Between Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Digg, countless Ning communities, Twitter and the countless other outlets out there, I've come to a couple of major realizations:
- In order to remain current in social media you have to be one of two things (1) young, with time on your hands and the confidence to play with each new wave or (2) an early adopter.
- Becoming an effective early adopter of every. trend. out. there. requires time. Lots and lots of time. Like, full time.
Questions I'll work on - and pass along here - as I find answers:
- What new media outlets are the best for organizations? Specifically, non-profit, science heavy organizations? It seems to me a lot of social media (Twitter, online communities and others) are best utilized by individuals unoficially tied to an org.
- How much time out of my work day should I spend on these outlets? On which should I concentrate most of that time?
- Other than reading Mashable and Twitter... and about 500 marcom pro's blogs religiously, is there a good, consistent way to stay current with the latest technologies?
Oh yeah - and I think I'm quitting Facebook soon -
TIME Magazine on Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies
My favorite is number three:
3. We never get drunk at parties and get photographed holding beer bottles in suggestive positions. We wish we still did that. But we don't. (See pictures of Beer Country in Denver.)Funny, while I'm slightly irked about the fogies overrunning Facebook, I am envious that they (aside from the occasional, unphotographed, indescresion) have outgrown this phase. I have not.
And, if you have some pointers for me about the former, please help!
Photo from the mentioned Time article.