Monday, April 21, 2008

How Much Is Too Much?

Twitter, Blogging, Facebook, Myspace and more. How much is too much? How far "out there" can you, no, should you be?" I started in with many of these social networking platforms out of curiosity about how to become a better marketer but find myself ensonced (is that a word?) and entrenched in them so deeply I wonder who I've become.

The "me" that is represented on these platforms is not a true representation - it's shaded in particular and confusing ways. I find it dangerous lately - I sort of feel like I'm losing the inner, private "me" to the public one that you get when you google (err... live search) "Marc Sirkin."

  • I share things with strangers that I don't even tell my good friends about. That's odd isn't it?
  • I connect with people who I'd otherwise never be "friends" with under any other circumstance (this is both good, and bad I think).
  • I find myself getting wrapped up in following people who clearly have nothing going on, or so much that it's impossible to catch up with them. I think that's what I've become myself - hard to catch and impossible to know.
I continue to blog and tweet and post pictures everywhere - yet lately I am finding much of it empty and frankly, meaningless. There is so much noise out there - am I simply contributing to it (pollution?) or actually adding a valuable voice to some conversation somewhere?

I am even starting to believe that regular, normal people manage their lives MOSTLY in private! Could that be?

1 comment:

Peter said...

Wow, this is a great summary of how I think a lot of people may be starting to feel. I've had to scale back some of the social networking sites I visit regularly. I feel the same way, it's too much to keep up with and for what... a lot of people you don't know.