From a recent conversation…
Me:”Did I tell you Amber (youngest daughter) is at an AP teacher’s conference this week?”
Smarter Person: (my wife) “I saw.”
Me: “She sent me a DM.”
Smarter Person: “I’ve been following her tweets. Did you see the facebook photos?”
Me: “No, but mom did. She sent me an email telling me how much she enjoyed seeing the kids on facebook.”
Smarter Person: “Did you add skype with the grandkids to your calendar?”
Me: “No… I forgot. When is that?
Smarter Person: “It’s this afternoon.”
Me: “Thanks. BTW—I posted the video from our last visit on YouTube. Was I supposed to upload the photos on flickr?”
Smarter Person: Yep, it’s on THE list, dude.”
Me: “Are we going to the store? Dad sent me a groceries list.”
Smarter Person: “As soon as I finish this Linkedin recommendation.”
My wife and family use social media. It’s part of our lives, and it’s how we communicate.
I love social media. I’m addicted to it, but I have a question: when is enough… ENOUGH?
How many networks do we need?
How many networks will we use? Are networks becoming commoditized?
I belong to a small, informal group we call a “friendup.” Our mission is to look for ways to help each other, while having a couple beers. I posted the time and location of the next friendup meeting on our posterous group page, and waited… and waited.
I’m old-fashioned. I like to know what’s going on, and as marvelous as posterous is, I still don’t know what’s going on. I’m not certain who’s attending. It’s not posterous—it’s how it’s being used—or NOT being used. In the good ole’ days, when email was pretty much it, I usually knew. Folks usually responded to emails back then.
As much as social media is changing relationships, communication, and the world in a positive manner—is there a tipping point?
Will there be a time when the scale becomes unbalanced?
Will survival of the fittest network (is that a new reality show?) whittle social media down to a smaller number of networks?
Will there be more networks, but in specialized niches?
Will an existing network become the next Myspace?
I don’t have the answers, do you?
I’ve got to go now and figure out what the Goggle+ Circles thingy I’ve been invited to is. Anyone know if there’s a dress code?
Randy Clark is the Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, where he blogs for TKO Graphix Brandwire. He is an avid flower gardener, beer geek, and he fronts the Under the Radar rock & roll band http://bit.ly/9mJ59m Randy is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.
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