Social Networking is Hard Work – Sarah’s Social Media Experiment
So, my social media experiment was probably the most pathetic experiment ever conducted. (See part one here: http://www.sitevisibility.co.uk/blog/?p=278) My plan was to throw myself into all things social media for the whole of April and then write about it in May. However, as you can see I am only just getting around to writing about it now, not because I’ve been so submerged that I haven’t had time to write, but more because I kept finding something more interesting to do and suddenly over two months had gone by and I hadn’t done a thing.
Anyway, I did try…a little, but mostly found the experiment very frustrating.
The first thing that I did was to create a Twitter account. Not as easy as it should have been and I have to confess I did have to ask for help. But I was assured that everyone found Twitter confusing so I felt a little better. Once I had my account setup I wasn’t sure what to do. I tried to find my friend but it seems that if you want to follow someone you have to know their username which I thought was a little annoying.
The next day I went to log into my twitter account and couldn’t get in. Great start. So I clicked ‘forgot my password’ but never received a password. So then I emailed the help email and a few hrs later I got an email saying that my problem had been fixed followed by an email saying that the ticket had been closed. Not hugely helpful. So I emailed again and a few days later finally got a reply saying that my password had been reset. But I still can’t log in and now sent another email but it say that the ticket had been closed and to submit a new one. I give up.
I’ve used Facebook a little bit but found that I’d log on and then didn’t know what to do. How do people spend hours on it? What are they doing? I changed my status to ‘doing a social media experiment – please read my blog post’. I think 2 people read it and neither commented.
One thing I did get a bit excited about was the new ‘Google Location’ app from Google. My husband sent me an email inviting me to join Google Location – I’ve just got a new phone and I can run the app from that. It was really easy to set up and within about ten minutes I could see where he was on a map and it’s actually pretty accurate. If you don’t have a phone then you have to add your postcode and it shows where you are, but if you have a phone and you run it constantly (which would probably cost a fortune) then your friends and family (and anyone you invite) can actually see where you are and where’re going.
“How cool is this?” he said. “Now go for a walk….” So I walked home with the application turned on and my husband watched on his computer at work and could see where I was and when I got home. After the initial excitement wore off I suddenly realised what he’d just done…..he’d tricked me into installing a tracking device on my phone. And conveniently his phone doesn’t support it so he can see my every move but when he calls up and tells me ‘sorry, I have to work late tonight’ and then promptly goes to the pub I’m none the wiser…
So – I think we can consider my experiment a failure, although, let’s be honest, I didn’t really give it my all.
However, I am slowly beginning to realise that my lack of ‘social medianess’ is more due to laziness than lack of interest because I am curious about what is happening and what is going on, I just don’t want to find it out for myself.
I get that there are lots of exciting things happening that are going to revolutionise the way we do many many things, some of which I actually might get involved in in the future. I guess I’m just happy to wait and let everyone else experiment with all these new fads and then I’ll join in later on….