First and foremost, can I just say what a great weekend I had at the Mom 2.0 Summit? It was a wonderful mixture of old friends, new friends, learning, exploring, and of course, cheeseburgers. My Flickr set is here, and the whole group pool is here. It pretty much shows you the whole shebang better than I ever could.
(For those wondering what IS the deal with the cheeseburgers, it started a few years ago a BlogHer when some ladies got sick of the nibble food and were ready for some REAL FOOD. As for the paper bag hats, I think they explain themselves in their awesometivity.)
But one thing did kind of come out of the weekend that was surprising. Well, maybe not so much since I had heard of others talk of the phenomena before, but it had just have never happened to ME.
The Facebook / Twitter Wars.
See, here’s the thing. I am a big believer in finding the social media tools that work for you. Mine are, in order of importance:
1. My blog
5. Last.fm/iLike/Blip (I really haven’t settled in yet on one music site)
Notice where Facebook is in relation to Twitter?
I have had a Facebook account forever, but really only recently started paying attention to it as the onslaught of people from my past appeared. And it’s become such a weird mixture on there for me. Blog friends, IRL friends, PTA friends, high school friends, not to mention the mayor of Denver. That’s a big cross-section and I realize I can’t make all of them happy.
So I guess I shouldn’t have been all that surprised when I got complaints as the Mom 2.0 tweets blew hot and heavy. I am SURE it’s annoying for people not immersed in social media to have their Facebook page filled up with nonsense from some blogging conference in Houston. All the same, non-tweeting people could probably take a second and realize how hard it is to keep up with multiple social media outlets, AND that Twitter isn’t ALL that hard to understand if you bothered to dissect it. @name is a person, #something is an event. See? Not that hard.
But, I caved and I pulled my Twitter stream from Facebook. And I thought about it. I talked to people. And decided to turn it back on when I got home from Houston. Because it’s my stupid Facebook and I can do what I want with it. If I am THAT annoying there is always the unfollow option.
Or, scroll down to the bottom of your News Feed on Facebook and click “Options for News Feed” – and tell it to give you less Greeblemonkey. That simple.
I also see the other side. I do. So I also decided that I will turn twitter back off again when I go to another conference, like SXSW Interactive in Austin next month.
This whole topic is so fascinating to me, though. As people come onboard with networking sites, how do we find ways to get along and get things done?
How does it work for you?