Or, is there such a thing? I guess it depends on your purpose and tolerance I suppose.
Some think I am ‘too much’ because I had my twitter account connected to my LinkedIn account so it was picking up every tweet of mine. My ‘in real life’ LinkedIn friends weren’t used to that kind of traffic and I was dominating their LinkedIn ‘stream.’ They ended up ‘unfollowing’ me, which I can understand because it was just ‘too much.’
The reality is, I am not as socially plugged-in as most in my community. Even though I have over 11,000 tweets, 95% are tweets from my Triberr account or acknowledging someone when they retweet my posts. I’m still ‘not that guy’ who is going to tell you I went to Starbucks today.
Back in the day
Which was only last year; my Facebook and twitter accounts comprised two different sets of people. Facebook were the people I mostly knew in real life, and twitter were all my fantasy land friends in social.
Then they started to blend; the twitter friends turned out to be real and they started to join in my Facebook community as well. The reverse has not been true; I have had very few people come to twitter through my Facebook account.
Facebook is still a little too public for me personally. I am more of a lurker and occasional commentor but rarely ‘post’ anything. However, even though I don’t stay long in Facebook I do like to see what my friends are up to. I’m pretty sure people don’t care if I go to Starbucks on Facebook either.
Are you addicted to social?
Once again, it depends on your ‘purpose’ and what you are trying to achieve; but would you go through withdrawals if you couldn’t post to Facebook everyday?
Also back in the day, I got on this crazy hamster wheel and thought you had to keep up with everything and it drove me crazy seeing all of it just streaming by. When it was new and exciting, it had a certain craziness and fun going on with it.
It’s still fun, but once I decided my niche was going to be more in the writing and commenting, I could turn some of that other noise down. It still gets me anxious at times to see the people I know out there having all this fun without me; but I just take a deep breath and stay true to my plan.
Answer me this:
A little test here, if you had to make a choice which one would you keep, Facebook or twitter? How about, Facebook or blogging?
Have you ever NOT visited or commented at someone’s place because they weren’t popular enough or have a high enough ranking?
Does ‘too much’ social take away someone’s intrigue factor; or if social is your main platform is it to your advantage to be everywhere all.the.time. even if it seems like overkill to the casual observer?
Anybody who has been doing this for any length of time probably knows at this point there is really no right way or wrong way, just your way and what works for you. So what if people think the only life you have is on social because they see you there all.the.time.
Is there a point to any of this?
Not really I suppose; just like anything else, you have to jump in to play and when you don’t it will just pass you by. Sometimes I feel if I don’t play I am missing something, but in reality I’m pretty sure the sun will still come up tomorrow and I won’t have lost out on being the ‘next big thing.’
Oh yeah, in a previous post I recommended two books; by two Gini’s, well Gini D and Jenny Lawson and both books seem to be doing quite well. I’m sure it was my recommendation that put them over the top…….:). Here’s the post….