Brief Thoughts About Social Media

October 5, 2010

I remember when Nik first started using Twitter. It was sometime in 2007 when he had to text his tweet to a number for it to update. I thought he was crazy.

Three years later it’s one of the biggest things out there, and one that I take advantage of. I joined in late 2008 leading up to the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. Since that time I find it as both good and evil.

The good: a great resource for getting quick information. Yesterday is a prime example when the Mets fired Jerry Manual and “relieved” Omar Minaya of his GM duties. All sorts of quotes and reaction were on Twitter in minutes. Almost every day I get a chunk of my morning reading from links that come across my Twitter feed. And not all of it is sports related. Another aspect, is a form of networking. From afar I have become friendly with many people I share similar interests with and it’s often fun to have a back and forth with people. On a self-promotion level, I can tweet a link when I have a new blog post or a new Flickr gallery that I went to get out in the public.

The evil: the front that I think some people hide behind. The petty arguments that become fairly public and almost ruin the Twitter experience. And, Twitter is just plain ole addicting! Can you honestly say you don’t sneak a peak on your mobile device when you’re out to dinner, a movie or something else?

I’ve recently protected my tweets for a few reasons. I know it slightly takes away from one of the used of being on Twitter, but I can’t help it if there are some people I’d rather not have see my business.

Moving on from Twitter, it seems like each week there is a new social media site that is trying to make it’s way onto the playing field.

One of the more successful sites is Tumblr. I know many people I follow on Twitter have a Tumblr site to post short, random musings. I don’t frequent the Tumblr sites of those people as often as I do their main blogs, but it’s another outlet for interaction.

When Matthew Cerrone announced SNY was launching a Tumblr site, I asked him why a major sports network with its own website would need a Tumblr. Cerrone replied with a very public answer which you can read here. His explanation makes complete sense, but I’m not sold on it. I have websites, including blogs, that I visit often. I have my own site to update. Why should I create another place to have people go? Is there some harm I’m not seeing to keep it all together in one place? For me, there’s just not enough time to add another site to my daily list of reading or updating and managing.

I’m very content with how I use my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts to get out my own word on things and even make a few new connections. Here’s to hoping these new connections are genuine and non-dramatic.

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