Addicted to Social Media Websites

I tried to avoid getting into Facebook, possibly because I have so many other existing responsibilities, interests and commitments that I just did not want to add another item to my plate. I ended up registering for an account, using the justification that I could better assist clients and friends who wanted to use the application down the road – but that was it. For the greater portion of a day, I even told my co-workers that I was not interested in Facebook and would not spend anymore time with it, after registering.

The real reason – it would seem – is because now I am addicted and want to learn as much as I can about it.

My Social Media Justification
Is it any wonder that search engine marketing professionals are drawn to social networking and bookmarking websites? For me, the comparison between traditional SEO and SMO (social media optimization) is in the fact that both are (to some extent) about increasing traffic and becoming “popular” in a community. While I would like to say that I have no interest in actively spending the time and energy to “get” Facebook, the fact of the matter is that it is absolutely fascinating to me, in terms of traffic, user behavior and technology. I could spend hours testing (playing) with the thousands of Facebook applications that have been created by community members. I knew I would find value once I started the investigation, which is one of the reasons why I relented in the beginning.

Shameless Plug to Network Together
Facebook is one of many “web 2.0” applications that I am investing time into, to learn and connect with other talented and interesting people and maintain relationships with friends and family. While some of these tools I have become relatively comfortable with, others I am still investigating and trying to work my way through the learning process. I would love to connect with anyone who has similar interests for purposes of knowledge sharing, communication and collaboration. Just link up and send me a note that you have connected.

My Other Social Media Website Profiles

The latter two I have just begun learning and getting actively involved in (which is to say that I am delaying the inevitable).

Two Good Articles On Facebook

Jeremiah Owyang has a nice blog post on Facebook and how it relates to a company’s web strategy. If you are new to Facebook and want to learn more about using it as a professional networking tool (in addition to social networking), I would recommend checking it out.

12 Ways to Use Facebook Professionally
Web Worker Daily provides a recap of 12 ways Facebook can be used as a professional marketing and business tool for the online professional.


Comments

2 Responses to “Addicted to Social Media Websites”

  1. John J on August 18th, 2007 7:05 pm

    I know the reason I stay away from Web 2.0 is because I’ll get addicted to them.

    I avoided setting up my own blog for about a year. Now it’s been running for 3 years.

    I avoided signing up for RSS feeds (or even reading too many blogs) but once I got Google Reader I read anything with an orange button.

    I never understood the value of podcasts but once I started listening to them during my commute I no longer have a long enough commute (not something you hear very often).

    So, I’m sure I’ll bet into Facebook soon. I just want to make sure I have enough time to handle a new addiction.

  2. Derek Edmond on August 29th, 2007 4:00 am

    Sorry for a severely delayed response. I really enjoy Facebook because of the ability to integrate everything else you may be interested in online, within your account.

    While work/personal commitments have really made this investigation take a back seat in the recent weeks, I completely understand where you are coming from.