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Last updated on December 4, 2014 at 2:08 am
It is hard to imagine the lives of many heavy users without Facebook. Professionals from the virtual mining guild, who persistently dig through avalanches of dirt and stone in search of worthwhile veins of attention, state in unison that “they often post status updates also privately”. I don't care about it, or better said: I don't care about it, but I would like to think that, in addition to the ubiquitous Facebook and the high-frequency Twitter, there were not finally networks again that focus on qualitative, in-depth and technically competent conversations and where breakfast jam sandwiches that appear occasionally are at least provided with an original image of the Virgin Mary.
I never believed that satisfying conversations could be mapped in a reciprocal staccato format of 140 characters each with almost no loss. I see that an ever larger part of digital communication no longer takes place verbally / in writing, but visually, and even with the worst of will I can see the decay of neither morals nor culture in it. The fact that monitoring tools unanimously also attest Facebook postings the spice in a short time does not surprise me at all in view of the usage practice of the most popular social network - but that Mark Zuckerberg's ingenious prank once and for all all overflowing, know-it-all, argumentatively brilliant, dubious trolls Bit chatter is said to have washed into the deep ocean of the Dark Net, only hard-core Schopenhauerinnen can want to believe in that.
There we have this wonderful, new-social online world, which finally turns a network of devices into a network of people, brings like-minded people together, comes as close to the idea of McLuhan's already global village as old Mäc would hardly have himself let dream. And then everyone hang out on the virtual agora and show each other dog videos on Popelfon 3.0, with which you can finally count push-ups?
Mark Zuckerberg hits the usual notches that are slowly becoming bland.
No not only. I really enjoy staying in contact with friends and acquaintances. When it comes to getting to know new people, however, I am quite picky: I prefer to speak to people who are interested in the same topics as I am, to people from whom I can learn something, ideally vice versa. What I like about the Internet is that good conversations can sometimes drag on so incredibly * long * if they take place on the right platform.
And that is guaranteed not to be Twitter or Facebook: there are certainly enough exceptions there, but fast turnaround times are the rule there, unlike my three current favorites. So if I could only take three social media networks with me to the famous island, then I would have to smuggle in a second smartphone for Facebook and Twitter.
The communities rock on Google+
Anyone who uses Google+ for a long time will at some point be surprised to find that there is no Facebook competition at work here, but that completely different forces are raging. This has to do with the asynchronous structure of the “circles” on the one hand, and on the other hand with the far less widespread effect: here, an above-average number of professional communicators who have already gone through the hard school of Facebook communicate. In addition, you never know whether too much posting frequency and / or nonsense will have a measurable impact on the Google data chimera stored for all time ... this mixture of elitism and voluntary self-restraint has produced a start page that is quite good as the colorful postilion of the Generation 15-80 goes through. Here it is still good form to say thank you for +1’s individually and in a friendly manner.
Google's third large-scale experiment in matters of social networks shows its strengths beyond assumed SEO impacts in the communities: where else should I spend several days discussing with some colleagues and entrepreneurs from the funeral industry about which industries will be changed by the social web and how? If Google+ communities continue to boom, the long lead times for the individual discussions will probably decrease as the number of postings increases - until then I am looking forward to the dialog-centered conversations, which, in my opinion, are very beneficial to Facebook's “fire-and-forget” mentality. Of course, I've also set up a G + Page for this blog, and I'm also posting tips and tricks on Google+ in the - still very young - datenschmutz community.
My favorite place to read LinkedIn
The CV management is only apparently at the center of LinkedIn: to call the site the American counterpart to Xing would be simply insulting. The certainly excellent search functions play a subordinate role for me, but as a business magazine, LinkedIn has long outstripped TechCrunch and Mashable for me. Every day the homepage offers an exciting mix of selected editorial content from opinion leaders from various industries, in the status feed I often come across exciting specialist articles that my contacts recommend - and if I want to go into more detail on individual topics, I put the discussion in one Group away. I can highly recommend OMOe - Online Marketing Austria, which Astrid Dietrich and I moderate together, to all online marketing experts.
Quora would be a full-time job
Mysterious among the social networks: Quora has so far enjoyed quite limited popularity in Europe. Posting is only allowed in English, slacking is frowned upon, the core of the site is a sophisticated question-and-answer system divided into hundreds of categories, and users can also set up their own blogs.
Quora does not impress with sophisticated publishing features, but with the huge amount of high-quality, playfully consumable content as well as a well thought-out point system: Quora authors exchange credits that are received for votes on their own contributions for more visibility on the platform. Here you can find technical discussions next to threads about the best atheist jokes - in 30 minutes you deal with the moral order of values of different countries, with the internals of a programming language and with military disobedience - and you can't stop reading.
A correction function, which is also often used by experienced users, ensures an amazing language level. Quora posters sometimes take a long time to answer. Where a Wikipedia article offers an overview and the most important facts on a topic, a Quora thread shows a lot of facets in the smallest detail. The page reminds me a little of Michael Ende's Neverending Story - with the crucial difference that the many side stories shouldn't be told another time, but instead are constantly being written on. On the other hand, I would like to go into the details of this wonderful learning and time destruction machine another time - or just ask me on Quora: www.quora.com/Ritchie-Pettauer.
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