– this hashtag on Twitter: #itsnotgoingtowork
There’s smart/sassy remarks, pure boasting, cri de coeurs, making political points, social justice calls, promoting the latest hotspot, and shaming of friends/lovers behaving badly. Some of it is funny, some of it is progressive, lots of it is very reactionary, and wow: it’s hard to look away.
A few weeks ago @stephenfry tweeted a link to a page that shows a feed of thumbnails of all the images that are uploaded to Twitter (can I find it?
no yes!) – just watching the parade pass by is mesmerising. This is much the same.
Which sorta ties into a thought I had earlier this morning on the proliferation of social networks after reading this OLO post by Mark Bahnisch on how non-users perceive and often mischaracterise users of social media/networks. For example: I’ve only been active on Twitter for a bit over a month, and I’m not particularly active, especially compared to others I’m following who have a busy social whirl through tweeting. I have a protected account for my closest invisible friends and an open account for comedy/webdev/general politics stuff, and I don’t check my Tweet app every time it pings and sometimes I don’t fire it up until late afternoon or early evening. It’s useful, and often enjoyable, but it’s not essential to me. But what about all the other social media that keep on appearing?
Lots of established bloggers who blog about serious stuff now seem to have a Tumblr account for lighter blogging where they’re not so devoted to meticulously crafting the written word and they can play with their less serious hobbies. Or just to have another site where they are also serious but are perhaps fleshing out thoughts and reactions before putting something up on their main blog. Are multiple blogs/journals/whatever sites a good idea for handling multiple moods online? Or just an aid to fragmentation?
And now I just logged into Disqus to comment on someone’s Tumblr, and Disqus seem to have added a whole heap of features to integrate Disqus and other platforms – is that a good idea? I don’t know. I like my Seesmic desktop app that allows me to post simultaneously to my Facebook account and to multiple Twitter accounts, but do I want another app integrating all that as well? Will it streamline my social networking or will it just be more spreading of its already tangled branches?
How will it these streaming apps work with the privacy settings I’ve only just tweaked to my satisfaction on Facebook using friend-list filters? Is another social network a good way to get away from people who’ve found me on Facebook that I’m not willing to actually block but aren’t that happy about friending either? What to do?
What forms of social media are others using? What do they help you with? Is it just recreational or are there other benefits? What have I missed?