Out of Town Visitors

Jill dropped by from Colorado and we talked about social media. It is nice to realize you have learned a few things. What I believe about social media:

1) Twitter and Facebook work well together, but post to one and read both. I post to twitter and read facebook.

2) Kickstarter uses community to raise money, you need to start big, work your networks, and have nice give-backs. Keep in touch, show progress.

3) don’t flood your channels, foursquare to twitter / facebook is fun, but don’t put it on automatic, because every post ain’t gold

4) watch quitr, watch who signs up under twitter, right now I am not looking for followers, but I am watching signups and quits. Right now the marketing droids are looking for followers to monitize — boooring.

5) I am not broadcasting, I am attempting to start a conversation. I reply to replies and @ when someone says something interesting. If you start following on twitter, let me know you are reading (by @’ing me) and I will read your feed. Don’t be offended if I don’t follow and don’t be offended if I stop following, I won’t. I know I spout a LOT of BS and that if there is anything worth reading in what I say it is buried in BS oh yeah and I can be overly chatty at times.

6) Social media is boring, marketing is evil. Genuine is interesting, passion is interesting, depth is interesting.

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Buzz Turned Off, For Now

I poked a while at Google Buzz and have finally gotten around to disabling it. You may wonder why and be asking: “Rube you are a social media guy, don’t you publish everything anyhow? What are you afraid of?”

Well, I am not afraid of anything and only have a few minor criticisms of the service which undoubtably will be eventually ironed out.  The problem I am having is with gmail.  I have had a gmail account for years, and am currently using 55% of 7.5 GB on my original account, I also have 6 years worth of archived emails in this space which I have used for that specific purpose — to keep a record of my emails. This is also my backup account, and I have run a few years worth of google docs out of it as well.

The problem is that I NEVER check this email, nor do I intend to start, on occasion it will fall into a cc list and I will miss an important note, but this is rare.

Buzz has started connecting my friends to it, and I can see the problem starting up.  I have been lazy in migrating my stuff over to my current gmail that forwards to my domain,  and am not excited about having to do this just yet.

Also the one domain that I would want it on, my hosted email with gmail, buzz is not available yet.

THAT is why. I check email on mail, and do chat through iChat, and twitter on seesmic.

I may be migrating over the information and activate my main gmail with buzz, but it will take some effort on my part.

rs