Since the launch of Google Plus I have been hearing is it the FaceBook Killer or is it the Twitter Killer. For the last few years I have been hearing My Space is dead. Not sure that I agree with any of these.
I will list the Social Media sites I use regularly and what I use them for.
Finding old school friends, old work friends and seeing what they have been up too and keeping up with them. Seeing what current friends are up too. Keeping up with some of my social media friends who have retreated to being FaceBook only for various reasons. Keeping up a FaceBook page for the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association. Playing social cooperative games with the friends listed above. Having my own page so old and current friends can find me. It’s a place where I can quickly post some of the things going on in my life. The persons home page does allow for a lot of information on them if you have friended them. In many cases if I am not already a friend I can not tell if this is the person I knew back in High School or not. If I am not 95% or more sure that it is the person I know, I do not send a request. It’s about 30% games which counts as social, 50% keeping up with friends, 15% getting/sharing news, and 5% Birthday reminders. Using it lots over the course of a day.
I follow some of my other social media friends on Twitter but for the most part it is 80 % getting or sharing Tech news or talking about the Tech news/issues, 15% getting or sharing non-tech news, and 5% real social interatcion with “friends”. I am following 802 and have 285 followers as I write this in mid August 2011. I can not really follow my Twitter stream, I look in at snapshots of it from time to time and respond, post, retweet… from time to time. Very diffcult to have a real 1 to 1 converstion or to have a group exchange on twitter. The persons “home” page does not allow for much information on them. Post a lot over the course of a day. Use Flipboard to read my stream more than I use any twitter client or the site. Not seeing Pics in the tweets is not so good. The 140 limit can be a pain at times.
I follow some of my other social media friends on G+ but for the most part it is 70% getting news or sharing news or talking about the news/issues and 30% real social interatcion with “friends”. The personal page has more info on it, but at this time I am not trying to figure out if I went to school with you. Just got the games tab today, other than Angry Birds none of the games grab me. I play Angry Birds on all my Apple devices so do not see me playing AB on G+ other than to see how well it plays. Comments staying with the original post is a good idea, it allows for some conversation. Need the ability to collapse the comments some how to clean up the stream. Looking forward to seeing what Google does with G+. Check in a number of times durning the course of a day. The ability to see photos as part of the post is great. Not sure what the upper limit on a post size is. Real Name vs Handle/Other Name is an issue that Google needs to address. I like to use TJCS63 as it is unique, google it. If you Google Terry Sanderson, if I am doing well I might make the 2nd page result. Many Tech reporters/pundits use nickname/handle to make finding them easier.
Following a some music acts (groups and/or singers) and festivals. I check in once every couple of weeks. I am hopping for a revamp of this site and some new user. Still where I can find more information on less main stream acts. Still there are a lot of users on the site. Is it viable, do not know as I do not have the finance numbers, but I am guessing it is in trouble.
This is my goto social media site. The site is can look a little weird, but that is part of the charm. I love the time line set up I can go back to the start of my Plurking. I love the way you can see the post, and the number of responses to a post but you do not see the responses to a pose unless you open the post. Posts you have not read are easy to find. You can have thumbnail photo in your post that can clicked on to increase the size. For me it’s about 85% social interaction and 15% getting and sharing news. The personal “home” page does not have much info but I am not looking to connect to old school friends here. Every friend on Plurk I was met via Social Media (mostly on Plurk), and have gone on to meet some of the In Real Life as weird as that sounds. I hope to meet many more Plurkers over time as I travel and they travel. I have Plurk friends on around the world, missing only Antarctica and South America. I leave my Plurk timeline up and running in a browser tab at home as long as my computer is on. I got more real local information on the Arab Spring from Plurk than any other source. A friend was in one of the counties and was keeping us up to date , and relaying information for other countries too. I have meet a lot of interesting people on Plurk. Over the last year a number of friends have left Plurk to focus more on FaceBook or Twitter or G+. I understand why have moved and do my best to keep in touch with them. For me the interaction on Plurk is something that I enjoy. I hope Plurk keeps going and more join it.
I use it mostly to keep up with former coworkers and or customers/suppliers. I check in once a week, unless I get a direct message. Some do not show much information on their “home” page so it is hard to tell if it is there “Bob Smith” I worked dealt with at company “X” 20 years ago. Again if I am not 95% or better sure that it is the person I knew I do not try to link.
A Canadian based open source project. I use it 95% getting/sharing news 5% social. It use to be where the Plurkers went when Plurk was down. I am in and out with this site. I Post do a quick check to see what has been posted in the last little bit and leave.
I use it more an aggregation site than a social site but, my page is set up to pull from a number of my social sites. I use it to follow someone who use to be on Plurk but moved to Soup.Io and Twitter. She posts some amazing images some are NSFW.
It’s a photo site you say… yes but it is also social too. I am guilty of not posting as much as I should. But I love looking at my friends work. My friends range from some one I worked with 15 years ago to Plurk friends (Don W., Rantz/Charles and Allan S. are 3 who I met via Plurk who Photo’s rock) to those who saw one of my photo’s on the Flickr stream and like them to those who’s photo’s I saw and loved. I also follow a number of Pro Photographers too. I need to spend more time on my Photography.
I play around on foursquare, you can find me there as TJCS63
Your are and reading it…. I stopped bloging for a while for a number of reasons. I have decided that I still need a long form way to express myself. So I am back on WordPress.
There are links to most of my social sites above, not sure how well they will all work.
Right now G+ has the focus of the those who are on the Bleeding Edge Of Tech, so it is growing quickly. It growing quicker that any other social site before for a number of reasons, one of them is we know what a social site is now and like using them.
Is G+ going to kill FaceBook or Twitter? Maybe, but right now it kind of sit’s between them for my use cases. To me it is an other tool to connect to friends with and to learn thing via and to share things via. It is posable that all three can be viable businesses. I hope so as the each currently scratch a different itch for me.
The end result may be FaceBook is the home for Non Tech’s, G+ for Tech’s, Twitter for firing you thoughts out to the world. It will be interesting to see how this plays out of the next few months/years….
I try out most new social sites if for no other reason than to grab my handle TJCS63 and/or Terry Sanderson. This is so if I like the site I can be me on it or if the site takes off later I can come back and still have one of my handles.
Then one down side to being on this many sites it that there are a number of friends who are also on many of these sites and I worry about over loading them some times. Do they really want to see the more or less the same post from me on 4 or 5 sites? Sorry but while there is some over lap there is not that much.