Do You Have Social Media Fatigue?

Are you growing weary in keeping up with your blogs, Facebook and Tweets? I think the key to remember is that technology should help or improve our social and business lives. Blogs were created for an alternative viewpoint outside of the professional press or a place for niche interest communication. It this happening or are we all just reposting what everyone else is saying on his or her blogs? Facebook is supposed to improve or augment your social life, but has it replaced real life with a digital version? Twitter was designed for short spontaneous communication. But sites like Twitip have posted Tweet plans to use with a program that sends out prewritten Tweets “spontaneously” at regular intervals.

Another post talks about the practice of #followfriday. It started out as a good idea. You recommend your favorite Tweets, but in practice people mindlessly flooded long lists of Twitter usernames every Friday – turning a social media into a broadcast media. And NPR recently reported about teens using Twitter to organize flash mobs for illegal activities.

Are we all really meant to generate content? If  we all have blogs and we’re all trying to generate traffic to them, yet there is already too much out there how will that ever work? Maybe some consolidation needs to occur like in any industry when there are to many providers of a product or service. Maybe we need to take a lesson from old media and have fewer blogs but more unique contributors to those blogs. Remember newspapers? They attract or used to attract a large audience for dialing sharing of information, but they have a staff of writers responsible for generating that content.

The author of the blog The Nonist closed his blog after 5 years of publishing. From his experience he generated a satire of a disorder called Blog Depression. You can check it out at the link below if you wish. Here are two of his “facts.”

FACT: Meta-bloggers may experience particularly severe blog depression when they realize everyone is continually posting the same stuff, on every other meta-blog, over and over and over, the realization that meta-content is never “owned” can be painfull.

FACT: Blog readers want to be entertained, the vast majority will do so passively, you are like a tiny television network to them, if you do not blog for your own pleasure you’re in for some serious blog depression.

Why do you blog? Why do you Facebook? Why do you Tweet?

Can The iPad Save My Newspaper?

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report last year said that over the next five years, newspapers will lose $13 billion losing about 32 percent of its advertising revenue to digital. At the same time the global entertainment and media market as a whole will grow by 2.7 percent. How are newspapers making up for those loses?

Starting in January 2011, a visitor to discovered that they can now only view a certain number of articles free each month. To read more, they must pay a flat fee for unlimited access.

The New York Times has also released the Times Reader 2.0, powered by Adobe AIR. It is a downloadable software application offering a digital experience of The Times. It works on Windows, Mac OS or Linux and is delivered to your computer in less than a minute. Limited access is free, but full access to content cost $3.45 per week.

Then after revolutionizing computer, music and smartphone industries Steve Jobs steps in to save the newspaper. He is kind of quoted in The New York Times as saying, “Steve believes in old media companies and wants them to do well,” said a person who has seen the device and is familiar with Apple’s marketing plan for it, but who did not want to be named because talking about it might alienate him from the company. “He believes democracy is hinged on a free press and that depends on there being a professional press.”

How much does it cost to keep a professional press? The Wall Street Journal iPad app bills itself as free, but clicking on the more info button reveals that is for limited content. Full access will cost you $17.29 a month. Will consumers pay?