I don’t use social media enough, mainly because I don’t like it. I know it’s important for networking and showing your stuff. But I just haven’t seen a social media platform that I like much.
Linked-in is probably the most important social media platform for professionals, and yet I barely use it because I don’t like how much they keep trying to connect me with people I’d like to forget.
I never had a myspace account. I have a facebook page that I only use for advocacy and to see other people’s facebook. I don’t post personal pictures or portfolio pieces on it. I have a flickr account that I only use to see other people’s photos.
My teens made me hate instagram before I even knew what it was. I don’t see any point in having a snapchat account unless you are a teenager with stuff to share and hide simultaneously. I don’t even let my kids use snapchat. I’m not even curious enough to check out what pinterest is all about. Whatever it’s worth, its necessity has failed to grab my attention.
I have 2 twitter accounts, 1 for following politically interesting people, the other for following professionally interesting people. I tweet less than once a day on the former, and less than once every 3 months on the latter.
I know if I’m ever going to clime out of the grave, I’m going to need to use social media more. But for now, it just seems so overused and ridiculous. It’s squandering too much of everyone’s time in shallowness. It’s killing respect for privacy. I’m old-school. I like to talk (voice) on the phone and meet people face-to-face. I still have a landline. I’ve had a cell phone since 1999, but didn’t feel the need to get a smartphone until last year. When I’m at home, my smart phone is usually turned off. And as you can see, I prefer on-line discussion forums for deeper more meaningful on-line conversations.