Social media rant

Posted on December 4, 2013


social media rant
Do you love social media? Or do you hate it? Right now, I’m leaning more towards the hate side. Hate is a strong word, maybe more like annoyed.

Blogging is my exception. I love it because I’ve met so many wonderful people from all around the world. I haven’t traveled abroad much, so it’s especially fun to learn about new countries and cultures through blogs.

Facebook is another story. On the positive side, I’ve reconnected with several high school friends. On the negative side, the friend feed is filled with dribble.

Twitter, ah Twitter. I still don’t understand the appeal of this. Yes, I have an account, but I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything to it. If you’re a company, Twitter can be useful as a monitoring too. It’s good to quickly respond to both positive and negative tweets about your company or its products. Other than that, for me, it’s useless.

I used to like LinkedIn because of it’s business and professional focus. I’m getting less and less enamored of it. I’m an open networker and love connecting with people that I don’t know personally. That being said, I will not connect with a total stranger who merely clicks on the LinkedIn connect button and sends me the generic message, “I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn.” Or, even worse, “Since you are a person I trust, I’d like to connect with you.” How can I possibly be someone you trust? You don’t know me or anything about me. Just because my name showed up in a LinkedIn sidebar doesn’t mean I want to connect with you. Sending out connection notices like that is laziness, pure and simple. If I’m feeling particularly crotchedy, I may even mark such an invite as spam. If someone has taken the time to write a few short sentences about why they want to connect with me, I’m happy to do so. Recently, I received a nice invite from someone who reads my Amazon reviews and my blog. Of course, I’ll connect with them.

Yes, it’s easy to connect with hundreds of people on Social Media. It’s not so easy to make meaningful connections. Why not take a few minutes and send a personal note with your connection request. Explain why you’d like to connect with that person. It can be as simple as, “you have such an interesting background, I’d love to connect with you.”

What about you? What annoys you about social media?

Photo is courtesy of Jan Tik’s Flickr Photostream, under Creative Commons Licensing.