All right. In an effort not to be old and stodgy already (and out of my own curiosity), I took another look at social media.
As you know, I pulled the plug on Facebook, last November. Nothing, but great things have happened since I did that.
- My blog traffic has increased exponentially.
- I get MUCH better discussion on my blog.
- Corresponding via e-mail is MUCH more rewarding, than the fast-food style communication that Facebook allows.
Everything is working, the way I’m doing it now. I’m happy. I still spend too much time online, but I’ve slowly been working on improving that problem.
So, why, then, did I set up a Twitter and Google+ account last night?
I’ve kind of been wracking my brain this morning, trying to figure it out. I asked all of my e-mail contacts if they thought Twitter would be helpful, and the answer that most of them gave was, “No.”
But I guess that I have felt like there was a party going on, and I was missing out.
So I checked it out. I actually had an old Twitter account, for Our So-Called Life, and, sure enough, I still had the same 4 followers. I followed everybody in my e-mail contacts, and was rewarded with a couple of Tweets with some interesting links. I added some bigger blogs, hoping for a top-secret peek into their world, and was sorely disappointed.
OK, so on to Google+. There, I found everyone that I already write to, with links to all of their blog posts. Of course, I get links to everybody’s blog posts already, conveniently delivered to my inbox. And these people already get the same, for my posts.
And, what am I going to share, at these places? Everybody gets to read all of my deepest secrets here. Does anyone need another dose, over there?
So I guess I don’t see what the allure is.
What are your thoughts on social media? Have you found it to be helpful?