Whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media structure, posting quotes is a fun pasttime. Quotes can bring back a feeling or memory from another time. Quotes can point out how often the same themes and principles come up. Often quotes from television, movies, songs or high profile people in the spotlight can spin a tale that’s fun for you and your followers to unravel.

I started using Twitter to goof off with my college friends. We would send obscure quotes from the 80s and 90s to see who had the most useless trivia in their heads. The harder it was to guess, the more respect the quoter would get. Also, the longer the quote thread could go without revealing the source, the more fun we had. Quotes that were too popular or too simple brought mockery. ]

When, however, an obscure quote or line is posted, the best way to show that you understand is to reciprocate with a quote or line of your own. For example, the correct response to: “We were below the hard-deck for just a few seconds. I had the shot. There was no danger, so I took it.” would be, “So you took it? AND BROKE A MAJOR RULE OF ENGAGEMENT???????” not, “Top Gun!” Try to respond to clever with clever.

Don’t spoil the fun for everyone else.

Years ago, as a writer friend of mine was struggling to maintain his creativity in a university IT shop (yes, I’m talking about you, Kevin), I thought I would help out by giving him random phrase to work into his weekly status updates.  As I got more and more random, he had funnier and funnier status updates.  I like to think I saved what was left of his sanity.

Recently, a series of deadly boring teleconferences resurrected this game.  Holly, a colleague of mine, was giving her status update when I instant messaged her to work the word “hiccup” into her update.  Without missing a beat, Holly spoke of the server hiccup that required a restart.  Thus, the Status Challenge was reborn.

Every week, I will twitter a word.  Your challenge is to work it into your status (update, meeting, report, whatever) without arousing suspicion.  This week’s word was “crawdad.”  You may choose to use the word as a folksy metaphor “We’ll wait for that crawdad to grow a bit first”, an interesting comparison, “I love that idea more than crawdad gumbo!”, or as an intentional malapropism, “That really sticks in my crawdad” to work it in.  However, if someone calls you on what you’re doing, you get no points.  Award yourself points for using the word, more if no one comments, and even more for style.

If you want to play, follow my twitter @gelsbernd, but let me know by sending me a DM with #statuschallenge in the message.

Good luck!

P.S.  Don’t play this with Jason – he wants to suggest impossible words such as “vas deferens” – look it up.

Robert Mager wrote about behavioral objectives from an instructional standpoint.  Before designing a training program, designers must know in very concrete terms what they are expected to do to demonstrate their mastery of the material.  The same factors that go into developing good performance and learning objectives are used to develop thorough scenarios that can be easily evaluated.