Are we entering an age where capturing the highlights of our lives has taken precedence over actually enjoying those very same moments?
Our culture seems to be experiencing an overdose of social media. There is a way to maintain balance, if done right, can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends or network for your business. In other cases, it becomes a sort of obsession. Personally, I’m beginning to feel tired of all the distractions from every day life. See my previous post, Generation me.
- Easy to make new contacts and extend your social circle beyond your friends.
- Simple user interface.
- Highly interactive. Allows you to communicate directly with your customers and address their comments or concerns.
- “tweets,” enjoyed by your followers are often rebroadcast as re-tweets.
- You can search all posts on Twitter for key words relevant to your business.
- Twitter users are usually open to making connections with people they don’t know.
- Tweets are a moment in time, then lost in a user’s Twitter feed.
- Can only post links to one photo at a time.
- Limited to 140 characters.
- Direct messages can only be sent to one user at a time.
- Can’t post videos, but can add links to YouTube videos.
- You are unsure of how much your tweets are being read.
- Photo albums and older posts remain on your wall long after initially made.
- Not limited to 140 characters for status updates. Can be as wordy as you wish.
- Can send a direct Facebook mail to all of your fans at once.
- Can add videos to your page.
- Facebook provides detailed insights on the users of your Page.
- Difficult to attract new fans. Requires the fan to initiate contact.
- Can be difficult to get fan interaction on your Pages.
- Although fans can “share” your posts, it doesn’t occur as freely.
- Cannot search Facebook users’ posts. Facebook users tend to be looking to make connections with people or groups they already know.
Overall, my impression of Twitter was right in some ways, wrong in others. Sure, it is yet another way to procrastinate, making the hours fly by without getting work done, and massage your own ego. But it’s also a brilliant channel for breaking news and attaining one step of separation from public figures you admire. No other communications channel can match its capacity for real-time, person-to-person broadcasting. Will I get a Twitter? Probably not. But hey, it’s not for everyone.
We as humans crave acceptance from our peers. After physical needs of food, shelter, water are fulfilled, our esteem needs — social recognition, personal worth, and accomplishment — become critical to our perceptions of happiness. What better way to feel wanted than to log on and see scores of new likes, uplifting comments, and notifications? Next time you find yourself in the middle of a moment, I challenge you to live it, and leave your phone in your pocket.
So stop documenting and start experiencing!
Do you agree, disagree? Weigh in, I wanna hear from you!