SM is like high school!

I’m in a foul mood. Not for the whole day. Just now. Now! So, the bitchy bitch is in da house.

This post is potentially offensive but do I care? No, I don’t give a damn.

Sometimes, social media (using the term rather loosely here) platform is like high school. There’s the exclusive club (with all the cheerleaders) and then there’s the others. How mature.

And the people who are in the exclusive club are people who are always going on and on about how social media is all about breaking down barriers, connecting people, adding value and basically, bring world peace. Haa. My very flat ass is laughing here. Been ironic, much?

There they are going on and on about how social media is the be all and end all (or whatever that phrase is) and there they are building up the freaking barriers, forming their little exclusive club and probably thinking that SM is really about what they have said. Probably telling themselves that, “Yes! SM is about connecting people! Look at these new friends I have made! They are like me!Look at my followers!”. Freaks.

If you observe Plurk or Twitter, you will realized that there’s these few people who do not comment on posts that is not posted by their friends. Why?! Why?! Is it because they are always meepok posts? Posts about mundane stuff? Whine-like posts?

NO! NO! NO!

Conversely, when one of the members of the exclusive group writes a post, these few people will flood to comment, have their own private jokes and generally, behave like it’s the best post in the world! When in actual fact, these people may just be writing a meepok-pok (i.e. very meepok) post like, “My nail broke!”.

Like seriously? What’s going here? Double standards? Exclusive club? Dis-connecting people?

I don’t know. I really don’t know how to describe the exact situation to you. How frustrated I feel.

Sometimes, I hate Plurksville, Twitterville and all forms of SM so much that I just want to shut them out.

But sometimes, it provides such good entertainment and there’s always nice people like rinaz, hangzilla, nadnut and etc!

URGH!

Post about booty calls buddy coming up.

Edit: @iantimothy said that someone will snigger and call me a sourgrape. ooohh. that’s so hurtful. NOT! pfft. Go back to your exclusive club *boo!*

A new kind of nomads- Social Media junkies/users.

Yes, yes. I am slow but I just realized it today. Probably because of the number of people who are threatening to leave Twitter for the inconvenience it caused with the long hours and high number of downtime. Even I am irritated! That’s saying quite a lot since my Twitter usage is dwindling.

Now if you liken each social platform (like Friendster, Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot and whatnot) to green pastures. Then the users (usually frequent social media users) will be nomads.

If you have noticed, they tend to move in “herds”. So they will all come together and form a community in say, Friendster (the pasture). They farm, talk, socialize, gossip and even get married! They customized their “home” and do daily, mundane stuff. They “pasture” starts to get overloaded. Overcapacity!! Problems start to occur. Landslides, floods, lousy crops and POLLUTION!

Now, the leader of these nomads (i.e. the early adopters) will go off in search of newer and fresher pastures. Somewhere that offers the same amenities but still untouched (in this example, Facebook). They will start moving over and eventually, their friends will move as well. Why? Because WE ARE A COMMUNITY! -.- It won’t be soon before long before the old pasture gets abandoned and a new community forms at the new pasture.

Nomads, no? They move in a community, as a group!

So are you a social media nomad? How many times have you moved?(:

And I don’t think I will move this time. I am tired and it’s not fun when you are the only one running after people.

P/S: Whenever I touch on social media topics, I am always talking about social networking sites eh?

Social Media – Adding Value? Connecting people? Or both?

I am not “mentally sound” at this point in time because I got sidetracked by several things (refer to my tweets on Twitter). I am probably on the offensive mode. So, apologies to anyone that I might unintentionally offend.

What is the real objective of social media? Adding value to other people? Or just plainly connecting people and updating friends about your life? Or is it both? Connecting people WHILE adding value at the same time? Is it possible to achieve that? Will it be easy?

I need some help here.

I don’t think social media is purely about adding value to people. Because like I said, if it’s just purely about adding value, then what is the difference between social media and say, an online newspaper? Where’s the personal factor?

All along, I believed that social media is only about connecting with people and updating friends about your life. More of the latter, perhaps. I still believe that.

I like how social media has reconnected me with people that I have not seen in eons. I like the gossip factor of social media. I like how social media lets me “spy” on other people’s conversation. I like how social media makes a person you know online seem more real to you. How it adds dimension to a person. The person is not longer just 2D and real during emails but 3D and interactive (excuse the weird analogy).

But yeah, it’s the whole 2D to 3D thing that works for me. I like Twitter especially(: It works rather well in the whole adding dimension area. (Anyways, I lost my train of thoughts again. Improvising. I swear I have Dory’s memory sometimes.)

Then there’s the intersecting area. The balance between connecting with people and adding value to others at the same time. Is it possible?

Personally, I have been reading a few blogs that are achieving this balance pretty well. But, somehow I still feel that it’s less personal?

Like, sometimes, I might want to add a comment or just leave my thoughts about a certain topic. But then, I always hold back because I feel dumb? What if what I said is BLAH? What if my POV is not as knowledgeable? What if I am just stating the obvious? I am pretty sure there are people out there who feels the same as I do.

Which then brings me to my next question, “Are blogs really that effective a tool in receiving feedback from customers?”

I am not saying that they are not receiving any feedbacks, I’m sure they are. But are they getting feedbacks from all types of consumers? Sometimes, I feel that those feedbacks that they are getting via their blogs are from people who are more vocal and confident. But what about those people who are not? Who reserves their feedback because they are shy? How about people who feel the way I feel? That maybe my opinion is not as important as those vocal people? What about these people then?

Okay, I have no conclusion for this post-.- My train of thoughts have seriously run away.

What’s your opinion? How do you view social media? And why? Convince me.

I can’t wait to start my FYP and gain more information about social media in Singapore(: