How much is too much information?
I am a person who is signed up to social media in the form of having my own Twitter and Facebook accounts. I thought that the initial concept of Facebook, keeping up-to-date with friends and family through pictures and wall updates was great an idea. But now this group of people has extended to: work colleagues, former classmates and some “acquaintances”, if you are into the “numbers” game. Yes, I have seen personal contacts where they have 2,000 friends, and this is amazing considering that there are 365 days in a year. When would you get the time to keep in contact with all these people?
There are some positives to having a large amount of contacts on Facebook, it can be useful when plugging a concept, and advertising a business. So it is not all bad, since social media is a form of communicating to an audience, making your business seem “human”, not just a brand.
I happened to log onto my Facebook account recently and read a wall update, where one of my former school mates announced through the relationship status, that she had gone from being “engaged” to “single”. This was later changed back to being “engaged”; by this time there were people already commenting and questioning what had happened. So here comes the question: how much, is too much information? Is it right to be documenting very personal information about your life?
I am also a fan of Twitter and like how you can write a short tweet on a topic that interests you, even ones relating to how I am feeling at the time: “I am so annoyed with my accountant”.
Twitter is a place where you can find out information and I have tested this theory. I once tweeted about needing a new web designer, and within a few hours, had companies approaching me direct. So it can be a good resource of finding new business prospects. It can also act as a motivator, and there are some account holders who like posting positive thoughts of the day. One being @TheNoteboook, they specialise in relationships and some of their tweets have brought a smile to my face; and they currently have over 774,000 followers.
Twitter has also made celebrities accessible to the general public, and they too can get carried away and reveal their innermost thoughts. Duncan Bannatyne, the successful entrepreneur of Dragon Den’s fame, was reported to have told 352,000 of his followers about how he felt “suicidal”. This demonstrated to the public how “human” he is. Question, have people lost sense of the distinction between reality and cyber-world?