Apart from giving me an excuse to use outdated slang, CPD23 Thing 12 asks for our thoughts on the sociability of social media, and therefore I apologise about the shortness of this post in advance, although it could be construed as more of a blessing. I feel like I have said most of what I wish to say on the subject of social media already in previous CPD 23 posts. Like how the length of this post has its benefits (it won’t take up too much of yours, or my, time) and its drawbacks (despite not being long it will probably be more boring than some) I feel that social media has its plus and minus points. It does make everything easy. It can be a one stop shop for events organising, photo sharing, messaging, discussion forum, and the rest, and if this is not enough to convert the most scornful of non-conformists, then I do not know what is.
I have already griped about Twitter in the post Networking -noun ... But I appreciate that for event organisation in the librarianship profession it excels. I would love not to be enslaved by the dominating force that is Facebook, but, and I suppose this is the crux of the matter with social media, EVERYONE I know is on it. As a direct comparison, although I am looking forward to finding time to really explore the Librarians as Teachers network as I think it will be a valuable source of outreach project information, the downside to this is that as yet I have no friends on it to really make it come to life for me.
So that for me is the last word on the subject really, a social network only works if it is, well, sociable. If everyone is just sitting staring at a screen, waiting for someone else to add some content, then all it will be is a failure as people delete their profiles and try to fall in love with Twitter again.