One too many social networks

I only get around to checking my Google+ account about once a day, and I feel like I’m neglecting it. I’m already probably spending too much time trying to stay relevant and engaged on Facebook (personal, business and band page), Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress and Tumblr.

I’ll be honest here. I’m a person who reads voraciously and likes to share what I find. I’m a person who loves to write (even if limited to 140 characters). And I’m a person who usually has plenty of things to say on lots of topics, from social media to Mediterranean food. Despite all those characteristics plus my extreme extrovertism, I don’t have enough to say or share to fill up all my media streams. Well, I should say I choose not to fill them all up. Sure I could share every technology or current events article I read, but I doubt that everyone always wants to be hearing from me. (Even I don’t want to always be hearing from me.)

So it may actually be somewhat ironic that I’m writing a blog post about how I don’t have anything to say, but at least I can go post a link to this post on all aforementioned social networks.

But what I’m really getting at here is this: Where do we draw the line? When should we stop promoting the work that we’re doing and actually go do more of that work? It seems to be getting to the point where everyone is spending more time promoting their stuff than they are creating the stuff they are promoting. I can’t tell you how many articles I run across via Twitter where the tweet promoting it is more interesting and contains more information than the article itself. Remember people, horse first, then the cart.

Where do you post the most? And how do you decide what to put where?

Taking a break

Do you ever feel like you’re running out of time, but you don’t know what for? I’m sort of in a position with a few things in my life where I’m having to wait…and be patient. Things both professional and personal. I’m such a mover and shaker that being patient can be hard. In the specific situations I’m thinking of, I’ve done the work, I’ve made the right connections, and now I’m just waiting to hear back. And that is an odd state of limbo to be in, where I can’t even really execute (or even start to make) alternative plans since doing so would be counterproductive at this point.

Driving home from band practice tonight, I realized that I like to stay busy so much that I can push myself to the breaking point. As we were rehearsing, my fingers weren’t going to the right frets on my bass guitar, and I just felt off. Afterwards I realized that I have been going nonstop for about six months straight. Working, writing, editing, networking, socializing, rehearsing music, playing shows, socializing, exercising, socializing. Today around 5pm the go go go lifestyle hit me like a prizefighter’s punch. So—to keep with that metaphor—I’m gonna go down for the count…but voluntarily. I have a short vacation that starts tomorrow at 5pm, so I’m gonna go away for a bit.

And as hard as it is, that means a break from social media. This is the first real break I’ve attempted to take since diving into my new career, and it’s gonna be as hard for me not to check my Facebook, blog, email, Twitter or Tumblr from my iPhone as it is for a crack addict not to take a hit from a pipe being handed to him. I’m driving up into the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, so let’s hope that their majesty can steal my heart away from wanting to tweet about how beautiful it all is…at least until I get back on Monday.

The next big thing or the next nothing?

Being in the field of online media, I often learn about the “next big thing” pretty quickly after it comes out. The only problem is that, most of the time, the next big thing turns out to be something that didn’t quite go over how some folks had expected. I remember when I first heard about Twitter, I immediately signed up signed up because I figured within a week, all of my friends would be on it and that would become the means by which we communicated the most (this was before Facebook became so dominant). I also initially misunderstood what Twitter offered. I thought it was a service where you’d post “Hey, I’m at such and such coffee shop” then your friends in the area would drop by if they were around. Well, it wasn’t that – though that does exist now with Foursquare and Facebook places (if that one ever really takes off).

All that to say, Posterous is now being touted as that “next big thing” because it allows you to communicate across all the other social network and blogging platforms via email. I’ll admit, it sounds pretty sweet. And it’s one of those things that, even if it doesn’t catch on, may still prove very useful to me. I guess we’ll see.

(p.s. This is my first test-post via Posterous.)

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Addendum:

I guess there are certain dangers and pitfalls to being on the frontier of new technology services. I will tell you this: DO NOT create a Posterous account. I”m not sure exactly what it was doing, but within thirty minutes of me giving the site permission to access this WordPress blog and my Tumblr account, both of them were frozen. I couldn’t even log in to them. Finally, after two hours and a number of page refreshes, I was finally able to log in and change my passwords. Once I did that, both accounts started working perfectly again. I honestly didn’t even know it was possible for a third-party app like that to freeze you out of your accounts even when you try to access them through their own site login pages. And, another thing is that Posterous doesn’t allow you to delete your profile after you created it without emailing them to request the removal of your account.

Despite sounding like a great tool, I’m afraid something fishy (or phishy) is going on there. Moral of the story: don’t use Posterous. Or the moral might be that I should stop signing up for accounts on more sites.

Posterous. Hmpf. More like prePosterous. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Confessions of an online media specialist

Here’s the thing about Twitter: I don’t get it. I mean, I understand it – retweets and @Mentions and hashtags and Twitter parties and such. But it just doesn’t seem to work for me (nor with the demographic of my organization, but that’s another issue entirely). That’s great that it’s helping foment revolution across the Middle East, but I’d rather not use it. And this is not because I’m “old school” – I love Facebook, Tumblr (which shares similarities with Twitter) and LinkedIn. Just not Twitter.

I don’t know if it’s the delivery format of information (the Timeline) or the utter worthlessness of some users’ posts or the flood of updates or the fact that most of the people I’d care to keep up with aren’t on Twitter. And that last one may be significant: Twitter interactions with people who I don’t know in person offer me little to no sense of satisfaction, even if such communiqués may be helping me professionally. But the odd thing is that those same kinds of interactions on Facebook do feel rewarding. I’ve had a couple exchanges with Elena Verlee from PR in Your Pajamas and Amy Porterfield from Social Media Examiner, and those were quite informative and enjoyable.

So, there it is. I don’t like Twitter. It may just be because I think the verb “tweet” sounds utterly ridiculous unless you’re referring to what a bird does.

Is anybody else with me on this? Does anyone want to try and convince me otherwise?

[Addendum: I guess I sort of ended up convincing myself.]