Let’s Bring Social Back to Social Media!
There I said it. I have to admit. I don’t spend nearly as much time on social media as I used to and the main reason plain and simple is because there’s just too much “noise”. No matter which social platform you choose, if you view the main feed, it’s like surfing through the channels on the radio or cable tv and not finding anything you like. Another reason was because it just wasn’t the same as it was back when social media was “new and shiny”. I remember when I could log into Twitter and be able to tweet “Hi” and at least a dozen people would tweet “Hi” back and it didn’t matter if you were following one another. People were online, starting conversations, and getting to know each other because social media was so new, we didn’t think to advertise businesses. There was no agenda. Nothing was automated, the fake “bot” accounts had not been invented.
That’s when I decided to write this post “Let’s Bring Social Back to Social Media” and do even more to change the way I interact on my social platforms. The attempts I made to interact as I did in the past have not had success.
Please do not misunderstand or get me wrong, I’m not saying I have never scheduled tweets or any other social media posts. There is definitely a need for scheduled posts to make best use of your time. Noone can be online 24/7. But… and there is a big BUT. Every post should not be automated, especially if you are expecting responses of any kind from potential or existing customers. In my opinion – social media should not be like radio or television. It is a two-way communication medium. It is NOT solely for advertising as many people and businesses use it which is in my opinion why there is so much noise.
Sure – you can get around the noise of Twitter and other platforms if you know how.
In my effort of Let’s Bring Social Back to Social Media I am creating a list on Twitter called “Live Tweets Only”. The purpose of this list is to add members who will tweet back when I say “Hi” without having to @theirhandle. I’m hoping by creating this list, it will bring back a little bit of the social interaction that has been replaced by the automated tweets. Do you think it will help? Do you have any more suggestions to bring social back to social media?