This is a rant. I apologize for its length…
Does anyone remember when the big social networking Web sites came out? MySpace and Facebook were the elite two. I remember those days extremely clearly because I am part of the ‘Social Networking‘ generation.
I remember when Facebook first launched, yes, exclusively to colleges, pre-tagging of photos, etc. It was a great way to remember the people you met the night before, that you normally wouldn’t remember under certain circumstances. My generation coined the phrase ‘Facebook Me!”
My friends and I started the ‘I’m an Asshole’ group for SUNY Oswego and it has grown through the years, a very proud achievement of mine! As this group grew I realized then how this was going to be a big deal and somehow be the future of keeping in touch. As Social Chair of my Fraternity, I was in charge of planning all social events. I utilized Facebook for these and it became quite useful. Personal invites, seeing what people were doing, plus there was no paper trail of flyers, which was amazing. It was the future of party planning in college and we loved it. Facebook was a place to mess around with each other and fill up time during classes.
So lets fast forward to the work force, which I’m in now, and the emergence of ‘social media.’ I hate to boost anyone’s ego more than it already is, but someone came into my office to talk about social media. He goes on and on about everything I already knew and then says one thing…
“Who here is on Twitter?” — No one says anything
Of course, I shout out, “TOO OLD!”
He says, “You would say that, you’re 22.”
Okay he does his twitter spiel. I’m like whatever, I’ll try it out, and well the rest is history.
So I have established myself pretty well on Twitter. It’s a nice place to escape, like Facebook, and such and I have made some AMAZING friends. As you all know you read my first post, you know I am what I am. I say what I want, when I want. So a few weeks ago I made one of my standard tweets about snot and was responded to with a comment that I am adding to the noise of “Social Media.”
Now this annoyed me. Why would something I tweeted be ‘Noise?’ I was confused so I asked what was this “noise” that this person had spoken of. I got a response boiled down to, ‘I’ve decided to add to the conversation, but you can do whatever you like.’ They also wanted to take it offline, to avoid adding more noise.
Now I understand taking it offline, president of their own company and all. Looking at their tweets this person doesn’t respond to a lot of people, so I should feel privileged. But I don’t understand how a simple tweet that I made is considered “Noise.”
Must I remind everyone what Twitter was made for? Does anyone remember the Twitter video that used to be on the homepage? (I can’t find it)
Now this person also mentioned that they chose to join the conversation. Well that could have been accomplished with, “Want a tissue?” (which @tjdietderich would have said) and I would have probably peed a little with laughter and probably followed them. I don’t even follow this person…
So I ask you all this – Who created the rules of Twitter, Facebook, etc? NO ONE! There are no rules. It’s not like I was @starbucks tweeting “I served hot piss instead of hot cider today…”
Get the picture? You don’t like what someone talks about, simple solution. UNFOLLOW! I do it all the time.