“It’s easy as creative people to believe that we must constantly be original. That we must always be breaking new ground and forging our own path. Yet there’s a wisdom and a freedom to be found when we immerse ourselves in someone else’s creative vision. Other people may have found solutions that we would never have imagined. Other people’s ideas may spark ideas of our own.”—Kirsty Hall, In Praise of Patterns
I feel like i need to defend myself to some point.
The post of mine you were directed to by rodger was written in response to somebody who was being a bit of a jerk to me based on on a hyperbolic/conjectural/not really that true post about Following and unfollowing people, making light of the awkwardness of people you don't want to have following you doing so, like random acquaintances or friends of your mom's etc.
I feel that most people grossly misuse or misunderstand social media, like your blog post about your experiences with TNNA and their twitter account. I see a lot of businesses on there who search for their names or terms related to their business and spam you in the form of fake conversation/personality.
In the case of the person i was address/openly mocking, He was one of those types who's Tumblr also include a link to every random social media outlet you could think of, all of them talking about his presence on the other, etc. There was no actual content. His tumblr was entirely reblogs of other people's posts for days, and his Twitter was entirely comprised of abstracts of his tumblr posts. I get follow requests from these people all the time, and i ignore them. they're a definite source of ire for me, and i think they show you what's wrong with social media.
However, i think social media is incredibly important on the SOCIAL level of it, not the marketing level. User generated content is the rule, as opposed the exception, for the internet now, and social media is an important part of that. It's a good way to keep in touch with people you care about, or people who you think may care about you or what you're doing. Like you said, social media for the sake of social media is pretty dumb, and it's no secret that seeing that irritates me i'm sure. My post was intended to be tongue in cheek (thus the facebook comment at the bottom) and uses a bit of hyperbole (as i am wont to do). I hope you don't think any less of me based on an out-of-context post about my social media misgivings.
Not at all! I was just answering Rodger’s question. Sounds like we agree. Uh, pretty much completely.
So what do you think of this, Kim? I ask as the mutual friend of you and the author.
I disagree. Seems like that’s *his* take on Twitter, which is fine. I actually do pay attention to the people I follow – that’s why I follow them. (I don’t follow everyone who follows me, and I wonder what people who follow 30K others can possibly gain from that.) Whether my followers pay attention to me or not is their choice, and it’s neither one I lose sleep over nor pander to.
Being a “social media” person just for the sake of it is, I think, pretty dumb. But using social media for fun or as a part of business can be rewarding both personally and professionally. You get out what you put in.
That’s what I think, anyway. What do you think?
(PS I don’t get alerts when people unfollow me :) )
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