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Social Media can be a great marketing tool for business.  There is simply no arguing that,but when it comes to freely posting personal status updates when is posting to freely too much?

What is too much?   Does it mean too often or simply posting everything that moves you.    As privacy is a really important topic, have you ever thought that every status update becomes part of that company’s website database?   They may not “own’ the content, but it does have to be stored within the group website for functionality.

Many of us were raised with that advice that “you should not talk to strangers”, and yet in today’s world many very personal status updates may be posted for everyone to see.

Over the last 10 years, I have had a growing interest in how the internet itself works, and the dynamics can be very interesting.  I began to look at the use of the internet differently when I learned that some information (such as previous versions of my own website) is actually archived and stored……for years.

Upon discovering “Internet Archive: WaybackMachine”, did I look at using the internet a little differently.   An archive, really?

This past summer, I did a social media experiment and did not log into my personal account for 60 days, and removed the app from my phone.

After calculating that if I were to just view “what was going on” for only 1 minute, 10 times over a month, that was equal to 6 hours!  No way??!

Now why?   Something, was “technically wrong” with my business page, and support did not respond; initially.  I started questioning my own use of my “private page”, and took a break.

What I found is that going to lunch in person or truly catching up with family and friends…in person is much more rewarding than logging into a website to “see what is going on”.

As a marketing vehicle, social media is a great way for visitors to “see” what is going on.

For personal use, has social media become a fishbowl?   What you post publicly is what can be seen.

Is it TMI?


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