Hashtags, Posts, Tweets, and Timelines...Oh My!
Is it just me or are we becoming a bit overloaded with information and urgent messages at an alarming rate these days? Don’t get me wrong, information is a very real commodity and we would be wise to recognize the value and benefit of such. The problem for me is that I often feel like George Custer must have felt as he was dodging arrows and bullets. There is just so much coming from so many different directions that it is hard to know where to focus our energies. And the speed at which these new technologies or new uses of current technologies are coming at us is something right out of the old Jetson’s cartoon; except maybe that robotic housekeeper, I haven’t yet see that one!
I have to admit, late last year and early this year I just decided to get with the program and figure it out as I went along. Needless to say, that has left a lot to be desired, but at least I am on the field and in the game. Somewhere along the way, I have amassed enough “friends” on Facebook that they number nearly a third of the entire population of my hometown. Back when I was growing up I had only one true “follower” and that was my best friend and precious pet dog Corky. I think he often just followed me because he knew we would probably be stopping by the donut shop along my paper route. Like me, he too loved donuts!
Since that time I would imagine that most of those who have taken a chance and followed me, have likely done so mostly out of curiosity. And as for those crazy “hashtags”, we were using those years ago for our high-tech games of Tic-Tac-Toe. Now of course it’s hashtag this or hashtag that on Twitter; it’s like a foreign language to those who are on the tech-sidelines. I even have a friend who has the nickname “hashtag” for goodness sakes. And this whole deal with being Linked-In can also be a bit overwhelming. I’m not sure that everyone in my digital rolodex is taking full advantage of these social media platforms, but it sure seems as though more and more are getting engaged like it or not.