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There’s a drumming inside my head …and it’s social media

I have just returned from just under three weeks away.  I had a great time travelling around the States.  And as I always do when I am on holiday, I take my blackberry but I turn off data roaming. No e-mail, no Twitter, no Facebook…. and definitely no logging on to free wifi ..nothing.  And it was soooo liberating.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am a huge fan of social media and you’ll regularly find me tweeting away, ‘working’ LinkedIn and checking in on Foursquare.  But just recently I have begun to think about all the ‘noise’ and how incredibly disciplined you have to be. If I log onto Twitter, there are so many genuinely interesting articles/links that people are sharing that are relevant to my world that I could spend literally all day reading them.  I get weekly LinkedIn group updates in my in box – sometimes I just have to grit my teeth and ignore them – and then stress in case I have missed anything  important. And, because we are in the PR business and need to keep abreast of all new developments, I have also been playing around with Google +.

So now I have the drumming back inside my head – what have I missed, what have I missed, what have I missed.

I think it’s time to go and have a drink and try to forget. But obviously I’ll check in on Foursquare in case you want to join me 🙂


2 thoughts on “There’s a drumming inside my head …and it’s social media”

  1. I think the answer is, you haven’t actually missed anything. I too was away in August and didn’t once check into Twitter (I cannot abide Facebook but that’s another story). Indeed, I only checked my email once, and, faced with over 200 messages in my inbox, quickly scanned through, saw there was nothing pressing and forgot about it for the duration.

    To me, the furore about social media is way overblown Yes, it has its benefits business wise, but I am not as excited about it as many who swear it’s the best thing since sliced bread, will be the death of the job boards and is destined to change the world forever, because I have already been there, done it back in 1999 when BBS forums and messengers were all the rage. We had meet ups, we laughed at each others silly user names, we discussed everything under the sun online. It was new and novel. I even got a bit of business out of it. But, the fact of the matter is that, although things have advanced from back then and as clever as it is, there isn’t enough time in the day to cover all bases. Some dip in and out of Facebook (grrrr) others prefer Twitter, some use other social networks that I can’t even be bothered to investigate. They are merely the modern day equivalent of the BBS and the Messenger for most, with some excitable early adopters, many of whom maybe weren’t using BBS’s or Messengers a decade ago, trying to convince the rest of us how exciting and revolutionary they are.

    1. I think you’re right – I haven’t really missed anything. But I have to admit to coming back to work unaware that Steve Jobs had resigned! And you are right about not having enough time in the day. But..we are media relations advisers – and social media is one of those channels we have to know about and use because our clients are interested. And now I really am going to the pub:)

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