Hello, friends! I was off for five days with my girlfriend in South Italy (Capri, Positano and Amalfi) and now returned fully recharged! I posted a couple of pics at my open album on Facebook
From the next days you will hear more from my experiments with social media. For example, I decided to embrace Facebook and Twitter.
WHY? You may be asking.
Well, since 2005 when I started hearing about this I was skeptical and thought it was addictive and a timewaster with bad privacy architecture.
1. Early adopter phase is gone
Well, as I realize now, I am the type of person who is just not the "early adopter" type. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE technology. But I also value a lot my time. So I do not want to subscribe to all new killer app/service that pops every 5 minutes, use it for one week and then forget about it when the hype is gone.
2. Twitter and Facebook are different and complement each other
So. As I see things today, Twitter is a wonderful aggregator/hub for contacts and Facebook is highly customizable so you can choose different privacy levels and add different social spheres (family, work and even ex-girlfriends haha) all together - with little drama.
3. The value of the network
Plus, there is that guy. Metcalfe. The more people are in a particular network, the higher is the value.
Being a Gen-X man, I see the differences of online behavior compared to Gen-Y and the tendency for a transparent life and the benefits it generates. At the same time, I also like to keep certain things more intimate and apparently Facebook allows for such customization decently enough. It just takes 10 mins to learn how to create groups and then manage the access levels of each one.
5. Time waste
This is the biggest one. I have always frowned upon those who were addicted to Facebook or Twitter, as if they did not have a real life.
Are you a Twitter Whore?
The funny thing is, we always have a choice. It's about managing ourselves better and make it a useful tool at our service, and not the opposite.
I have just started with this, but as far as I can see I plan to schedule some short 10 min slots along my day to go and check my Twitter and Facebook and the eventual emails I may still get. After it is done, get back to single-tasking with "real work". I have been trying different productivity approaches and will report here what has worked best for me.
Am I trying to sell Facebook or Twitter to you?
More or less. I am talking with enthusiasm because it seems it will bring a lot of good things for my life and to people I care. BUT, I know that no matter how convincing or enthused we try to be... if one does not want to embrace or give a try... nothing works.
Really. If someone would try to play "social media evangelist" in front of me half year ago, I would still be skeptic.
So, what is working for me today may perfectly not be the case for you at this moment.
This is why the title of this post is "Only for those who are on Facebook and Twitter": if you are already experimenting with Twitter and Facebook, do reply on this thread so it becomes easier to add and follow your musings, passions and projects.
Then on a next round I will be happy to talk to you who are not yet here with us on the social media playground.
The full text of the book An Introduction to Internet Governance (6th edition) is available here. The translated versions in Serbian/BCS, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese are also available for download.