ReadWriteWeb: Real People Don't Have Time for Social Media

by Volker Weber

Let's be honest here: we're all a bunch of social media addicts. We're junkies. Whether it's a new Twitter app, a new Facebook feature, or a new social anything service, we're all over it. But we may not be the norm. The truth is, being involved in social media takes time, something that most people don't have a lot of. So how can regular folk get involved with social media? And how much time does it really take?

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>> So how can regular folk get involved with social media?
Wrong question, probably.
I'm fairly IT-savvy and have run my own blog for years. I've tried Facebook - a waste of time as far as I was concerned. Little added value. Account deleted. I don't see any point in using Twitter.

So perhaps the question first should be: Why should regular folk get involved in more social media? There is a life away from the keyboard or blackberry too!

John Keys, 2008-04-17

Even if you have a completely private profile, and choose not to appear in search results, Facebook is worth it purely for the photo albums and tagging. Seeing photos that a friend of a friend took of you at a real life event is just not normally going to happen in real life.

I attended several weddings last summer and I've seen photos of myself taken by people I didn't even speak to on the day or since...this is Web 2.0

Regular folk still like to look at photos, right?

Ben Rose, 2008-04-18

Well, social media don't take too much time if you just pick what is relevant for you.

Generally speaking, it's Volker who sees something new and posts it here on his site. Most of the time my curiosity gives in and I give it a try until it either stays, is being kicked or simply put to sleep.

Philipp Sury, 2008-04-18

But Philip, whatever you say you do, doesn't help in answering the question, because you are not "regular folk" in this concern... ;-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2008-04-18

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