Social Media is here to stay whether you like it or not. When it comes to Social Media there are two things that pop in my head, Facebook and Twitter. I am an avid twitter and Facebook user and enjoy mostly everything that has to do with Social Media. However there are times when I have to take a step back because I am shocked with the stream of information that I am voluntarily putting on the Internet and the information I am receiving from other sources. Take yesterday, October 4th, 2011 for example I was fixated on my computer and cell phone, sitting on Engadget (online technology blog) watching a live blog and twitter updates from the Apple conference. This is what social media is all about now.
I no longer receive my information from the news, magazines, papers, but rather from a constant live stream from friends, companies, fans and anyone who share my interest. The best part is that it’s instant, and now a days for someone to wait for something is shocking because society has turned into such a instant satisfaction culture for the most part. I know for myself waiting has gone out of the window, I am more impulsive than ever and it is because I usually am only one click away from anything.
Everyone in the business has gotten so good at underlying social media that we do it unconsciously, we advertise or spread news for a company with out even knowing. As soon as information was released about the iPhone 4S, I didn’t even need to be on engadget.com or macrumors.com to find out. All I would have needed to do was just check twitter or Facebook once and watch my friends pour information, opinions, and news about what was going on with the conference. But like them we all stayed plugged in, and social media keeps us plugged in.
In order to make a connection, I am going to jump to the movie Matrix, yes we are talking about the Keanu Reeves flick (woahh). But the idea that we are plugged in and receiving information non stop, regardless what medium you choose (Unless your John Connor and you are off the grid) has gotten a lot of people worried. I know for a fact when I was doing my background check for the NYPD, which I passed, I was so worried they would find something I left on MySpace, Facebook, or twitter that would disqualify me from proceeding.
Eventually privacy and openness is my only discretion when it comes to Social Media, but that’s even changing as social media and society is changing with it. I am unsure if it is changing for the better or worse but I will say one thing, and that is I like it. Lets just hope were not becoming numb to what is ethical behavior but we are becoming open and transparent to except the world that is around us. With social media I just hope that it stays out of government control and leaves it to the people to decide what they want to tune in and out. A pretty famous guy, who created something pretty cool, can sum up my thoughts; Mark Zuckerberg creator of Facebook was quoted saying “the goal of Thefacebook was to help people understand the world around them”. And that is where I hope social media takes us some day.
BA Information Science