Is it time for a Different Social Network?

Is it time for Twitter, is it time for a different  Social Network?

I am not old – I am busy! 
This is my excuse for not utilizing Twitter up until this semester. Of course, when I realized what the content of this particular course would be like, it became apparent that the only way to really understand this phenomenon was to experience it firsthand.

Because the majority of my experience lately is with Facebook, I just assumed that there would be similarities – there are not.  Dave Clark, in his article:  Shaped and Shaping Tools presented me with a much different perspective of Twitter.  When he described his frustration with a program, subsequent Tweet and then an answer from a perfect stranger, it became apparent to me that, unlike Facebook, what we say and do on Twitter reaches the world.

So far, I have found some very interesting Twitter feeds to follow including Mashable, Lifehacker others specifically relating to our school and my own personal interests.  Mashable is purported to be the largest independent online news site and caters to social media. Lifehacker is such an interesting feed and so far. I have seen everything from holiday decorating ideas to feeds about our cyber lifestyles.

This brings to mind our conversations regarding social networking. Because there is not only a possibility, but a probability to meet new people daily through Twitter, I find that this is, indeed a social networking activity.  Not only that, it is much more organized than I ever imagined. My initial impression was that this was a random, willy nilly type of activity where people posted randomly everything from where they were and what they were doing. It is much more than this.  The quality of information available via links and searchable content make this a very powerful resource.

Of course, you will note that what I mostly took away from Clark’s work was his introduction. As he continued on in his writings and the concepts got thicker and thicker, I found that it was increasingly difficult to maintain focus. This is not to say that his concepts and information is not valid and worth study.  I just find a more direct and lest scholarly approach easier to digest.

This being said, Qualman’s readings are much easier to assimilate and compare to real-life situations. His references to the power of social networking are such amazing information. I equate his references to the proverbial drop of water in a bucket. My one purchase may not really mean much on its own, but couple that with the purchases of my friends and their friends and everyone that I am a fan of on Twitter and our bucket is overflowing.

Social Networking on Blogs by Penny C. Sansevieri CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. is an amazing reference to the power of blogs and their place in the land of social networking.  Penny states in her blog post that

“Commenting on blogs posts is a sort of social networking, even better in fact because blog posts and their associated comments are searchable.”

Just like Twitter, we are able to search blog posts for pertinent information and use this information however we desire.  While Penny’s post relates to the trials of getting a publication noticed, it is a powerful statement about the uses and abuses of blogging.

After going through this week’s readings and paying a bit closer attention to both Twitter and blogs posted on the net, I am coming to feel the immense power of social networking. I am also becoming very disillusioned with Facebook. I am starting to yearn more for interesting concepts and tire of daily drama.  Does this make me a bad person? I am curious – how do you answer the following?

About Robyn Gotch

After many years of quilting, sewing and long-arm quilting for myself, I felt it was time to offer these same services to the public. You will find that because I am a quilter myself, your projects will be treated with the same care and respect that I do my own.

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Metablogging, Social Media, Society. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey Robin,

    I don’t think you need an excuse for not using Twitter, but I agree that it’s easier to experience it first hand to understand it better. How many social networks do people need though? I would prefer to keep one social network up to date that multiple. I wonder how long it will take Google Plus to become popular, if it ever will. One of my friends uses Twitter and Facebook, but she has figured out how to make her Tweets post on Facebook as well, making life a little more convenient. To avoid the drama, do you hide people’s posts on your page? I like your poll.

    • In a gradual manner which is picking up speed, I am spending more and more time following twitter feeds, and less visiting my facebook page. Yes, I have my twitter posts showing up as Facebook entries as well, and I rarely actually post to Facebook.

      I think the main reason for my defection from Facebook is the difference in content. I do not collect Facebook friends indescriminently, so the posting is nothing short of stagnant. They consist of the all- too- familiar jokes, reposts and self portraits taken with a cell phone in a bathroom mirror … YAWN.

      Twitter posts that I follow, on the other hand are stimulating, educational and relevant to what I feel is important. Do I hide people’s posts? Actually, I felt that if someone was so vulgar, preachy, stupid or annoying, I would do the honest thing and unfriend them. So, no, I do not hide posts – I eliminate the source.

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