I consider myself internet savvy. I’m quick to spot a spam email that appears to be from a friend and I can spot a phishing attempt from a block away. I know about blogging. I’ve participated in various community forums in the past and probably will in the future.
I think Twitter and Facebook are the new telephone party line. You can listen and participate in the conversations of friends and colleagues on countless topics, some funny, some sad, others serious. Nevertheless, it’s all fleeting and fleeing.
Yesterday, I was writing an email to someone I’m working with on a project. It occurred to me that I could get my point across if I could give them the link to an article I found through Twitter.
I thought I remembered who posted the article; it’s someone I follow on Twitter and read on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I could not remember the name of the article. I spent ten fruitless minutes trying to find that article on Twitter and Facebook.
Now, I know that there are social bookmarking tools that I can use to save important articles and I do use them. However, bookmarking only works if you remember what you bookmarked! If you add retweeting into the mix, the source of the article could be anyone I follow. Still for all its fleetingness, I think social media is here to stay.