The Joys of Social Media

June 27, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Its seemingly impossible to escape social media in this day and age and it offers a great way for people like me to get our content out there on “the cheap” so to speak.  Whilst I’m sure some soldier on either oblivious to the likes of Facebook and Twitter or perhaps ignoring them and wearing that as some sort of badge of honour.  Perhaps gaining bragging rights among whatever social circle gets to hear about how they are flying against these new fangled modern trends.  Telling anyone who’ll listen that they live in a world devoid of the knowledge of what their friends, cousins, wife had for tea last night after she’d sent you a “friend” request having sat next to you at said friends wedding several years ago and are enjoying life all the more in the absence of this knowledge!

For those of us who’ve decided that not to embrace the opportunities offered by the ever growing forms of social media would represent a missed opportunity the question lurks in the back of our, well certainly mine, were do I draw the line?

There’s the obvious such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr – all shameless plugs, but that seems to be the name of the game!

If you’re a returning visitor you may have noticed the shiny new icons to the right of this post, we’re a simple click away from “connecting” or whatever our social paymasters call it these days!  Or perhaps you’ll notice the sharing buttons at the foot of this post allowing you to share/inform/bore the pants of people in your social network with next to no effort at all.

I do however feel the need to explain, my beloved Canon 70-200mm is in the repair shop this week after developing what can only be described as a “wobble” on the focusing ring so I’ve not been out and about this weekend taking photographs, clearly having time to insert various social network icons on your site is a clear indication your lacking better alternatives of things to do with your time!  Or perhaps it’s the guilt that whilst I’m not out shooting perhaps I should be scouring the site looking to make every improvement I can no matter how small.  Or perhaps I’ve wasted a couple of hours of my weekend that would have been better spent tending to the garden!

I think for me, for now, a line has been drawn, I’ll attempt to carry on blogging as my new best friend Google Analytics (more on that in another post!) tells me it’s a great way to drive traffic to the site.  But other than twitter and facebook I’m not seeing much benefit in peddling the same content to possibly the same people looking at it multiple times, although I have started to play more with Instragram on the iPhone………..

However bebo, path, myspace, color, foursquare, google+ etc.  for now I can’t see why I’d need you or how we’d get on, sorry about that!  Unless of course I’m missing the “next big thing”, if you think I am get in touch and I’ll be right on it……………………!!!

Cheers

Marc


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