Criticism of Social Media and Web 2.0: Time to Put down the Web 2.0 Koolaid for a Productive Redirection
Beware of friends and media mavens bearing Koolaid:
I don’t want to be want to drink the koolaid but I also don’t want to be a rabid chicken little…so heres my middle ground:
Problem 1: Blogging Away in an Echochamber
There is a sense that as much as web 2.0 and pr folks talk about important issues in the social networking environment that its still an echochamber. That whatever we determine about Beacon is still just bouncing around 350 or so Blogs. While that can have a trickledown effect, its hardly news in mainstream media and if someone searches for Facebook…I don’t imagine anything comes up
Problem 2: The Disconnect to the Audience/Search Gateways
SEO is a dirty word. But content + SEO = success. Certainly content + community = success. But without SEO (or at least top search ranks) important info is being lost from the public. Its like the tree that’s falling with no one around.
A search for Facebook + Beacon on Google=s Techcrunch and Giga Om along with Download Squad and an article from Moveon.
A search for Facebook + Privacy on Google =’s Weinberger from Huffington Post (near the very bottom) and some old posts from 2006 including Dana Boyd.
Problem 3: Information Overload
There is a serious way in which Jeremiah’s desperation with keeping up is real. Very real. I think this has been echoed on virtually every other major blog on some level. If it hasn’t, I’m sure folks are thinking it—or just holding it in because they think it will scare clients away.
Problem 4: No Watercool. No Wiki. Where do great old posts go to die??
Does the best in the bloggosphere end up partially in delicious, stumbleupon, and digg never to be seen again. (certainly they all get ranks in the search engines—but there isn’t a central place for say best practices of Facebook and no place to put the best practices of Twitter post) I don’t know if delicious or wiki is the answer)
Problem 4: The Overload Blowback
A consequent problem from number 3, is lack to time to make connections. Lack of time to visit all my friends blogs and facebook postings. Lack of time to make creative media. Lack of time to make quality posts that will have value over the years. Lack of time for family. And the ultimate feeling of spinning your wheels.
I hope this is not overwhelming—and I hope it doesn’t sound too dire. I also hope its clear and to the point. I think one and three are probably the most important, but I think that they an interconnected issue.
Believe me. I am confident that things will get better and will improve. I just hope its sooner rather than later.
I have some solutions, but I’m curious what other folks think…. So what do you think? Do you agree and how can this be rectified? What needs to be done to move forward? Are their productivity and GTD hacks that can allieviate the fourth issue I identified? Are you guilty of being perplexed with the fourth issue?
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