I must admit, I’m baffled and intrigued by social networking on many levels. There are days when I find it interesting and days when I think it is a total waste of time. I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time and rather than put this down in a concise article, I’ve decided this blog post would be more of an ongoing running commentary in which I’ll add thoughts, ideas, facts and observations as they occur to me. So here goes:
1.) Some people have social networking personalities, some don’t.
2.) When you embark in social networking such as Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook is there something you should be doing instead?
3.) Does anyone really care about what I have to say?
4.) Is Facebook a personal tool, whereas LinkedIn and Twitter is more of a business tool?
5.) Where do all these social networking experts get their degrees?
6.) I’ve read both Twitterville by Shel Israel and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.
7.) My Twitter address is www.twitter.com/tonyholowitz.
8.) If you follow me on Twitter, I won’t follow you back unless you are an existing client, friend or family member. Why you might ask, well it’s very simple. I think it is very rude to follow someone when you realize you most likely won’t have the time to read what someone has to say or comment on.
9.) My LinkedIn address is www.linkedin.com/in/tonyholowitz
10.) I have a client base that I do regular follow-up with by email and phone. When I ponder spending some time on social networking sites I always feel that I should be spending time with my clients instead.
11.) I’m really not a Facebook kind of guy, it just doesn’t suit my personality because I tend to keep things that are personal to myself.
12.) My last name is Holowitz which is somewhat unique; it’s not Smith for example. Because of this, people can find me easier than they can find things about someone named John Smith.
13.) I guess it goes without saying that I don’t care what you had for lunch today.
14.) I’m a cyclist and a fan of Lance Armstrong, so I find it interesting to hear what he has to tweet during and after a big bike race. But I wonder whether it is a tool or propaganda to throw his competitors off course.
15.) People that are on the road or waiting in airports for their flights always have time to kill and I can see how social networking can help you feel connected to home.
16.) Most of my friends didn’t even text until their kids got cell phones.
17.) If you are in business, I think you should make a list of all the things you should be doing before you take the time to embark in social networking.
18.) If you are new to business and you don’t have a client base or prospect list, I can understand the appeal of using social networking to get your message out and to develop relationships with potential customers.