Social Media Is the S&M of Our Time

I Don’t Mean to Complain But… (Yes, I Do)

Social Media are really a damn pain.    I do one or two blog posts and then I have to spend more time socializing them than I did writing them in the first place.  s and m

They say (the cognoscenti) that a reaction against Social Media is coming, that it will lead to a big shake-out and there will be fewer surviving  sites for us ink-stained wretches to deal with.

The Economist of London has already picked the S & M winners for us:  FaceBook and Twitter.   If The Economist is right, then those two big winners win, the others diminish or die, and the smart marketer better have a strong presence with the winners.

The problem is that most of the losers aren’t dead, or obviously dying, quite yet.  So, who wants to give-up on Stumbleupon, Digg or Disqus ?  LinkedIn – a niche holding survivor?  Probably, but who knows.  In the mid 1990”s I worked for a dot-com and visited Netscape in Mountain View many times – they sure looked like winners at the time.

For now, the wise Netizen must feed FriendFeed and buzz up to Buzz Up!  The only thing you can afford to give-up now is sleep.

Really.  S & M isn’t so much fun as it’s cracked up to be.

  4 comments for “Social Media Is the S&M of Our Time

  1. December 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Since when has the Economist become the trend spotter of the social media world? Methinks they are a bit too staid to be relied upon as the Faith Popcorn of the Internet. My own feeling is the winner will be a name we don’t yet know. I think Facebook is going to face problems as more businesses use it aggressively, pushing those darned teens to yet again find a new medium of their own. Ever hear of Xenga? That was the winner of the past. It’s easy to know the names of the past. What we won’t know are the wining names of the future — largely because Google hasn’t invented them yet!

  2. December 8, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    P.S. No need to reply. I know you don’t want to have to “socialize!”

  3. December 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Love your article. I’m learning about the world of Social Media and it really is a lot! I hope I’m one of the survivors

  4. December 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Makes you wonder what social media companies apart from Twitter and Facebook cost to operate. Theoretically, you might see the survival of all of these companies across the board — that is, if their costs were low enough. But survival would appear a long way from market-dominance. And, if Twitter and Facebook drew the users of these smaller social media service providers, then these smaller providers would probably fold (even if their operating costs were low).

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