Its a funny thing. When Twitter first showed its face online, my friends would say ‘ c’mon, you can’t be serious. What would you ever use Twitter for? To post what you just had for breakfast or where you are going today? That’s really incredibly stupid and besides, who cares?’
Every morning, I open Twitter and read through many the posts from the people I follow (who know more about a particular subject matter than I do that interests me). I follow them because they are SME’s (subject matter experts) and typically they will post something with a link as back-up about subject I have chosen to read about. This saves me hours a week in not having to sort and peel through the avalanche of media to find these articles of interest myself. They do all the work for me (or most of it).
Well, most of my friends predominantly use FB and not Twitter. I’ve tried to get some of them to use Twitter like it should be utilized — as a firehose of short snippets of information with a link, laser focused on what’s interesting for YOU to read. Twitter is NOT about posting what you had for lunch — never was and never will be.
After 8 + years of being on FB (and I joined in January of 2006), FB is now evolving into the place where my friends post these very personal things that they themselves said they’d never do post online — like ‘ what they had for lunch’ or where they went today or what they bought.
While I don’t mind sometimes looking at one of my friends new dog collars they bought today or the kind of ice cream cone they ate after lunch, I find it more than a little ironic that what they once all thought and called ‘stupid’ on Twitter (i.e. what they had for lunch) are now the prevailing and hot topics of the day along with numerous ‘likes’ from others. Some people I think post things to just see how many ‘likes’ they can get. (disclosure — I do contribute to this by posting 1 ‘happy caturday’ cat picture every Saturday — my excuse? I love cats).
The younger generations (who are fleeing FB in droves) actually post or re-post articles about the environment or health related topics, etc.. Things that I do find of interest to read sometimes. As a result of all this, I find myself spending less and less time on FB, quickly scanning all the nonsense posted. Granted, I enjoy the baby, cat, dog, pictures etc. But I find myself stopping in to FB less and less each week, giving FB one less returning visitor/user statistic on a daily basis. I like being in the minority.