I mentioned the other day on Twitter that I was spread out across too many social networks. I have Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, the blog, a Ning I’m participating in. It’s all too much. But each of those networks is a slightly different audience, so I feel compelled to participate. There are things I like about each of them (except Facebook; its redeeming qualities diminish every day). I used to have a fairly nice setup where I’d read blogs mostly, and then I’d check in with Twitter a couple of times. And then I had Facebook sending me email when I was really needed there.
Also, I’ve been doing this social media thing for almost 10 years. Some of my tools are aging. Delicious has been purchased and revamped into a nearly unrecognizable form. My RSS feeds from there that fed to various resources pages is no longer working. I’m waiting for a fix. And I moved my blog over here when Haloscan quit working (ah, Haloscan). Aside from the technical changes, there’s also the shift in culture. Does anyone besides Alan Levine blog anymore? Even Laura at 11D hasn’t been an every day sure thing. All the action is happening elsewhere. Some are claiming it’s going to Google Plus. I think most people are still in Twitter. And therein lies my problem. Not all my Twitter people are posting regularly to Google Plus yet, so I still have to check there anyway. But most of my Google Plus people are still on Twitter. Only my old high school friends are on Facebook. And they’re just not on my priority list.
And then there’s the question of where to post myself. I like the longer form of the blog, but most people prefer shorter snippets, which all the other social media out there offer. I do post links to both Twitter and Google Plus. And I love the way I can share things from my Android easily (much more easily than via my laptop–go figure). But much of what I want to share requires more typing than Twitter or even maybe Google Plus. I guess I’m trying to figure out what the best bang for my buck is. I have a hard time imagining “blogging” over on Google Plus. I guess that’s how journalists felt (feel?) about blogs. I’m Internet old.
Here’s a cute video that gets at my dilemma: