I really like this approach to blogging. I ask a question before I go to bed here in the UK and when I wake up my friends back in the US have answered the question for me (along with a few Brits). Then while they’re all asleep I round-up the answers into a blog post. This is great.
So last night’s question was one I’ve been pondering for a while:
What got me thinking about it is that as more and more of our lives become woven into the fabric of social media, I find it harder and harder to separate my personal and private lives. I start viewing every Facebook post, Tweet or photo as a mini campaign. I start looking at patterns in likes, retweets and comments.
I watch my friends and families behavior to see how it changes over time. I watch what changes they freak out and which ones they don’t even notice. I watch generational differences between my 13-year-old daughter and her friends and my parents and their siblings. I note uses in mobile posting and which apps they use.
To use a crude analogy from my time in Vegas, I’m like a gynecologist at a strip club. When I’m not at work, and I should be having fun I still view the whole experience clinically.
I’ve apologized for this behavior before and while some of this is just the way I am, and the way a lot of you are – we’re naturally curious and enjoy pattern recognition – but some of this is the hazards of the work we do.
The common thread in all of these social media meltdowns is that the “person” took the wheel and the “professional” took the back seat.
In other words, caught in the heat of the moment, (or in a fit of passion) these people acted very … well, human (in many cases, however, still inappropriately so).
Can we blame them? The beauty of social media is that people are allowed to finally be themselves. Transparency, authenticity and all that, right?
I wondered out loud: “Do we expect social media pro’s to be more human than human?”
When you work in social media and play in social media, you can’t help but feel like you’re always on. Always.
And when I asked you what you felt were the occupational hazards of working in social media boy did you guys have something to say about it.
I would point out that Dan used to run social media for T-Mobile. I’m sure those outages from a year or so ago weren’t any fun for him.
On Facebook @seanodmvp commented: getting so close to the echo chamber of so called social experts that you lose all perspective
And on Path, @jasonfalls said: Physically, none. But your ego will be routinely crushed.
I received probably close to 30 answers. There are too many to include here but thanks to everyone that responded to my query:
@angelbc @jeremymeyers @nathanmisner @jonomarcus @kg @paolojr @FoxSaidWhat @Hokuboku @dananderson @wisejohnp @wisejohnp @timbursch @aaretz @jenniferwinberg @ronschott @mikewhitmore @litmanlive @JHouston89 @jenharris09 @venson @michellerafter @susanbeebe @npja @jasonfalls @bobbbyg @jnoche
I’d love to hear what you guys think? Do you work in social media? What occupational hazards do you find?
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