I love social media.
I remember the first time someone told me about Myspace, I could hardly wait to get home and see what it was all about. I used to spend hours on it, trying to reconnect with old friends, sprucing up my profile and finding the perfect song for people to listen to when they landed on my page. When I made the jump to Facebook I started a similar process all over again…and then again with Twitter. It was fun getting reacquainted with people and getting updated on what’s happening in their lives. When a friend would write something, I was always quick to try to respond. It seemed to me like every status update I read was an opportunity to start a conversation and I loved it.
Then things began to change for me…
I remember adding friends that I barely even knew.
The kid that I had a class with in 4th grade.
The friend of a friend that I met at a pool party. We didn’t really know each other, but the book of faces told us we should be friends and now we are.
On Twitter it was much worse. I quickly began following people and people began following me right back.
Lots of people.
People I do not know….at all.
The crazy part? I thought it was really cool.
Then one day the conversations died.
Status updates stacked upon status updates. Reading through my Facebook timeline became tiresome and on Twitter I had to create groups just to keep up with what was happening. Now when I type a status update I don’t expect to even get a response and I rarely comment on what my friends write. Social media became nothing more than a time waster for me.
I am not ok with that. Are you?
I believe the best part of social media is the SOCIAL part.
I want to get back to that.
I want to be engaged in conversations with those I care about and care about me.
I want to see people leverage social media for something good. Really good. I know there are people that already are and that excites me!
Over the next couple of days I am going to share some of my ideas about how to use social media well.
Please take a moment to share with me some of your thoughts or frustrations with social media?