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Are You Missing The “Social” Part Of Social Media?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010

Okay, I get it. Twitter and Facebook can be used for business purposes. I know; I use them for business as well. Not that often, but obviously I do. Every blog post I write shows up on Twitter. One of my blogs shows up on Facebook every time I post. When I’m holding office hours I announce it on Twitter; never done it on Facebook, but I guess I should.

Yes, money can potentially be made from both Twitter and Facebook. But is that the only thing people can think of to do with it?

Remember when I wrote about Twit Cleaner a week ago? Man, that thing took off by storm. Not from my post, but from a lot of people who discovered it and decided to check things out. There were a lot of Twitter folks who suddenly saw their numbers drop drastically. I’m betting some of them have no idea why it happened, and think Twitter penalized them for something. Truthfully, all any of those people had to do was to look at their Twitter account every once in awhile and they’d have seen that many of their followers were talking about it, and looking through their accounts to see who was talking to them and who wasn’t.

Is it too much to ask for people to try to be social at least some of the time while they’re either on Twitter or Facebook? Do I have to keep repeating myself often enough on Twitter about not being selfish? Do I have to write my posts here and there about why Facebook seems to be lame as a social media entity?

I was reading another blog earlier today where a commenter wrote that people have no right to tell others how to use social media, and that if all he wants to do is use it to market his services and products that it’s his right. I don’t dispute that, though I hate it. What’s also people’s right is to be able to find a balance between being able to just talk to people and occasionally seeing something that they might be interested in that might also be an ad.

For instance, I’d have to say that I’ve gotten stricter in determining who I’m following when it comes to internet marketing or SEO topics. I don’t want to have to visit a site, then put my name and email address in to find out what something is about. Nope, not falling for that anymore; been on the internet way too long. These people are irksome enough to begin with, but on Twitter, since everything changes to a tiny URL, you never know where you’re going to end up.

Maybe I’m just being curmudgeonly; what are your thoughts on the social aspects of social media? Am I asking for too much?



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Dennis Edell:

I’ve been saying this since the first mass-follow/unfollow crap tool was invented…sorry, hard to chat with 30,000 people in 30 seconds.
.-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..DEDC Updates – What the (Near) Future Holds for You and I! =-.

March 2nd, 2010 | 2:21 PM

Yeah, it would be hard to talk to that many people, for sure. However, if one person writes you, there’s no excuse not to respond back to that person if it’s not a sales message.

March 2nd, 2010 | 2:28 PM

I also believe that social media is what YOU make of it and not what others want you to. I really wish I could be more ‘social’ on, say, Twitter, but I feel very limited when I only have 140 chars to deal with and some how I’m not sure that my 4,000 followers care much about my chit chats with somebody else.

Regarding the latter, I shouldn’t really care though – after all, they are free to unfollow if they no longer believe I provide them enough value to follow me, then others will simply follow instead.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Aperture 3 Brushes – A Quick Demonstration =-.

March 2nd, 2010 | 4:28 PM

But you talk to people, Klaus, which is the point of my post here. I guess overall we all can look at Twitter and say “who cares what everyone else thinks”, regarding your thought about what your 4,000 followers care about what you have to say to others, but I guess the other side of that one is what it is a person’s hoping to get out of it.

Truthfully, I can’t figure out why most of the people following me are following me if they don’t know me, since I do get into conversations with others. It could be the retweets, it could be the news. I think most people find me through one of those services that recommends people to follow, and if that’s the case I still have no idea why I’d be recommended to anyone. I do mix it up, and I do talk to people here and there, and I share information, and I sometimes wear my heart on my sleeve. But at least I’m social, and that’s kind of the point.

And so are you. 🙂

March 2nd, 2010 | 6:50 PM

I think I need to start using TweetDeck a bit more. You’re already in my “watch list” there, so I’ll know what you’re up to 😀 Lately I’ve mostly been doing Twitter on though, so I probably miss out on a lot 🙁
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..February 2010: Blog Summary & Income Report =-.

March 3rd, 2010 | 6:12 AM
John Sullivan:

Mitch you hit the nail on the head 🙂 and to take it a step further.MOST bloggers think they are social and think they are friendly they aren’t. I can be honest and say that I had a hunch of the realities of social media along time ago and watched everyone chase each other around FOR WHAT ?
You can see many of these people are desperate now with big in your face SIGN UP SLick looking POP OUTs as soon as I see one I split 🙂
Anyyway funny you mention this I smell revolution against this and everyone keeping silent and Broke about it.I gave up that game along time ago 🙂
Blogging to me now is never work. it was when I wasted HOURS a day promoting other bloggers many who didn’t even say thanks Oh well I am over all that now and riding Smooth 🙂 LOL
Enjoy the weekend excellent post 🙂 Thanks

July 31st, 2010 | 1:57 AM

Thanks for your comment, John. You’re right, we see so many bloggers who don’t take the time to talk to you, and of course we see it on Twitter as well, where some folks just put out information, sales or whatever, and never step back to say hello to anyone. I don’t follow any of those people. And big popups; well, you know how I feel about that as well.

July 31st, 2010 | 2:06 AM