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A while back, the American Film Institute released its list of the Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time. And me being me---severely over-caffeinated and somewhat demented yet all the while well-meaning---decided it was time to take some quotes and apply them to the social media-crazy world we find ourselves in.

So here goes! “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (Gone With the Wind)
Social Media Translation: My response to anyone who tells me how many Twitter followers they have.

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”  (The Godfather)
Social Media Translation: Another Social Media Snake Oil salesman promising X number of followers in X number of days.

“What we’ve got here is (a) failure to communicate.”  (Cool Hand Luke)
Social Media Translation: I am not receiving your DMs so clearly the world must be ending.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” (Love Story)
Social Media Translation: I swear I meant to retweet you, I swear! I love your tweets!

“You can’t handle the truth!” (A Few Good Men)
Social Media Translation: No one really gives a damn what you have to say on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, the bathroom wall, a Post-It note … They don’t care!

“Round up the usual suspects.” (Casablanca)
Social Media Translation: Client’s mandate to set up a Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn account.

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” (The Pride of the Yankees)
Social Media Translation: You made it to 1,000 Twitter followers

“If you build it, he will come.” (Field of Dreams)
Social Media Translation: OK, I’ve set up a blog, Google+, Twitter & Facebook … Where is everybody?

“Say hello to my little friend!” (Scarface)
Social Media Translation: You excitedly tell someone that your Twitter account only has 5 followers

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Social Media Translation: My Twitter plan is to get complete strangers to retweet all of my tweets.

“I feel the need—the need for speed!” (Top Gun)
Social Media Translation: I am now going to send a message from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube ALL at the same time …

OK, that was just a random sampling; there are plenty of other quotes from the AFI list I didn’t include. Check out the list, find your favorite and translate into Social Media speak for the rest of us ... or if your favorite movie quote isn’t on the list, tell me what it is and how it relates to social media.

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Named one of the Top 100 Influencers In Social Media (#41) by Social Technology Review and a Top 50 Social Media Blogger by Kred, Steve Olenski is a senior content strategist at Responsys, a leading global provider of on-demand email and cross-channel marketing solutions.

He has worked on everything from a Super Bowl TV spot to a Mom and Pop radio spot---and all points in between. He doesn't drink. He doesn't smoke. He doesn't use foul lang... well, he doesn't drink or smoke.

He is a naturally curious and opinionated person who's had to fight his way (sometimes literally) for everything he's achieved professionally. And if it were not for his rock (AKA his wife), he would not be here today. He would still be stocking shelves, not that there's anything wrong with that... 

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