present.

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