How you can tell I’m not Chris Brogan

by Angelique on December 13, 2011

Avatars of Chris Brogan and Angelique with the text How to tell the difference between Angelique and Chris Brogan


At some point in time, you’ll be at a social media conference, and you’ll want to say hi to me, and you’ll want to say hi to Chris Brogan, and you’ll wonder: How will I be able to tell them apart?

Well, there are some differences, as you can see in the graphic above.

First of all, Chris usually has facial hair, and I never have facial hair. Not since lasers were invented, anyway.

Angelique singing with saxophonist Nazim RashidSecond, Chris has sorta light-ish hair, and the only way you’ll see my hair light-ish is if you take your time machine back to 2001, like so:

But there’s a better way to tell the difference between me and Chris Brogan.

Last September, I was inspired by two of Chris’ blog posts, The Great Twitter Unfollow Experiment of 2011 and Update to the Unfollow Experiment. He unfollowed everyone all at once, and then slowly added just a few people back to his follow list.

I thought this was a great cure for my unmanageable main Twitter stream, so I did something similar. Over the course of several days, I unfollowed almost a thousand people, and I vowed further unfollowing and to refrain from adding more than a few new connections.

Three months later, Chris is following 386 people. And this is a view of my account:

screenshot of angelique's twittercounter report


Yes, the difference lies in our relative amounts of Twitter following willpower. He has it; I don’t.

So if you’re ever in doubt, put our Twitter handles (@afmarcom and @chrisbrogan) into TwitterCounter, check the number of people we follow, and match the avatar with the amount of facial hair.


Confused? Or slightly disturbed? Comments are below!


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Anonymous December 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I LOVE this post…. I actually have a draft started that’s called You’re Not Chris Brogan :)  

I did the unfollow, went from 2K down to 1500 and it crept up a little, but I whittle at it every week or so.  


Angelique December 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Although my following count has returned to pre-#unfollow levels, my main Twitter stream is a lot more interesting. I unfollowed the people who were boring me to death but who have occasional info I need and stuck them on lists. That way they’re not cluttering up my main stream. Most of the people I’ve added since are people I’ve met through Twitter chats or Ignite Phoenix.


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