The Hitchcock Effect
I wanted to say a few words to you all about numbers.
Recently, we all were exposed to a new measurement here on Google+ - views.
According to +Jaana Nyström
: "This number on your profile box next to the follower count is the sum of your profile, post and photo views since October 2012.
When you look at your Google+ page or profile, you can see your total number of views. This number tells you how many times your content has been seen by other people, including your Photos, Posts, and the page itself. Also private posts or the ones shared with your circles or extended circles.
You can still see the +1's, shares and comments on each post. Only the way to display the engagement of a Page has changed: Now showing the times anyone views your post in their stream."I want to remind everyone (using Hollywood as an example) that sometimes, even the very best Directors have been overlooked for Oscars.
Numbers, often, are meaningless in the grander scheme of things!
My point? You might be one of the best engagers in the world, but if you aren't posting photos that get shared thousands of times, or if many of your posts haven't hit the What's Hot list, you may not see these huge numbers that we see with many a photographer or resident of the SUL. And that's fine!
To me, I have more friends who have a few hundred or thousand followers than I do with those who have millions. It does NOT make you any less important or valuable in my book!
In fact, I love you more for that, since I know we have TRUE conversations and connections!I do not care what your NUMBER says - I care about the topics we talk about and the conversations we have!
To illustrate this "effect" I thought I'd point out famous Hollywood directors who also never achieved these sorts of "milestones." They are incredible and brilliant, though they never received an Oscar for Best Director!
Jean-Luc Godard, highly improbable (he'd likely not accept anyway!). So we won’t be featuring David Lynch (3 directing nominations, no wins), Christopher Nolan (0 directing nominations), David Fincher (2 nominations), Jane Campion (1 nom), Terry Gilliam (0 noms), Terrence Malick, (2 noms), Darren Aronofsky (1 nom), Spike Lee (0 noms), Paul Thomas Anderson (1 nom), David Cronenberg (0 noms) and so on, as least some of whom will surely pick up a Directing statue in future years.
Also, there's Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and Robert Altman. Amazing, right? Here's more: Sidney Lumet, Howard Hawks, Charlie Chaplin, Sergio Leone, Ernst Lubitsch, Cecil B. DeMille, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, Federico Fellini, Sam Peckinpah, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Goddard, Otto Preminger, Arthur Penn, and John Cassavetes,
That's the reality of Hollywood (and of what we see here on Google+). You may see photogs and others with billions of views, but don't for a moment think that you are any less impressive or creative (or cool as they are). You aren't! You're perfect just the way you are - and I, for one, am glad to have you in my circles! :-) #metrics #numbers #googleplusupdate #viewscount #directors #Hollywood http://bit.ly/CelebratedHollywoodDirectors