Here are the top five things I like the most and least about social media.
Top five favorite
1. Interaction – I love being connected to anyone and everyone. Twitter and Facebook have allowed for endless interactions with readers, friends and family.
2. Links – I love when Twitterers (Twits?) post links to interesting stories. I have read more interesting stories from more interesting places in the past six months than I have in the last six years.
3. Twitpics – I love when pictures are posted on Twitter. I (almost) always look at them.
4. Meeting new people – I love looking through peoples friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter and finding new interesting people to talk to.
5. Immediacy – When the tanker exploded on I-75 in Detroit last week I saw it on Twitter within minutes. Even though I wasn’t there, I followed the news orgs in the area and felt really connected and up to date.
Top five least favorites
1. Hashtag overload: There’s nothing I hate more than seeing a tweet like “I went to the #Watertown #Zoo #Sunday to see the #NewOtterExhibit. It was #fun.” Was that really necessary?
2. People who actually answer the question: What are you doing? I don’t care that you’re eating oatmeal for breakfast. I do care what interesting tidbit you’re thinking or talking about. Only answer that question if you’re doing something really exotic, interesting or baffling.
3. Being connected – Sometimes I just can’t turn it off. There are days I don’t get to bed until 2 a.m. because I’m up reading everything being tweeted.
4. Keeping up – After a long weekend away it’s borderline hellish to read everything that’s been going on and get back to readers/fans/tweeps that want that interaction. This is where it’d be helpful having more than one person monitoring accounts.
5. Stole this one: Retweeting praise about yourself. We get it. Someone talked to you. You’re cool. RT’ing is a great way to get the word out on events, stories, thoughts, etc. Not a great way to tell everyone how awesome you are.