Two weeks ago a good friend asked me how much time I was wasting on social media. He is not a blogger, never uses Facebook and refers to Twitter as â€œjust another time suck.â€
He snorted and told me that he needed a more substantive answer than that. I nodded my head and showed him the picture above.
It is a shot of Lake Placid that I took last summer. As we stared at the photo I explained to him that prior to leaving I went on Twitter and asked for help finding some restaurants and things to do with the kids.
Twenty minutes was all it took to receive a list of recommendations from people I know. That request for help saved a chunk of time I would have spent researching things online.
That is the kind of information exchange that I love. Quick and effective. And that is part of why I love Twitter.
Google+ Is Different
Google+ is different from Twitter. Since it doesnâ€™t have the constraints of a 140 character count it encourages a deeper, more free flowing conversation.
On Twitter if you want to have a private conversation you need to send a direct message. It is different on Google+
The circles that you use to group your contacts help to address some of the privacy concerns that people have and make it easier to communicate with a smaller group.
It doesnâ€™t relieve you of the burden of concern that others might one day be able to read your â€œprivate thoughtsâ€ but it does make it more difficult.
I am a big fan of the hangouts and the access to personalities you might not otherwise be able to engage with.
Hangouts are video chats that you can hold with one person or twenty. It has been a real pleasure to have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with some of the bloggers and folks I have met on Twitter.
Windows Live Writer
I downloaded Windows Live Writer based upon a post that Jessica Gottlieb wrote about itÂ in which she said it improved her productivity.
I figured that since it was free it couldnâ€™t hurt to check it out and am using it to write this post.
Thus far I am ten minutes into my Windows Live Writer experience and it appears to be doing what it is supposed to do- make it easier to blog.
And that my friends is something that will always grab my attention.
You are invited to share your own thoughts and experiences in the comments.
P.S. One of the teachers at my kidsâ€™ school referred to the song below as old people music.
I don’t know what happened but Windows Live Writer inserted a bunch of spaces into my post. So instead of point, click, post and walk I have been forced to come back and edit it a couple of times. The obvious question is what made that happen. I guess now I’ll have to check into user error or see if there is some other “glitch” that caused this.