The Social Media Explosion - I'm Now a Believer!
First, let me tell you that while I am fairly technical and usually right on the edge of the technology curve, I've been a bit slow to embrace certain aspects of social media. One reason is that I simply can't do anything halfway. I was afraid that if I got into a social network, I would become consumed by it and spend every waking moment updating my status, reading about others, and making snarky comments to my friends. My family would think I had disappeared, and I would slowly morph into the people from Wall-E...never leaving my chair and ever expanding in the wrong directions. The other main reason was I simply thought it wasn't a good use of my time. I've been on Linked-In for a few years, because I viewed that as a valuable way to maintain my career network. "This could help me if I need a job!" was my thought. But Twitter? Facebook? MySpace? That was for my little cousins. While I still feel that way about MySpace, I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon about 9 months ago, and I was quickly hooked. Twitter was a great way to keep up with a lot of my friends and collegues I met while on the conference speaking circuit. I wasn't going to fall for Facebook, but a few months ago there arose a Mike Lazar "imposter" who became friends with a few of my real friends (how does that happen???), so I had to get online and set the record straight. Of course now, I'm a Facebook junkie. So for the past few months I've been happily doing the usual Twitter & Facebook thing and didn't really think this was a corporate game changer. That is, until last week.
April 27, 2009Thanks Marcus. I like the "definitely ignore it at time" statement :-D
April 25, 2009Social Media has become a credible explosion. And according to the post at http://socialnerdia.com/index.php/2009/04/the-mindblasting-explosion-known-as-social-media/ it is also a "mindblasting" one. Lol!
Here's a quote:
"Learn from it, have fun with it, leverage it, don't overrate it, fail at it, definitely ignore it at times (don't be so social that you become anti-social), and remember regardless of whether you have 800 ideas, 800 clients, 800 followers, 800 blog entries or 800 customer support numbers everyone is involved, but if everyone's an expert, no one is."
January 30, 2009Glad you found use for all of the technologies. Each year I am trying to add in more. Then we get a rush of those that missed it the year previous and catch up to that one. Such as the Lotusphere Twitter account that rebroadcasts tweeets sent to it. So basically ytou follow one account but can reach hundreds there
January 26, 2009I used to be a regular conference circuit attendee, mostly geek conferences such as Etech, Etel, OSCON etc and saw Twitter use increase hugely, it was a natural progression from the usual back channels in use as it allowed easy mobile access which was always good when the Wifi inievitably went down. Twitter especially is getting more mainstream traction now but it's still going to be interesting to see if it is a mainstream tool, as you point out it's great at conferences, in fact for any event it can be handy. My use varies depending on how much I feel like 'taking part' and is inversely proportional to my level of 'real work'
Now that I am off the circuit I also don't feel that i can get the same level of use from it, it has sunk back to what intriged me in the first place, a group SMS tool effectively, that said it has come a long way from the days of being launched as Twittr (when everything had to drop an e) and has a huge community built around it now. I just wonder which BigCorp is going to end up buying it...