Originally written as a response to Ben Barden’s article entitled “10 Sites I No Longer Use, and why I Stopped Using Them“ [c. July 22, 2009 ], but it got so long that I felt it warranted its own article.
I use Facebook to connect with family and close-friends; I use Twitter to connect with colleagues who won’t do Facebook; I chat on Plurk to have easy-to-follow conversations. (Links to each displayed in sidebar)
Each social-network has their own merits, but …
1. Whilst Facebook is the mos popular, it is still not the best location for conversation.
Who needs Farmville or other personality-Apps? Conversations are sporadic and short-lived. Takeaway the apps, colours and sidebars – all you have is an old-fashioned long-threaded forum.
Over the last twelve months of my Facebook membership, I have used Facebook to advertise my services, abilities, and photography of Adelaide events. This has been most advantageous and also proved to be most beneficial. I’ve also gained friends, real friends not just followers, in many different business capacities, all of whom I regularly contact for both business and conversation. I can now say that Facebook is a great network. So long as you put in the effort and leave the ego at home.
2. Plurk is the easiest to use for two simple reasons:
A. Conversations each have their own timeline and page. Responses appear in real-time, regardless of your location on the planet. You can leave a conversation overnight, then come back to it. The community you build will wait because they know you need to sleep, work or recover.
B. You can chat amongst multiple conversations all on the same screen, all at the same time. Including those you started! You can chat with Arthur about cars, Martha about knitting, whilst Martha and Arthur chat about underwater macramé, all simultaneously, and anybody can jump into the others conversations.
Yes, they can also be made private!
3. I’ve re-awakened my love of Twitter, and even I am not sure why.
Yet I do like the way the page flows, the conversations work. Whether you view it using your browser or an application, you can make Twitter make for you: By linking to like-minded people, or persons of similar interests, Twitter is a great way to connect. Personally, I enjoy linking with people in the IT, photography and graphic design industry’s. Being an avid photographer and graphic designer, it is a feel-good thing to connect with others who hold the same interests.
Getting involved with SocADL through Twitter means I have had the grand opportunity to meet these Adelaide twitters, so my online-network has become a life-line to the real-world, away from the computer. Which is an ironic twist to the whole online-social-networking scene!
What I like most about Twitter is that allows users to customise their wallpaper. The religiously-devoted create wallpaper that tells viewers what their business-interests or online-network includes. So it becomes a cheap way to get some extra-advertising space!
Which of these three social networks do you use?
Or can you recommend any others? I also use LinkedIn for professional-connections, Ning for Adelaide-specific networking, Flickr and Redbubble-forums occasionally, but I am not adding more to my collection!!