Social media change… Social media satire edition 36.
Social media is a free spirited and creative beast and that’s why I like it! It’s in a constant state of development and the F word is flux with a capital F! Everything changes and the changes are everything!
Social capital and social influence have been much used phrases just lately and many people are now debating if ‘influence’ can actually be judged at all; it’s pretty subjective isn’t it, given the multitude of social media variables? Is it really wrong or bad to communicate with people with minimal social media influence, should we really be chastised for helping others understand and benefit from social media? Isn’t that kind of behavior social media elitism or worse?
There has been a lot of social media noise recently and much of it came from this blog and my friends and supporters, I’ve never seen so many impassioned comments relating to one single subject. The social media community is pretty miffed; basically, we’re feeling cheated and used and we don’t like it!
If the social media community’s feeling the roller-coaster bumps of change, imagine how the traditional marketing mediums are feeling right now! They must be more than nauseous!
Anyone with a computer or a mobile phone knows that Yellow Pages has gone the way of the Dodo and that TV advertising and print advertising are on the way out. Social media is no longer something new that might catch on; however, some businesses are still as yet to really appreciate the changes that are happening right now.
However, Google business pages might help change that and finally they are here!
Have I got one? No, not yet. (Gasp!!) I’d like to see a few people’s mistakes before I commit myself, I’m still annoyed that I put a lot of effort into my old Facebook business page and it became obsolete. I still can’t believe that Facebook made it impossible for me to change my business name, businesses change their names all the time, right? That’s a schoolboy mistake Mr Zuckerberg!
I’d love some comments on the Google business pages, I am studying Google and will continue to do so as the opportunity arises, but I’d love to hear your opinions please!! The real proof will be in the Google pudding.
I’ll be the 1st to admit that I don’t spend as much time on Google+ as I expected to, however, I do like it and I’m pleased it’s continuing to develop! Do let me know what you think.
Seth Godin is a phenomenon, a great man and I love to read his words, he says a lot of good stuff and he creates change.
Have you tried Squidoo though? It kind of sucks, it takes ages to load anything and the whole process is unnecessarily complicated and the end result is anticlimactic and dull . I can load content onto Tumblr in 3 seconds, Posterous takes just a little longer and the results are great!
So maybe we shouldn’t all freak out if something we’ve grown and developed with doesn’t turn out to be the product we were expecting or hoping for. (Isn’t hindsight wonderful?) If something else comes along and replaces what we’ve grown to love, trust and cherish we shouldn’t get too emotional, we must learn to accept change in social media because it’s organic and like language and music and art, ever changing.
We must be careful though, we must make sure we don’t get tricked or cheated, we must not give ourselves so freely to people who may have ulterior motifs, whether it be idealistic, financial or political, we can’t just blindly go with the social media flow.
What do you think about all the social media changes we’ve seen this year and what are you expecting for 2012? Let me know, if you’re planning something exciting tell me and maybe I’ll write about it or interview you.
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