Thursday, July 30, 2009

Social Media and Today

I have had several interesting social media experiences as of late -- one that is particularly funny.

A friend of mine handed me a ridiculously BIG book about social media. Which in and of itself is funny -- a paperback version of an ongoing story about how we relate to each other online. Old school vs. new school in a single package if you will. Secondly, the book is pretty much the less self-deprecatingly funny much more elaborate version of the one I would like to write. Perhaps I need to go back to the drawing board.

That is a good book. So I happened to post a Twitter "tweet" about the book and within moments the author of the book had re-tweeted, and thanked me for the post. Irony? Or is it, should it be... expected?

We are in the time and place where everyone is equal and accessible -- if only they are connected. It is a pretty awesome time to be networking, when we now have the ability to monitor not only the people we are interested in, and their somewhat mundane lives (for example: me and 1.6 million other people know that Ashton Kutcher's dog had a run-in with a skunk this week), but also what is being said about us. And we want them to talk about us... we need them to somehow to fulfil a need... even us.... introverts.

Awesome and scary. It will be interesting to see how this neutralizes celebrity, or exacerbates celebrity seekers.

Meghan Wier
Author Writer Web Consultant

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