Recent events have caused me to think about this social web of ours.
On the dark side are cruel stories of bullying and the resulting suicides of several young people. Very bad. And I refuse to discuss them here – enough ink has been splashed trying to make sense of all these events.
On the bright side I see a settling of these SM places. I think, as I venture into these worlds, things have calmed down and maybe have become as amazing, as I hoped they would.
Maybe it's a culling of the herd – where I have unfriended, or unfollowed folks who have just ticked me off once too often – or maybe it is that folks are really getting a handle on what it is to be social, in this social media world.
I hope, and believe, it is the latter.
It has taken several years, but like folks getting gym memberships, the majority drop off after a few months and the serious folks maintain their regimen for the long haul.
I have been so pleased with my Facebook interactions, my Twitter stream, the Youtube channels and even Google + has now started to bubble up a bit. Bravo!
There seems to be less vitriol, more wit, amazing comments and so many more things served up for me to learn. Is the golden age of SM upon us? There seems to be less marketing "white noise" and the ad-chatter has died down. I even notice the self-promoting SM Guru phase has almost dried up! (Raises a glass and toasts!)
Here is a great video of one of my favorite netizans Stephen Frye being interviewed by Craig Ferguson (Another favorite.) Lovely twist to technology and Twitter in particular.
Hope you enjoy it!
What do you think is the current "state of the nation" in Social Media?