Moving into 2017 I knew I needed to do more to increase engagement on social media for both WP in One Month & How I Built It. Simply promoting isn’t a great strategy; while I convert most listeners and students through my personal Twitter, I want change that. I tried doing it manually for a while, but it was too time consuming. After toying with the idea, I decided to upgrade to Buffer Pro for a year to see if it would help me while also saving time. About a month in, I have some thoughts.
It’s not often I will do a links roundup, but as my Facebook and Twitter friends can attest to, I’ve been posting a lot this week. I’ve tried to hold back, but I will post the good ones here. Of-course, this will then get posted to Facebook and Twitter, but hey- better one than like 15, right?
There’s a lot going on on the Internet right now. Websites getting hacked (Blizzard being the most recent), companies doing presumably whatever they want with our data, and the cultivation of a group of people who over-share (this includes yours truly). I’ve written a bit on Facebook and other social media and how I think it’s affecting our culture. What I haven’t seen a lot of is writing on what’s called, “Data Liberation.” This is,Â retrievingÂ your data from the social networks you use so often.
BRG is reporting this morning that a new study suggestsÂ Facebook and Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The way the study was set up is Blackberry users were polled several times a day, asking what they wanted to see in the last 30 minutes; they were also asked to rate their own desire.
I really don’t like studies like this; they are comparing something people enjoy using to 2 very addictive substances. Possibly the biggest flaw here is that people are asked to gauge their own desire. In a world where people say, “Today, I had to have a serious talk with my boyfriend about his Miley Cyrus obsession.Â FML” (src) and a meme exists citing “First World Problems,” people probably cannot accurately gauge their feelings/desires. Desire is relative to personal experience. It’s like how college students call themselves alcoholics because they drink every weekend. Some are kidding, but some really mean it. But I’m a little off-topic now.
My point is that studies like this (and statistics in general) really do not show us any useful data. Of-course people are going to use Facebook and Twitter more than cigarettes and alcohol. There is no law prohibiting minors from the use of social networks (not Â that I’m opposed to that). Plus, Facebook and Twitter are free. (To be fair, that latter point was cited in BGR’s article.)
Until people start neglecting their responsibilities to use Facebook and Twitter, we can’t say that social networks are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol especially.
In my latest offering from Web.Appstorm, I take a comprehensive look at Facebook’s Privacy Settings. Â I take a look at what you, your friends, and apps, and what they can share about you- as well as what shows up about you in search engines. This is one of my better, more helpful posts- especially if you’ve never taken a look at them before.
- Everyone Hates Ticketmaster- but No One can Take it Down(wired) :Â Ticketmaster is essentially a monopoly. Hopefully some of the new services mentioned in the article can rise to power soon.
- See Messages the Matter (Facebook): This is an interesting hybrid and probably one that will get used a lot. Facebook was smart not to make an email client. There are already giants in that area. But if this makes communication easer (and it seems it does), that’s a very good move.
- Do you have a social media strategy? (Freshbooks): I was recently asked by a friend, â€œdo you have a social media strategy?â€ I replied, â€œNo, we actually have a relationship strategy.â€
- Kindle and Kinect Christmas (Kottke): Kottke’s got a great point here. Amazon absolutely won by making Kindle books cross platform. I own a Kindle, and have a droid and an iPad. The books I’m reading are always with me.
- Is that right? Facebook triggers asthma attacks? (Washington Post): Also remember this: Food makes people fat & guns kill people. It’s not at all how we as individuals use these things.
- iTunes and The Beatles: A Day We’ll Soon Forget (appstorm): I really thought it was going to be an announcement about online streaming, especially since they bought lala last year (though itâ€™s starting to look more and more like they just bought it to get rid of a competitor). This shouldnâ€™t have been more than an announcement on the homepage and in the iTunes Store.
- 50 Ways to get Your Site Noticed (Nettuts+): Top 50 lists are fairly hard to come by. Well done, Nettuts!
- Facebook Accounted for 25% of all Pageviews in US Last Week (BGR): Wow.
- Angry Birds sequel to be told from pigs point of view (Pocket-lint): There aren’t too many mobile games I play regularly. I love this one and cannot wait for a sequel or multiplayer.
- Opt Out Day: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a Temporary Safety, deserve neither”.Ben Franklin. What the TSA is doing is deplorable. Protect your citizens, but do not violate them.