Posts Tagged 'LinkedIn'

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.

Who Has Time for Social Media?

Okay, I get it. Everybody has a Facebook site now. I’ve already heard it said it’s for “old people”. And LinkedIn is for professionals to use for networking. Twitter is pointing people to blogs and websites on every corner of the globe talking about everything imaginable. A lot of this content is extremely good, some, not so much. There are a lot of very good writers, experts in their fields and gurus tapping away at their keyboards filling us with our insatiable need for information. So who has time for social media? Well right now, unfortunately, I do. And it’s still not enough time to keep up.

I have been spending the better part of the last 2 months in my home office, pushing the limits to what my eyes can take, reading, researching, bookmarking (yeah that looks like an article I need to read let me bookmark it for later) and tweeting. And I’ve done this all  in the pursuit of understanding where and what social media is and where it is headed. And what it holds for me.

Are people spending hours at their desks checking their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn sites? Are they reading their favorite blogs? If so, who’s minding the store? All this content is being pushed around, and I am wondering who is reading it? Well I guess since the unemployment rate is in the 10 percent range, there’s a whole lot of people. Besides me, that is.

When I initially began thinking about this post, the title question was rhetorical. But I guess I really would like to hear some answers. Where do you find time for all this information? Comments?


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