I’m really kind of new to this social media thing so sometimes I wonder if I have the rules straight. And there are as many rules are there are media. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, and many more that I don’t even know about. What’s a guy to do?
I climbed on this crazy merry-go-round in 2009 when I attended my 40th High School Reunion. I got reacquainted with lots of folks I hadn’t seen in 4 decades and wanted to make sure I didn’t lose touch again. Several of my old dear friends told me about Facebook so I agreed to give it a try. And it’s been great! I’ve been able to maintain contact with lots of my relatives and friends on a consistent basis, much more so than before.
When I heard about Twitter I was very skeptical. At work one of my older co-workers and I made fun of people using twitter. “I am sitting at my desk” went through the e-mails quite often when one of us needed a chuckle. My friend and fellow photographer, Bret Edge, put a link to his Twitter files on his blog page and I started reading some of the tweets. After a while I decided to give it a try. And it stuck.
Lately I’ve been working with a newcomer to the social media world called Google+. A lot of my photographer friends use G+ to display their work and I’ve come across the work of many other photographers there. It’s a terrific resource and I’m glad I got onto it.
But how and why do I continue to use these forms of media? Well here’s the bumper sticker version:
Facebook-This is where I socialize. I keep up with friends and family here more than anywhere else. I also post images here since it’s the quickest and easiest place to post and let folks know what I’m doing and what I’ve been shooting. I have even been known to play some games (Words with Friends) here. This is my social outlet.
Twitter-I use Twitter to keep up with the photographic communities. Twitter is just a quick hitter with 140 characters maximum per message. But I also post links to images that I post on the web and blog posts too.
Google+-This media is exclusively for photography. The only things I currently do with G+ is view other photographers’ work and display some of my images. I have several people in my “circles” here that are also friends on Facebook but as I said, G+ is exclusively for photography for me. Lately I’ve had to bounce some folks out of my circles for posting non-photographic stuff. Once in a while is okay but someone posting absolutely nothing photography related is gone. Please don’t hold it against me…it’s a character flaw of mine.
One thing bothers me though. And it may be related to what I just referred to regarding non-photographic posts. It seems that some folks, mostly on Twitter and G+, put more emphasis on how many followers they have than on what content they post. I guess that’s something I don’t understand. Granted, I sometimes post some nonsense but usually because I’m going for a cheap laugh. While I’d like for everyone to find what I have to say entertaining, frankly, I don’t really care if I have 25,000 followers or 25.
So there you have it. That’s how I feel about social media, and the ones I use. And for now, “I’m typing on my laptop.”