My Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet and Social Media

Love/HateIt’s true; the Internet, new media, social media etc… All of it… Bah, it frustrates me sometimes.

This coming from a guy who generally spends anywhere between 10 and 12 hours a day staring at a computer screen… Regularly has in excess of 20 tabs open per Firefox browser (often having two browsers open to handle the organization better!)… and both works, and plays in this industry.

First, what’s there to love about the Internet and Social Media?

Actually I could talk about that for a long time and I’ll likely lose you before I’m done so let’s just look at a few of the big ones:

  1. Democratization of Data, Media and Public Expression
  2. The never empty cornucopia of ideas and information readily available
  3. The near-complete levelling of social strata and class access
  4. To borrow from Wendy Harman, the ‘Realness’ caused by social media (even when it’s fake!)
  5. My ability to join conversations and ‘participate’ while living in a small city in the middle of nowhere!

Now for some of the things that regularly frustrate me in the world of Social Media:

  1. Even though I can join and maintain incredible online conversations while living in the middle of nowhere, I regularly find myself jealous of people living in the HotSpots of California and other larger urban areas who are able to connect with other people with similar interests in an offline setting through groups, unconferences, meetups etc. My conversations are largely restricted to the online worlds of Twitter, facebook, blog comments etc (which I’m grateful to have BTW!)
  2. Trying to stay on top of the quickly evolving social media landscape is both exciting and frustrating. I read once that one year of business online is the equivalent of 5 years offline. And I think the disparity is widening as the online world picks up steam.
  3. Trying to stay organized. Lifestreams, Datastreams, RSS feeds. We want to BE in as many places as possible (create your footprints!) but eventually it starts becoming cumbersome to manage all the data and various platforms creating them.

What do you think?

What do you love about the online world and where it’s going?

And what really chaps your @ss when it comes to Social Media and the online world?!?

(Photo Attributed to… oh wait, that’s my photo!)

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2 thoughts on “My Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet and Social Media”

  1. It’s the distraction of it all…..I am endlessly tempted to stop what I am doing to follow a Twitter post made by someone……..I’m here, which is proof of that!!

  2. I have the same problem Dee. Although I like to think that the constant distractions presented make me a better multi-tasker :)

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