Social Media – What’s the Point?

Overload Alert

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree?

Social media, I don’t get it.

Make a phone call, hang up, and get back to work.
Receive email, answer email, and get back to work.

The opinion of Hollywood stars or the hordes of comments on a political topic are useless distractions to actual personal interactions hindered by the false environment of social media.

I attended a speaking event where the presenter pushed for the need to be on a specific media outlet. I joined out of curiosity. Two years later, I’m still not convinced.

Tweet, chirp, #burp, post updates to the world with glib platitudes for all to see.
“Like” your own posts to falsely increase the ranking–whatever.

Emails or comments posted like this annoy me:

Hi, I’m so-and-so from LMNOPQ Corporation,

Do you need….? blah, blah, blah…

We can do it! 

You can reach me on Facebook, Linkedin, Skype, Twitter, Reddit, Google+, or (least preferred) old fashioned email. 


Generic Internet Marketer

My response to contacts like this would be “No, thank you” no matter how many friend requests you send.

Social media sites encourage us to update our profiles, recommend others, continually add more people to our network, or otherwise click links and show how actively we use their portal. In the main, it’s meaningless chatter, an endless stream of useless snippets of drivel.

How does this connect us to one another?
How does this lead to fostering trust strong enough to entertain doing business with each other?

So what if I voted on a two-column versus one-column blog layout survey and you “liked” my post?
Is that going to translate into commerce between us? Probably not.

I’m no Luddite or technophobe but after putting in a full workday at the office computer, I unplug.
The computer gets shut down, the cell phone gets turned off for recharge, and genuine human face-to-face interaction begins with family and friends.

Later, I log on at home to blog and read other’s postings. 🙂

P.S. I’m so glad I have this blog to vent such things to the world.

Oops! Does that mean I’m part of the problem now?

Stranger Emails

Greetings, Stranger

You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next?

I sipped my morning coffee, letting the aroma waft into my nostrils and clicked the next unread email. The traffic had grown since I’d begun actively blogging. The regular postings floated me higher in the search engine hits and resulted in more attention than expected. Daily emails from sites like LinkedIn and Facebook showed the increased interest. Spam filters catch the more blatant broadcasts, but some still come through.

It had started innocently enough. I’d joined a couple social media outlets at first to monitor my kids’ traffic. Protective dad mode led to other clicks and before realizing how far I’d gone, I was blogging. Followers joined and eagerly (I hope) anticipate the next posting like Saturday morning buttermilk waffles and maple syrup.

The latest batch arrived shortly after making the mistake (?) of accepting more invitations.

I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.


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