Chris Brogan has given me permission to choose the social media tools that work for ME and I have to say it's a relief. I've been feeling guilty about not being able to get into these:
- Twitter--sorry Britt, Bud and Jeff, you had me convinced to give Twitter a shot, but it never quite did it for me. For one thing, I have online ADD and to get anything from Twitter it seems like I need to have it running all the time. The last thing I need is constant opportunities to stop focusing on the task at hand to check out random articles and videos. Although great info, they were getting in the way of me actually getting anything accomplished. Plus I never got the hang of sharing my own tweets. It always felt like I was throwing random facts and thoughts into the void, usually with no response. It was like talking to myself in front of hundreds of people and I always had a feeling that they were looking at me strangely.
- Google Reader--Sue Waters made it clear that I'm a social media loser if I don't do Google Reader and I know all the great reasons why I should like it, but there's something about the interface that overwhelms me and doesn't work with my brain. Give me my little Netvibes boxes to reduce the visual clutter. Plus, if I don't click on a tab in Netvibes I don't have to know how far behind I am in my reading. Every time I opened up Google Reader my heart sank at the 1000+ unread posts.
- FriendFeed--speaking of visual clutter, FriendFeed is another one that feels like a vast tsunami of information washing over my brain. I know that Sarah Perez says that "lifestreaming" may replace blogging, but honestly, I need some context for what I'm reading and FriendFeed doesn't seem to do that for me. My eyes just blip right over random collections of del.icio.us tags, Tweets and Facebook updates.
- Facebook--I have an account. I go on once every few weeks or so, but as a daily companion or portal to my online life, Facebook is a failure for me. This is incredibly ironic, given the popularity of this post. I may try to continue to find the love, but it's not a priority for me right now.
You may think less of me now for my confession, but I'm one who believes that confession is good for the soul. I'm feeling a little lighter now, happy to have shared with you my dirty little social media secrets. Thanks to Chris for inviting me to be OK with letting some of these go.
Maybe you'll be willing to share the apps that you've tried to love but can't--let me know in comments or feel free to write a post and send me a link. I'd love to know that I'm not alone here.