Social Media is not an issue, people are*

 

*Update: Thanks to good friend Eden Spodek for pointing out grammar error, it’s wonderful to have expert watch out for me 🙂

 

There, I said it.

 

For the longest time, we have been saying, or preaching, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, and others out there, these are different platforms for different communication purposes, so DO NOT cross post.  Quite often, I challenge the so-called “Social Media Consultant”, “Social Media Coach” for not doing their jobs right so their clients (or even themselves)  are still cross-posting, as I have seen far more home-made cupcakes pictures or kids winning hockey game photos on LinkedIn, various #hashtags during awards/popular TV shows on Facebook (which this recent change will only delight marketers), and have to hide most of the posts/status updates; but  I understand people want to cross-promote, people want to maximizing marketing efforts especially if it’s part of their business; I can live with it and will support it as much as I can… until this really got on my nerve —

Send massive event invites to people in your Google Plus Circles

Yes, sending event invites from G+, can you even imagine?  I am sure it’s another smart tactic that marketers come up with, it’s free after all; but the way I see this it’s much worse than Facebook.  Not only it’s just simply wrong, it’s wrong in a way that is intrusive, it’s wrong that the event got into my calendar without my permission; it’s so wrong that it messed up my calendar and I got confused and was like, am I going to this event or what?

See this yourself for what I mean by intrusive, on the left is Facebook ( I know I have 11 events invite and I get to decide whether to put into my calendar or not; on the right is that darn Google Plus invite automatically goes into calendar, yes you can argue (1) my calendar is  not that busy, (2) I can still decide whether to go or not; the point is — it is out of my free will to appear here.  You can be sure this person is uncircled.

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Social Media is people business, run by people to deal with people; put a little heart in it and not annoying people please.

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Sara Chi Written by:

Sara is a mother of two witty, wonderful teen/tween girls who she tries to embrace with girl power without exasperation. Sara asks a lot of whys, this may or may not have something to do with the girls, however, please don't ask why she does that. Sara often speaks her mind with bluntness and people think she is funny, it has happened more than she can count. As smart as she is, this remains mysterious.