During this month, I will again be using the devices of social media to send out messages, hoping to create dialogue and for no other reason to share a bit of what's been on my mind. These devices are pretty simple. Twitter, Facebook and of course this blog.
I've neglected just about all three lately and not for bad reason or fault other than I've kinda felt a bit lost in the process. I've asked more than once of myself, "Does anyone really care about what I think, do, eat, create or question?"
Here is a funny commercial that seems to say it all for me when it comes to social media.
Unfortunately, the truth of this message is as shallow as the message. Social media can and is a very helpful tool to society. Think of the power of 140 characters helping fuel a cultural revolution such as Egypt and Libya. How a "friend" is not a friend in a usual sense but one in a practical sense when the "six degrees" emerge in one location; the web.
The value of social media is the interaction. For one to simply participate as an observer is voyeuristic at best and a tad creepy at worst. Those who engage in true friendships, which this commercial seems to poke fun, are themselves in an interactive relationship that can not decry the same frailty toward twitter toting and Facebook flaunting folks.
Yes, we may not be interested in what you had for lunch but we might be more than curious about what you think!
Like I tweeted this morning... "Some days you're smarter than you think, some you're not as smart as you think and others you're not thinking. What will it be today?" It was 133 characters. Enough to ad your re-tweet.