Social media masters, ninjas, and gurus: How Twitter pros describe themselves

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Notoriously stealth, ninjas the world over are suddenly coming clean as social media nerds.
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Notoriously stealth, ninjas the world over are suddenly coming clean as social media nerds.

What we talk about when we talk about social media

Is it weird for you to see your name without an @ symbol in front of it? Do you ever wake up in a cold sweat after dreaming about your Klout score? Does the mere thought of losing your iPhone make your hands tremble? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on. 

FollowerWonk, an analytics tool that allows you to keep tabs on your Twitter account, released a list of the most popular terms users deploy to bolster their "social media" bona fides in their Twitter bios — "Social Media Pro," for example.

The list, which started off with just 16,000 Twitter users in 2009, has ballooned to 181,000 self-described social media mavens by January 2013.

Here is a short list of the most and least popular social media descriptors, some of which are quite telling:

Social Media Ninja: 21,876 users
Social Media Evangelist: 20,829
Social Media Consultant: 9,031
Social Media Guru: 18,363
Social Media Whore: 174 (why???)
Social Media Master: 88
Social Media Warrior: 104
Social Media Veteran: 10 (one vet has been on Twitter for a whole 17 months)

Read the full list at AdAge.

I'm no expert, but boldly declaring your ninja-ness for the whole world to see? Not very ninja-like. And if I had to pick a description for myself, I'd probably go with "Social Media Veteran," but only because I once had a Xanga. 

What kind of Social Media [blank] are you? Let us know in the comments.

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