Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Twitters, Diggs, Pliggs and Plurks???

We all aware how quickly the internet changes, I am amazed at how extremely fickle the nature of its movement. The catch cry of social networking and social book marking is a whole new world that continues to grow at such a rate it is blinding. There are those amongst us who remember the old BBS days and sometimes wonder what is new here and then you stop, look and understand.

We all agree that the internet is here and it is a great place to find information, but the thing that is not being understood is the need to make one’s information attractive enough to actually hold and audience long enough to ensure that the message is being heard.

The heading to this article is probably well known to a lot of readers in this space, but how do we get the message out to the broader community.Traditional media is understanding the shift and that has good and bad points about it as well. To just try and put traditional media online is boring and in fact shows a very significant misunderstanding of what this space is about.

Again, to the uninitiated all of the above has a certain “snake oil” ring to the value of each of the services that attach to these weird and wonderful names. So when in the presence of “snake oil” enter the “Snake oil” seller.

My frustration at the moment is that the opportunity for the opportunist to arrive in this space is very high and does little more than bring the reputable advisers and information providers into disrepute. The saying "Caveat Emptor" - let the buyer beware is never more real than the online world. Lot's of scaremongering goes on about the Internet that also has good and bad points about it.

Enter social networking this is a space that allows people to gain confidence in the people who now are in this space. It allows people to get to know each other and what we do in our lives. Virtual Coffee meetings and drinks meetings that build a sense of trust in what the community has to offer. Our presentation on line will quickly identify the character of the person at the other end of the keyboard.

I have entered this space pretty much as (an older) new boy on the block and am enjoying the sense of community that the medium allows. I have made friends from all walks of life across every continent in the world. Once having entered that community, like any community it sets up its own rules and protocols and if you learn these quickly the community is very accepting and understanding of the learning curve. At times quick to scold and teach but in a manner of understanding that new people enter the space by the minute.

The delivery mechanism is live and instant and the results are rewarding however transgress, fail to participate in an appropriate manner then the consequences can be quite dire.

Those who think that it is a space just to advertise without joining in will find quickly that it will be frowned upon and the negative can be quite brutal. By all means share your purpose in life, share your information but do so understanding the "quid pro quo" here depends on how you play in the social networking world.

I love this world and am enjoying every minute of it even though some of my off line friends look at me as though I am completely insane when I sing the praises of the web world.


Anonymous said...

The heading sounds like you are on the way home from the pub :)
Seriously though good blog and it is necessary to learn the netiquette peculiar to each social networking medium. Even though they are all similar in nature each has its own idiosyncrasies.

Murfomurf said...

I'm finding the online community a great connection with the rest of the world now I don't work much. There are people from all over- and they are not weirdos or whatever some of my RL [Real Life] friends think. I'm not a journaling or social commentary blogger, but like the connectedness of something like Plurk. It's a fine line between expressing yourself and holding your tongue online and, like many others, I make my own mistakes. However, I feel happy with my participation and hope the community around me continues to thrive.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you and I and people like us have this opportunity to make new friends! :)

JimBob51 said...

David, It is what makes it work so well. Thank you for the comment and the friendship.

Don White said...

I agree. The new social networking services such as Plurk and Twitter allow you to identify the spammers and "snake oil" salesmen very quickly. These are the ones that simply leave a plurk or a tweet and don't become involved in the on-going day-to-day conversations and tomfoolery. They'll leave a link to the great things they can offer you like making you're first million $ on line if you only follow their "FREE" techniques, but if you want to fast track it, it only cost you....!

Like you, JimBob, I've come to look forward to my daily interaction with friends and acquaintances that I've made around the globe - the virtual coffee meetings and pub crawls - as well as the serious conversation that take place. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep the spammers at bay in this virtual environment we enjoy so much.

JimBob51 said...

I think older guys like us actually are contributing well. I love watching the ejection process of the spammers.

Melissa Donovan said...

I love this space too, and I'm with you on the snake oil sites. They really are the underbelly of the Internet. I think that in good time, they'll get cordoned off and become sort of a red light district, but for now, we just have to navigate around them.

Melissa Donovan