One of the most challenging things about social media is the sheer speed of it. New applications, services, platforms, messaging channels and technologies pop up every month – presenting social media professionals with a steep, never-ending learning curve “treadmill.”
In 1965, Intel engineer Gordon Moore observed a technological expansion trend where the number of transistors on a computer chip seemed to double every two years. His prophecy, known as “Moore’s Law,” has proven true to this day. Technologists and futurists have observed that Moore’s Law also applies to software – and in particular, I’m noticing how much it applies to social media.
The volume of social media applications and communications increases with lightning speed. image: Fantom Designs
The more deeply you get involved in the social web… the faster the volume of personal messages, signals, interactions and relationships — which demand your attention and response — seems to multiply:
Stories to Digg. Tweets to rely to. E-mail. Blog posts to write. IMs. Comments to leave. Invitations to connect on LinkedIn. High school friends’ requests on Facebook. Meetup RSVPs. Ning groups. BrightKite check-ins.
The saving grace for the social media professional is that while the volume of signals increases quickly, the number of innovative “power tools” for managing and aggregating social media communications increases, also. New social software tools like FriendFeed, Ping.FM, Tweetdeck, Yahoo Pipes, and Whizz RSS make communications and consolidation easier – although some argue they can be another distraction.
It all balances out. Social media “power tools” help us cope. image: Oddsock
Successful social media professionals must have the innate technological savvy and genuine curiosity to discover, learn and use the very best tools and plug-ins efficiently… or else they risk getting burned out, buried in an avalanche of noise, or becoming professionally obsolete in less than a year’s time.
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