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The early days of Twitter were filled with bad publicity and sarcastic cuts to its real value. I would agree that initially, people didn't know what to tweet, so they said stuff such as "I'm at Starbucks." or "I just ate lunch." Even Verizon made a commercial to poke fun at the pointless Twitter updates. Listen for "I'm sitting on the patio."
Yet over the past year I've seen Twitter move from mindless 140 character crap, to real engaging and informative information shared by some of the most influential people around the world.
Where Twitter has been gaining more sustainability as a true place to gather insightful information, Facebook on the other hand, seems to be filled with annoying status updates. I even saw one from a friend the other day that said "Hanging out on my back porch!" Hello? Isn't that what frustrated people about Twitter?
Yes, some companies (and individuals) post insightful information. And no, not EVERY status update has to be helpful or thought-provoking. But is it just ME or does it seem like the pointless updates are getting more and more out of control than every before?
Now before all of my friends get insecure that I'm talking about your status updates, let me preface by saying: Your Facebook page is just that, yours. But remember, whether you like it or not, you are "branding" yourself. You're telling your friends (and in some instances the world) about the type of person you are.
Try it: Go back and look at the last month of your status updates. Were they filled with pointless updates? Were they fishing for compliments? Or is there a "negative" undertone in all your posts? People really do judge you on your status updates. Like it or not. Your thoughts are out there for all to see.
I saw a quote recently that I think sums up my feeling about status updates:
"It’s not a Twitter account, poetry slam, existential sounding board, or political soapbox. It’s a Facebook status. If it’s not funny, about your physical/mental health, sociological classification, or geographical location, it’s probably not your status."
I'm not trying to tell you what you should or shouldn't post on your Facebook page. After all, it's your "space" to do with what you please.
But, pointless, uninteresting status updates is what annoys me most about Facebook.
How about you? What annoys you most?
About the Author:
Adam Waid is the Director of Marketing at Mediacurrrent, an industry-leader in helping organizations architect custom Drupal websites. Adam is also a MATRIX Alumnus, where he worked closely with the Sales and Recruiting organizations to develop differentiation strategies, create content, and drive CRM and social media initiatives with a single goal in mind - build stronger, more meaningful relationships with our clients. Leveraging new technology, the latest social media trends, and a good mix of traditional marketing, Adam grows online communities. Follow Adam on Twitter and Read his Social Media Blog.