Holy Information Overload!!
I am not new to social networking. I have a love/hate relationship with my Facebook account. I joined LinkedIn, but have not found it personally useful. I putzed around on Pinterest in August. I’m pretty sure I made up a Twitter account a couple of years ago, but was reluctant to jump in. So, I wouldn’t say I’m at a novice level, but I am certainly not what anyone would consider a “veteran tweeter” or an “online community maven.” I’m also pretty sure that I do not plan to become one in the foreseeable future.
Why? (Or, in this case, why not?) It takes gigantic amounts of time to take in all of that information, process it, and filter the things I could potentially use. And here’s the thing – there is a lot that I could potentially use – hence the feeling of being overwhelmed. This evening I read Twitter is Stupid. (until you realize) (excellent & informative), Joyce Valenza’s For newbies: Just Heart the (#) Hashtag! (also excellent & informative), and checked out Twitter’s hashtag #tlchat per Valenza’s suggestion. So many of those tweets directed me to blog posts to read or other sites to visit, and lo, two hours have quickly passed and I’m feeling extra thankful that tonight I have one extra hour thanks to the end of Daylight Saving Time. I was already feeling information overload having rejoined lm_net in the past week!
I think because of where I currently am in my life, it is hard to carve out time dedicated to keeping up with these communities on a daily basis. What I think I would mostly find Twitter useful for is if I had a specific need and wanted to reach out to that community for assistance (brainstorming/info gathering, etc.) My question becomes – is that an acceptable use? Or is that not playing fair? (Always an information requester, but not a contributor.) I think that once I get to the next stage in my life, I could envision myself contributing regularly in a productive way.
And now, having re-read my post, I wonder: do I sound resistant? I hope not because that’s not my intention. I am very interested to know what my colleagues in the “Cool Tools” group have to say about Twitter!