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Pedantic semantics

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Social media.

What is it?

It’s not Facebook. Nor is it Twitter. They’re channels, or at best Social Mediums.

Social Media is media that is designed to be shared. It can be an image, a piece of text, a video… whatever. But the whole point of it is that it can be passed along, replicated, spread.

Social Media wants to grow. To replicate. To do this it uses channels and we, hapless fools that we are, happily multiply it filling the hard drives of everyone we know with digital duplicates.

I recently taught my father how to use Picasa (by taught I obviously mean “hey old man, quit sending me the pictures and get Google to host them.” He countered with the customary “I have no idea what you’re talking about”, and we devolved into the standard me trying to remain calm as we engage in Mac vs Pc vs Safari vs Chrome vs Boomer vs GenX vs concrete vs what the hell, how did we get here and what has that got to do with anything?) and he’s getting right into it (only took nine months). Now I not only get links, but he’s even asking me to update his site with images taken directly from the gallery instead of the ones I usually get on a CD. (I got the CD handed to me too when I went over just in case but, you know, baby steps.)

But I digress.

So, Social Media. I know it’s pedantic as all get out and not worth worrying about but it bothers me.

Lots.

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Just because you can

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Doesn’t mean you should. Take the can of self heating coffee that tempts so … drink me, I’m warm and you’re not, I have caffeine …

Now the problem with this innovation is not that the can is, impressively, self heating; no, that’s a great idea that has been tested, developed and¬†succeeds.
The problem is that they didn’t stop innovating there and invented something that Douglas Adams would recognise as almost, but not quite entirely, unlike coffee.

I will try the next self heating product I come across, but that’s mainly due to me being far too trusting. Most people presented with this will tar all self heating cans with the same brown liquid.

First impressions are important, and not just regarding people.¬† Take the recent political Twitter debate for Western Sydney; I can imagine the strategy conversation “Twitter allows people to ask questions directly of the candidates? Amazing! Let’s do that!”

Unsurprisingly we ended up with a debate that the moderator couldn’t moderate, the participants couldn’t follow, and the constituents couldn’t take anything meaningful away from.

Before you leap into the fray with your big idea stop and look; then ask yourself if you should.

Then do it anyway.