This is my first attempt at a video blog post. I’d appreciate any tips from those who have vlogged more often on how I can improve.
(This is cross-posted on my About Me page.)
I’m on a lot of social networks. And I enjoy keeping up with my online and offline friends on all of them. Building and interacting with a community each day is a lot of fun.
But lately, some of them just haven’t been as engaging or have suffered problems that set them back. And that’s led me to wonder: Are some social networks stagnating?
Foursquare: This social network erupted earlier this year as a lot of Twitter users flocked to incorporate the location-based application. It was used heavily by users to see where their friends are, see where the happening place is on a given night, and earn badges. But I think a lot of users are going through what I am, too: Not a full withdrawal from it, but a huge dropoff in check-ins. I check in to places where I’m the mayor, where I’m close to being the mayor and where I’ve never been before.
Twitter: It’s no secret that this social platform is quite popular, and growing quite rapidly. And, as a art enthusiast, I enjoy looking at the famed Fail Whale. But it’s been happening too often lately. It seems that the user base is growing — with no sign of stopping — at a rate faster than the company can handle. Even Mashable has questioned whether the company can scale up with its increasing userbase.
How to solve it? Unknown. I’ve read a lot about whether people think Twitter is scalable. But with the rollout of promoted tweets through Twitter’s API, perhaps this is the beginning?
Facebook: Well, I think we all know about this. But the main issue here for me is the terms of service. As Jim Raffel pointed out in his #MKELikemind discussion, how many times has the company changed its terms of service in the past year?
How to solve it? Up for discussion. For me, I tolerate it, only because a lot of contacts I want to keep in touch with are connected with me only on Facebook. That’s what makes this social network more important than others: Its user base is far greater, and growing all the time.
To me, those are the big three. But I’m also on a lot of other social networks and have begun to explore them. Perhaps I’ll soon come across those stagnating as well. Are there other social networks you think are stagnating?
This is such an interesting question. And, to be honest, one I never thought about. But after @kammerait posted this, I started thinking about it.
Recently at work I helped a couple of coworkers start personal and professional Twitter accounts. And as I was helping them do so, I could tell they had very little knowledge about Twitter. But, thinking back a year to when I decided to step aboard the Twitter train, I realized I was in their position.
And I know that as I’ve grown as a Twitter user, I’ve grown as a social media news consumer. And my coworkers are in the spot now that I was a year ago. And I think they’ll eventually learn more and their knowledge base will expand.
I think what’s more likely happening is that there are just more social media newcomers than there are social media veterans. And as the waves of newcomers continue to absorb into the social media stream, they’ll learn and hear it again and again.
What do you think of the social media divide?
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