I know what it is. I’ve dipped my toes (temporarily) into Facebook and Twitter. I know the rules and the guidelines on how to make it successful. I’ve read articles, attended workshops, and talked to friends, but two pieces still eludes me:
How do I have something relevant to say on a regular basis?
How do I access social networking in a way that works for my life?
So, here it is, I don’t feel the need to be connected continuously to social networking, to people in general, actually. I don’t text, I infrequently call people, and I feel that most social networking is simply a way of saying “Hey, look at me! Pay attention to me!” But I’m a person who, for the most part, would rather people not pay attention to me.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, especially when most of what I see in social networking is spam and self-aggrandizement. I think I'm looking for a way to interact with people, but I don't want to have to manufacture that interaction. If I have something to say I'm generally not shy about saying it, but I also want it to be something substantive instead of "lol, that's funny" or the like. I've seen Twitter and Facebook account of fictional characters (I like the various Hulks out there), and I think I could do that (although Matt would obviously never engage in social networking unless pressured by Ira, Nikki, Jen, and the rest). I think that could be a lot of fun, and maybe be my gateway in.
And, oh yes, I’m still looking for a piece of software that fits my lifestyle and needs of accessing and updating social networking status.