I’ve seen a few interesting posts on blogs and on Twitter complaining about how social media and especially Twitter is filled with rubbish and is stupid, that the whole social media storm is going to implode on itself (it won’t. It will just settle into a set of normalised patterns). There are also some who complain that the aggregators I talked about yesterday are just spam or just a waste of time
But for those of us who like to consume news in bite sized, or should it be byte sized chunks, feel Twitter is ideal for them. The sheer volume of social media messages, and the ability to cause an incredible impact.
Jon’s post today has a staggering set of statistics about the number of Google searches, YouTube views and news articles about the woman who callously put a cat in a wheelie bin. An explosion of indignation about this dreadful act of cruelty to a friendly animal.
This story exploded within a few hours and is another example of the incredible outreach of a media story. Remember the buzz that was created the other week by the girl who “quit her job” – and who now finds herself very much in the spotlight and the subject of a lot of attention.
With so much information flying around, and more and more companies wanting to know how to properly engage on Twitter and other social networking sites, being part of the conversation is more and more important.
Managing your time, managing your feeds and managing your information will become more and more important as we use more mechanisms to communicate with our connections without becoming addicted.
Like it or not, Twitter and Facebook have become part of the fabric of our lives. We now need to learn how to manage them effectively so that they complement and not consume our lives.