After reading Bolaji's article, i also thought of Facebook vs LinkedIn. My opinion about both of them is very clear. Facebook is more for personal news feeds and contacts while LinkedIn is more interesting from professional point of view. Having said that, LinkedIn is clearly loosing out in the battle to Facebook due to its boring user interface and lack of interesting features. Hopefully, LinkedIn guy's are listening and they improve and add features that can bring in the A-game.
Indeed you are right, Google+ can help to seperate both the professional and personal use of social media needs. You create your own cicle as many as you want. It's like to putting the use of all other social media in one.
I think both LinkedIn and Facebook have their own merits and uses. LinkedIn is better and more reliable to find out professionals and be in touch with your colleagues and work-buddies, while Facebook is more casual and useful for personal interactions. They aren't substitutes for each other.
Whilst I am not a user of Facebook (sorry folks) I look at the way many people do use it and I could consider it just like a plain old phone system .....but with added bells ;-) If I am at home I might get a phone call from a pal or from a work contact. Alternatively I could be at work and get a call from my Mum. In both cases I deal with the calls using the exact same phone system but with a different set of responses. Social media is the modern phone system and so people need to meld everything into that system and deal with the different content accordingly.
The one thing I don't like about Linkedin, is that most of the activity chain is only made up of telling me who has recently conntected to who. Facebook is more interesting with the updates. It also helps me connect with people who work at the same company as me but are remote. I censor myself though on Facebook so as not to offend, as some of Facebook friends are in corporate leadership.
The argument by Gary Vaynerchuk that social media is just another way to describe the internet falls flat. The activities take place in some cases over the web but what happens in social media is more than your regular internet activity. This is not blogging, tweeting or whatever else is out there. This brings people together, gives them the chance to share information on an open or closed platform and takes the discussion into cyberspace but actually off the web.
Gary should try to make his case to Google and other search engine services providers struggling to come to terms with the direct (and negative) impact of social media sites on their operations. So much of what happens on social media sites take place outside of the web and that is presenting a problem to Google and its search-engine competitors. Google's business requires it to help its audience make sense of the unwieldy web.
This means Google has to be able to identify, catalog and categorize web information. In order to do this, Google has to be able to access the information posted on the web. The essence of social media is its "closed" nature in that the information shared by "friends" and "connections" cannot be accessed by search engines or bots; they exist outside of this. That's why Google is becoming frantic and that's why Facebook is getting the kind of advertising dollars it is receiving today (it is second to only Google.)
Social media is not a platform like the internet. That is correct but it is not the web. It is not static or passive; it is very interactive and dynamic. That's a big difference.
I agree, this worrisome turn of events should give people a heads-up that when they make their list of friends public, they are publishing a list of their friends and lose complete control. Many people feel that there are benefits to that kind of exposure, others just tolerate it.
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