The Mini-Mesh

Social media is being interwoven throughout our lives. The Mini-Mesh is an extension of The Media Mesh, sharing snippets of the fabric of social media to help others have a greater understanding.
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When I read this story last night, I started wondering why no one is saying the EXACT SAME THING about Facebook. I know at least half a dozen people who have more than one Facebook profile. A couple of those had as many as three - ALL of which are under pseudonyms. Once upon a time, even I had a second Facebook profile (I don’t anymore). One person I know used their real name for quite a long time, even setting up the vanity url for their Facebook profile. Then, I guess they decided to change their name on Facebook. I couldn’t figure out who I was friends with until I saw the url.

The thing is, with nearly 1 Billion accounts on Facebook (I won’t refer to them as “users” anymore), it’s practically impossible for Facebook to police multiple accounts or even real names. Which leads me to say that they should just stop. Let people use the tool in the way they’re comfortable using it. Not to mention that many jurisdictions allow citizens to assume names without legally changing them. So, maybe Facebook needs to loosen up. Frankly, they’re fighting a losing battle anyway.

I haven’t set up any pages yet for my various networks, but I hope to get started this week.

I keep seeing mixed reviews, though. Some are (predictably) saying that G+ pages are going to kill/win/beat Facebook pages. Others have said G+ rolled them out too soon.

I think the truth lies somewhere in between.

"…the benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs…"

The statement above pretty much sums up my own feelings about social networks - both online and in-person (and I believe really strongly that there should be crossover). Someone just shared this TED talk with me and I think it’s absolutely fascinating. It’s well worth the 18 minutes it will take you to watch.

How and who we connect with in life is made even more interesting now that we’re entering this even more intense phase of sharing of our lives online.

I included this article in the last Buzz and Brilliance that I post weekly so that my readers would know what was about to happen with Klout. Judging by the outcome of Klout rolling out the change, I’d say not enough people read about the changes that were coming.

There was a huge backlash when many scores plummeted and Klout CEO, Joe Fernandez came under fire for saying most wouldn’t drop or change. Was he right, despite the very vocal crowd who lashed out at the changes? I wonder. Many don’t pay attention to their scores and if your social media activity is based on increasing Klout (some actually stated this in the comments on Klout’s blog), it stands to reason that your score would likely drop with a tweaked algorithm.

Personally, I’m not bothered with my new and “improved” Klout score. I put improved in quotes because outward appearances are that it is a lot lower - by ten points - and that’s not an improvement. But I do think it’s a more accurate reflection of my level of influence where before it just seemed artificially inflated. I explained this further in my post about Klout earlier this week. 

I’m not the only one who talked about Klout the last few days, so I thought I’d do a roundup of the commentary I’ve seen, much of which has a lot of wisdom for people to consider when thinking about any metric of social media activity - not just Klout. There’s also some funny mixed in.

Your Klout Score Probably Just Dropped - Do You Care?, ReadWriteWeb

Klout.com Upsets the Blogosphere with New Metrics, LittleTechGirl.com

Klout Changes … Scores Drop and Complaints Rise, Social Media Today

Reminder: Your Klout Score Does Not Matter, Lockegnome

Nobody Gives A Damn About Your Klout Score, TechCrunch

#Kloutapocalypse: You’re Not That Influential, Deal With It, Social Media Today

Should you care how high your Klout score is?, GigaOM

5 Conclusions from the New Klout Scoring & Changes, Social Media Today

Klout and Keeping Up With The @Joneses, Social Media Today

Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real., {grow}

The Thing About Klout, Mama’s Losin’ It

Klout Algorithm: What Changed?, PhD in Parenting (Posterous)

Old Klout scores vs. New Klout scores, Awaken Your Superhero

Klout Responds to Questions and Critics, Social Media Today

Radio Roundtable: Klouty days ahead for Klout? and Chapstick’s FB lesson, CustomScoop

If, after all that, you’re ready to leave Klout behind, ReadWriteWeb has made a list of 17 Alternatives to Klout that you might be interested in. I’m going to check them out, but I’m not revoking access to Klout. I think such a drastic change in their algorithm is questionable, but I’d have to care a lot more about my score to get mad over it. And I don’t think it’s a good idea for anyone to care that much OR start assuming that Klout’s changes this week are a basis to say it’s dying. Social metrics are tricky and all of them are going to have to adjust over time. That’s a big reason why we need to be careful about relying on them.

The current trend of politicians embracing social media channels to get their word out is a positive one, in my opinion. Social media is about a conversation and who should we be conversing with if not the leaders of various levels of government? Governments are accountable to the people who elect them for the decisions they make. Social media makes it easier for us to hold them accountable.

It’s not reasonable to expect that President Obama himself is the one tweeting and tumblogging and facebooking everything, but a conversation is taking place and I think Obama understands social media and its value, which is crucial to being effective. I hope that other politicians follow his example and make the conversation more rounded and open. Social media is an incredibly useful tool for communications, regardless of your political affiliation. It isn’t always a good barometer of who will win, though. We saw this in Canada in the last election.

Ultimately, my hope is that with the trend toward mainstream use of social media by government departments and elected officials (even through campaigns), that we’ll impress upon the population just how important it is to know what candidates want to do and how they plan to do it. If that leads to a higher percentage of people at the polls, then we all win.

This is only partially about privacy. It’s also about oversharing. As much as I like what Facebook is doing in theory, I’m concerned that the upcoming switch to timeline and frictionless sharing are the beginning of a sea of posts that will drown out any useful content.

And by useful, I mean the stuff I really want to see. Fortunately, there are measures that we can all take to prevent oversharing, a.k.a., annoying our friends.

Every single time I hear someone talking about Facebook's intrusiveness in our lives or their lack of respect for users' privacy these days, I get twitchy. This post made me twitchy.

Facebook did not force its 800 million users to join the site. They didn’t stand over their shoulder and coerce them - in any way - to share information about themselves. They don’t make it a requirement of joining that users install apps that access user data.

Much like Google, Facebook’s business model is built on information - yours and mine. Like all of our Web activity, we get to choose how much or how little we do. 

If you don’t like that Facebook wants your data, don’t give it to them. But if you join, know up front that user data is the foundation on which Facebook is built. It’s why Facebook has been and will remain a free service. Whether individuals use Facebook or not and how much they use it is up to each person to decide.

Don’t want your Facebook friends to know you’re going for a run? Don’t tell them.

Not interested in having your entire life chronicled on Facebook’s timeline? Don’t fill in the blanks.

The bottom line is that Facebook only gets out of us what we willingly give them. As one blogger I know put it: ”There is no free. When you use a free service, the currency you use to pay for it is your privacy.”