Regular readers of this site, if there are actually any of you out there, have undoubtedly noticed a distinct lack of new content the past couple months since I’ve begun working full time. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is a sign of things to come, but its definitely much more difficult these days to commit the time necessary to post as often as I was before.
I realize that there are probably two types of people who might stumble across this site … those who are interested in the content I’m posting, namely articles about computers, cooking, cars, Christianity, and the occasional personal interest piece, and then there are those who are more interested in me as a person and follow this blog to see what I’m up to and what I’m thinking.
This post is mostly directed to this latter portion of my audience. I want to make sure you know that there are other ways that you can stalk me keep up with what I’m doing besides this blog.
For a long time I didn’t jump onto the bandwagon of friendly internet stalking social networking, however over the past 6 months I have decided to give it a go, and I must say that these days that the easiest way to follow along with my life is through these various mediums.
If you’re wondering about the repeated references to stalking, they are because of my inherent distrust and skepticism of the whole social networking scene. I think it’s really far to easy to simply seek out people you know and watch what they’re doing as they post to these networks and never actually take part in the “social” aspect of things.
But despite my skepticism, I figured that there might actually be some folks out there who are genuine in their intent to make this a social endeavor and that I might as well give it a try. So whether you’re just someone who wants to watch over my shoulder as I live out my life, or if you’re genuinely interested in networking with me, here are the places you can find me online:
Just look for Matthew E. McKimmy. I’m part of the Virginia Tech and Dayton, OH networks. I tend to frequent Facebook the most out of all these social networking tools, so this would be a logical place to start if you want to connect.
My username is mattmckimmy, and my Twitter home page is here. Twitter is notoriously flaky, though they seem to be getting a little bit better. I’ve never really fully understood how you’re supposed to “network” through Twitter, but I do post what I’m up to fairly regularly.
Again my username is mattmckimmy and you can find me here. I think I would actually prefer Plurk over Twitter if I ever used either of them regularly. It’s much more user-friendly and easier to understand. I also like the different verbs they encourage you to use, much more so than Facebook’s standard “is.” However, as of yet I don’t know of anyone else who uses Plurk.
Honestly I’m not sure how you’re supposed to find people on LinkedIn, but some friends invited me to join so I did. I do have a public profile anyone should be able to see. The idea behind LinkedIn is to leverage your social connections for business and career purposes, though I have yet to figure out how that would benefit me at this point.
Honestly I don’t really use Flickr, I only have 2 photos uploaded there at the moment. Even so, there is a possibility I might begin to use it more regularly. I have a number of friends who are on Flickr, and when it comes to social networking peer pressure is a powerful thing. If you want to check in and see if I’ve actually uploaded anything, check out my photostream.
And now for a confession … I cheat at social networking. Let me explain. Many of these social networking tools use little blurbs to let people know what you’re up to, how you’re feeling, etc. It seems silly to have to post the same sentiments or to have different, possibly conflicting messages in all these different places. So I use a great web service called Ping.fm to post to nearly all of them simultaneously. What does this mean for you? Well, it means that if you’re following me on Twitter and Plurk and watching my status updates on Facebook and LinkedIn, that you’re going to see the same message 4 times.
I do occasionally post something to one of them that isn’t duplicated elsewhere, however that’s probably not the norm. If you’re interested more in the networking aspect of social networking and not just the stalking, then Facebook is the primary place I tend to do that. That’s not to say I wouldn’t use these other services more regularly if people I knew also used them, however at this point most everyone I want to connect with seems to be on Facebook.
So how do you use social networks? Are you a silent facebook stalker? An avid twitterer? A flickr junkie? Do you have the same skepticism I have when it comes to using these tools to their fullest? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments …