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July 14, 2008

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Oh I know, I know. A buttload of links is more links than you could imagine but most of them stink!

@ David

LMAO! I almost spit my water out all over my laptop at this comment!

How true, how true, how true! :)

Perhaps as time goes on, and we flesh all this out, we may find ourselves being social at some places and marketers at others. For instance, we may get to know each other well, and on a social basis, at places like Plurk, but we "use" those relationships from a marketing standpoint on social news sites where we share friends stories. I think it may all be to new to know anything for sure just yet.

Well, I am pretty sure you know how I feel on this. More and more I am unsure of the true value or social media and it's associated social aspects. Certainly there are some SEO benefits to it, but I don't look at them in this light. I have been a user and contributor not a SMM type thus no client benefits to be had.

Some have implied that I receive some type of benefit from being a Sphinner, but it has not been the case.... I am a non-profit blogger. Those whom think otherwise are free to contact me.

I can't believe how some top Diggers/Sphinners/Stumblers I spoke with of late have NEVER even had a quick email to say thanks... makes us all look like schmucks IMO.... and I for one have lost interest in it all.

As you mentioned, social networking is far more rewarding and that's where my time is likely to be spent once more... thanks for the support dear, is always appreciated...someone cares at least... that is what really matters to me.

This is just another signal/noise issue. I think that the very nature of social media is that it possesses all the normal traits of interaction, but in a distributed manner. Where our physical bodies and identities are bound up in a set of impressions in one place and time, our virtual identities are bound up in impressions from all over the net.

Thus, since life is messy, social media and virtual life will be messy. While things being clean and discrete make doing the job of social media marketing easier, the messy and chaotic factor is simply part of the nature of the game. The reason people like these services is that they feel like a part of their lives; life is messy.

The social web was a great idea but is a wall we beat our heads against. I will admit there are time such as when a site is new and fresh that it works. Yet most well known sites fail in the worst possible way to the average user. The ability to communicate is stifled and stale crowded with marketers like us drowning the people.

There are some that push real social potential but none have yet hit the mark. Not always a fault of their own. Every site needs income to survive and the current technology just cant bring a real human feel to the web yet.

Just my view bash me if im wrong, everyone has an opinion just like me the a......e :)

peace

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