I’m not sure when it happened or why it happened, but I know it’s something that needs to change. Since when have American’s gotten so lazy to the point that they won’t try new things, even if it might be for their own good? When did people become sooooooo dependent and “happy” with Facebook that they would rather sit there and put up with incredible amounts of changes, numerous questions in regards to privacy and yet still sit and stay… Happy, content…. BORING.
There was a time where I really believed that the Facebook fall from the all mighty internet heavens would be much sooner, and even worse then the MySpace (memba that social networking site?) plunge. I obviously failed to calculate something in to the mix, maybe two things. Stupidity and laziness.
Facebook Might Be King, But It Doesn’t Mean it’s The Best
I typically start my morning off by checking Twitter, then I jump in to my NetNewsWire to see what breaking news, business news and whatever else might be important to know heading in to the day. Once I’m done going through my articles, I schedule my retweets on Twitter with MarketMeSuite and HootSuite, then head over to Google+ to consume a little more of the early morning buzz from the like minded small business people and bloggers that I connect with.
Once I knock out Twitter @extremejohn and Google+ I head over to… Wait… Yep, you guessed it, Skype. I like to respond to any of my Skype messages first thing in the morning, unless it’s a project that I need to address later in the day.
Now, some of you might have noticed something. I failed to mention Facebook in my list of top 3 things that I get done first thing in the morning, it wouldn’t be number 4 or 5 either. Email and text messages get that nod.
Missing an Entire World
I don’t feel as if I miss anything by not visiting Facebook in my morning ritual, truth be told when I do get over there it will be to check on the Extreme Tan and Smoothies Facebook page and my Facebook page. IF, and it’s a HUGE IF, if I have time I will scroll through to see if any of my immediate friends or family members have anything exciting to share, if not I’m gone and on to the next thing.
The crazy part about the “next thing” for me, is that it always consists of more Twitter and Google+ follow up, engagement and consumption and that message repeats itself throughout the day.
I couldn’t imagine what life would be like if I latched on to Facebook and never considered learning something new, learning a different way of communicating, a different way to use social media. I’m actually amazed that there are people out there that heard of these crazy things…. like Twitter and Google+ or even Tumblr, but yet they never even load the web page to check things out, or give it a shot. Sad, but true.
Here’s a tweet I received from @kenyattanJackie earlier this morning, it’s one of the things that prompted me to write this post:
This makes my soul hurt.
Why!?! What’s so sticky about Facebook that people get stuck there? I’ve never even moved slow enough through there to come close to breaking down – in order to get STUCK. Don’t get me wrong, Markie Mark and the Funky Bunch have a good thing going over there at the Facebook mega compound, but it’s hardly the greatest or only show on earth.
There’s so much more out there.
Small Business Owners Using Social Media
I’m not going to get in to s0me long why, how and everything else, instead I’ll shoot one tip at you and you can do what you want with it.
Be sure that your business is prepared on all social media outlets, but focus on the social media outlets that you KNOW your customers use most.
More on social media for small business: “How to Succeed with Social Media – A Guide for Small Business“.
Tell your friends to stop being so damn narrow minded and try some new things out. If they need a few hardcore reasons to try Google+ or Twitter GIVE THEM THE REASONS, tell them why you like Twitter’s fast paced, 140 character controlled environment. Explain how Google+’s privacy settings and launch caused a massive knee jerk reaction at Zukie’s Facebook HQ’s. Tell them something, but don’t give up.
There’s plenty of reasons to try EVERY social media platform. There’s even more reason to break your time up across each of them so that you can take advantage of the things you enjoy about each specific platform. I know one of the best things about exposing myself to multiple social networking sites is that I keep meeting new people and learning new things in the process.
On the Social Media and Networking Menu
I know, even after all of that there’s probably a few of you that still don’t know what to try. Here’s a list of a few social media networking sites to keep you jumping from window to window instead of being STUCK on Facebook wanting to jump out of one.
Jump in to the conversation and share your thoughts on the social media lost. Is Facebook just soooooooo awesome (slight movie lisp) that the majority of people are willing to just sit around there waiting to see what change is next? Comment here