Saturday, May 9, 2009

Social media time shifting

I have changed my blog's title and its purpose. I found that I didn't always want to discuss online video which is at the core of my company (Socially Collaborative Media, Inc.) but rather whatever was on my mind, and topics that I don't see mentioned very often within the blogosphere. 

Today I want to talk about the concept of time and how it relates to social media. 

Before I truly got passionate and involved with Twitter, I was dedicated to updating this blog 2-3 times/week with thoughts, analysis, and ideas about the online video space. But now as I use Twitter more and more, I have reduced the amount of time I spend blogging and increased the amount of time I spend Tweeting and connecting with individuals on the popular service. 

It got me thinking about how we use our time as new websites and social media tools are released, and where the time needs to come from in order to feed our new interests. 

I have to admit that before social networking sites like Facebook arrived on the scene, that I used to spend more time out with friends in physical settings. But now I find myself connecting with more friends online, and have reduced my physical connections by about 80% over the last 3 years. 

Another shift in my time allocation is that I have vastly reduced the amount of time I watch TV, so now I rely on the web to provide the video content I like, when I want it to watch it, and how I want to consume it. The shift from analog to digital is well underway, and leaves me to wonder what TV as a medium is really is becoming. I think that the closed cable box will give way to open "social broadband TV" but that's a whole other post and debate. 

Cell phones used to be about talking where and when you needed to, but now I see more people using their devices for texting than verbally communicating. 

I have been thinking about the future of time, and it makes me ponder the thought that maybe it all depends on company innovation and the way they transform our social habits. I mean I never expected to get consumed by Twitter, and like many others thought it was stupid when it was first released in 2007. I guess I still would if nobody adopted it, and if vibrant community conversations didn't currently exist from millions of people. 

Even time that was used to attend conferences, business meetings, and seminars is being replaced with time now being invested into watching conferences live online, collaborating in real-time virtual meeting spaces, and I have never been invited to so many webinars as I have been just recently. 

Is your use of time changing because of social technologies? Do you feel that social media is making you a more time efficient person?  

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