Archive for February, 2010

In Search of Thoughtful Media

Last week while up in Northwestern Maine without a computer, I still got up to the minute “news” via my phone. For days after Kevin Smith ranted on his Twitter site about his experience at the hands of Southwest Airlines the twittersphere was inundated with everyone’s instant opinions on the matter. Links, blog posts and videos instantly spreading the story. And over that period the story kept changing.

These are the times we live in. But in a world where traditional broadcast media’s 24/7 isn’t immediate enough, do we want to model this medium in the same way? Is the need to be first in social media trumping the need to be thoughtful?

Sure, newspapers and networks have adopted the mea culpa fallback when things go awry. But usually, a well researched and thoughtful analysis of information prior to broadcasting is more beneficial for everyone. It builds trust through reliability. In our businesses, we don’t just shout out loud or repeat every idea or message to everyone within hearing distance. At home we are sure to get the whole story (both sides) before meting discipline. So why the rush?

In the end, if one steps back and considers the issue, researches the sources and takes a deep breath, many times, their contribution will be of more value. Sometimes the best way to receiving recognition is by not being the first to seek it. Think about that.

TMI, Too Busy or Just Distraction

With the introduction of Google’s Buzz application this week, I have been thrown for a loop. Not because of the inherent implications of yet another social media channel but more so by the broader effect on the mediums’ consumers as relates to overload.

It’s obvious to anyone who is reading this blog post, that I have not put my thoughts down on this blog in over 8 months. What have I been doing? Well in a word, reading. Reading all sorts of material by others. It’s a very convenient excuse to just explain it away as, “I’m too busy to write”. And at times, this may be true. But might there be just too much information out there? How can we keep up with it?

Just in the realm of the social media world alone there are over 119M blog page results listed on Google. Add to that Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, Linked In updates and whatever news media you regularly check, and it is a daunting enterprise to keep “current”. As I have been “re-branding” myself over the past 10 months, I have found loads of great information, made innumerable new contacts and even landed a few interviews, all with the help of these social media channels. I have learned much about the dos and don’ts of social media interaction. I have seen a very healthy growth in the number of “old school” print people dipping their toes into the future. And I know that for me, there is no turning back.

I love the conversations and the communities that are being formed. I am witnessing an incredible sense of knowledge sharing. And when we share what we are passionate about with those who are interested, everyone benefits. I am going to strive to keep up. Maybe I can cut down the number of blogs I read about blogging. That should give me more time.


As Bill Tweets

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