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Why do You Social Network?

Posted by Paula on June 7, 2008

I read daily about how social networking is something that companies large and small need to be actively pursuing because it is where the consumers can be found. After an experience that I have had with a fellow social networker over the past two days, I am suddenly wondering if social networking by consumers is as popular as I am hearing.

Yes, sites like Facebook and MySpace are both common sites among the average social networker (especially high school and college students), but how many of your every day friends and family who are not somehow involved in social media marketing are really involved in sites such as FriendFeed, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, etc? I’m going to guess not too many. In fact, I can only think of two contacts that I have that are involved in social networking and not involved in social marketing.

I am active enough in social networking sites that I have made the acquaintance of several social media marketers and SEO gurus. I look to these experienced marketers to bounce ideas off of involving this blog and I enjoy sharing things and joking around with them as much as I do with my non marketing friends.

I do read about social marketing and have even been known to give my two cents from the viewpoint of a consumer. However, in no way, shape, or form am I a marketer. I have two blogs, including this one that is about being social on the web, but I honestly do not care if I have one reader or one million. If either of my blogs become popular that will mean more work for me and I am already working a full time job and have other interests outside of social networking. I live paycheck to paycheck to make sure I have internet access, I can’t afford for high bandwidth to become an issue, so honestly I hope that none of the sites I own and play with get very popular.

So I’m just wondering are there other people out there doing this just for fun? If so, I’d really love to hear from you, please leave a comment! And for you marketers out there, what do you think about this?

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More Social Networks than Friends

Posted by Paula on June 7, 2008

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