Sloppy Social Media (Well, really, sloppy blogging)

Honestly, I’m getting a bit tired of the constant stream of opinions delivered to me via social media these days. I know that, while I’m tired of it, it’s not going to stop. I also know that I can just choose to stop reading it. I also realize that there is an irony to even making this a blog post. I’m contributing to the noise that I’m complaining about.

What’s inspiring me is the sloppiness of it all.

There is this pressure to spew info out there on a constant basis. I really think that something has to give because a lot of it is simply noise. It’s this mad scramble to be the first to get the most Facebook mentions, retweets, Diggs, Stumbles, etc. It sounds hauntingly like newspapers way back when fighting to break the story first. Breaking a story can still be a great thing, but news is so ubiquitous now that it’s being rewritten or simply reposted on hundreds of websites within hours if not minutes.

It’s just rare to see some truly thoughtful work and thoughtful perspectives. I’d prefer to see more of that.

What is irking me is quality or, more accurately, a lack of quality. I know that went I’m in a rush to hit the “publish” button the quality of my work suffers. I like to give myself time to check my facts, check my spelling and grammar, dig for more information and see if there is another angle.

What inspired this?

I was reading yet another article on the Facebook privacy mess. There was nothing new to what this blogger wrote. I then get to the end and there was just a glaring typo. I know it happened simply because the pressure to publish fast is huge. The writer would have caught it had she just put the piece aside and come back to it. The problem is when you’re writing for a blog with a news slant, the pressure is on to hit publish quickly.

I won’t link to the post because it’s not that blog post per se that’s irked me. It’s seeing that sort of careless error come up over and over that irks me. The trade off of this great technology is just a lot of bad writing and flimsy reporting going on.

I don’t think anything will slow it down. I just hope that the quality work rises to the top and gets found so that I don’t have to suffer through too much crap.

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From ReadWriteWeb: Social Networking Use Triples from Only a Year Ago

This is so worth reading, so I’m quoting the first section and linking you to the rest.

From ReadWriteWeb: Social Networking Use Triples from Only a Year Ago

Obsessed with Facebook? You’re not alone. The hours you spend logging on to update your status, post photos, and make comments on friends’ walls is not simply a “phase” you’re going through which will end sometime soon. It’s a ongoing trend affecting everyone these days and it has serious implications for the online advertising industry.

According to new figures from Nielsen, the amount of time spent surfing social networking and blogging sites had tripled since last year, suggesting “a wholesale change in the way the Internet is used,” says Jon Gibs, VP of media and agency insights at the company’s online division.

As of August 2009, the time spent on social networking and blogging sites accounts for 17% of the total time spent online, a number up 6% from a year ago. This change reflects a growing desire for people to stay connected with each other, communicate and share, reports Nielsen.

Click over to ReadWriteWeb for more and here is the link to that Nielsen Report.

Times are ‘a changin’.

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