This graphic illustrating which social network is best for which type of posting was all over Facebook yesterday. It seems like all the social media geeks and a few non-SM-geeks got a chuckle over the logic that was all too accurate. My favorite qualifying questions:
Do you want anyone to see it? ("No" response leads to Google+--ouch!)
Is it boring? ("Yes" response leads to LinkedIn. Again, ouch!)
However, as a follow up to the Google+ owie above, Chris Abraham has written an information-packed post on why it makes sense to use Google+. Abraham reports that Google+ was rushed out early as a response to Twitter cutting off access to Google for search results. The big benefit to using Google+, he reports, is search results:
For anyone that really cares about being part of search, anyone who cares even a little bit about Google’s search hegemony, there’s another benefit to participating in Google+: search priority, search timeliness and search relevance.
As for the LinkedIn boring rule? Sorry can't help there--LinkedIn is for the run-of-the-mill stuff in my book.
The power of laughing at oneself... and musings on spam
And now, I know how spam began. My fingers must've slipped, and I never needed AutoCorrect more than at this moment:
Oh, and did I mention that I cross-posted it to Facebook using HootSuite?
As the Twitter and Facebook jokes rolled across the interwebz, I had two separate thoughts.
Laughing at oneself is a powerful gift.
This must be how spam got started.
I'm imagining that somewhere, back in the early 90s, someone sent an email with a similar typo in it and was flooded with responses. And in that same somewhere, one guy said, "Hey... if you add an unrelated yet compelling keyword to a correspondence, people click on it. I bet I can get really unethical people to pay me to do this."
Actually, it turns out, I'm half right. Wikipedia documents the first instance of commercial spam in 1994 by a pair of lawyers (I'm shocked) using a Usenet posting to advertise their immigration law services. If Britney Spears or Justin Bieber had been around at that time, I'm sure their names would have appeared prominently in the entry.
That being said, I'm happy to see that my friends also have a sense of humor:
Getting a little harried already? Feeling the budget is a little low? Chris Penn of the Financial Aid Podcastput together a great PDF of 5 gifts you can give to others that won’t cost you a dime, and 5 gifts
you can give to yourself that are also free but invaluable. Personally, I'm drooling at the #1 gift you can give yourself! I must have that!