Sometimes I need to go back to why I got on to social media in the first place…remember why I love it so much and am, quite frankly, a little obsessed.
For me Social Media is all about 4 actions:
And if you want a fifth, then it’s Entertain!
When I’m not getting those I get frustrated, I feel like I’m standing on a crowded platform with loads of people shouting at me. And I’m not happy. That’s when I want to rant.
Luckily I’ve made some great connections, a lot of whom I have now met offline, and I’m learning things from them all the time.
I did have a blogrant a few weeks ago about too many experts, too much white noise, and self promotion and broadcast replacing engagement. It was the way I felt at the time and I needed to get it down in writing.
Wasn’t the most popular post I’ve ever written (note to self…blog rants rarely are popular posts) but it was something I felt I needed to get off my chest. It’s my blog and I’ll rant if I want to.
Today I read three really interesting posts.
First up was an excellent blog from digital marketing expert Mitch Joel – The End of Conversation in Social Media – followed swiftly by Flip Chart Fairy Tales take on the same post Social Media – The End of Conversation.
From the titles it won’t be a surprise to learn that both conclude that there is little real conversation and debate in social media and blogs now.
Then there was Jessica Merrell (blogging4jobs) with a right old rant about the hard sellers, posers, underqualified, over-enthusiastic, and those that rely solely on their charm and good looks. I love reading Jessica’s blogs; I’ve met her a couple of times and found her to be sassy and smart and someone who tells it like it is.
It’s interesting when other people get frustrated to see how it impacts on their writing. Even in a rant there will always be something that gets you thinking. A view that can make you question your own.
And what I’m thinking tonight is that more people need to get back and rediscover why they fell in love with Social Media in the first place.
Connect. Engage. Learn. Share…it’s what makes the platform work.