Tuesday March 10 | Social Media

March 9, 2009 at 9:22 am | Posted in Coming Up | 17 Comments

The rise of social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace is dominating the virtual world. These online communities are becoming powerful tools for fundraising, political activism and social change. There are negative effects as well, as critics say such interactions are pulling people farther apart. Social media is also changing the way we write, the way we date and the way we learn. We’ll examine some of the pros and cons.
Jason Keath – Founder, Social Media Club Charlotte
Angela Benton – Founder, BlackWeb20.com
Anita Blanchard – Assoc. Professor, Organizational Science, UNC Charlotte

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  1. You’ve picked a timely and important discussion!

    Charlotte is getting a lot of buzz in online circles as a city where exciting things are happening with regards to social media. And, at a time when the national economy is looking for a new identity, Charlotte’s entrepreneurial and creative classes are collaborating to position the city as a leader in social media for business.

    GREAT topic — I look forward to the show!

  2. When is Mike Collins going to get on Facebook and let us know who his BFF is?

  3. Excellent topic. I have heard Mike allude to social media in passing many times, usually “why oh why would you ever use Facebook/Twitter/Myspace?”. I am sure he will drive the conversation to quality places though.

    I can only wonder if he helps with this blog. If WFAE sees value in blogging, just wait until they get onto Twitter.

  4. What a fantastic and timely topic!! Charlotte has a vibrant and growing social media community and Jason and Angela are a huge and valuable part of it. I look forward to hearing from them and to being introduced to the expertise and experiences of Professor Blanchard. I am also anticipating Mike’s thoughtful and probing questions.

  5. taking a break from work to chime in, I love FB, but with 2 toddlers and working fulltime I don’t get to use it as much as I’d like to.

  6. Thanks for having local Social Media “experts” on the show. Should you be talking about the future of “mature media” such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and tv as compared to the future of blogs, podcasts, and on-demand video – all on-line?

    I would be careful of any negative talk about Social Media. It’s not a fad.

  7. The level of distraction of these devices, whether it is a text, facebook, or twitter is inversely proportional to the degree of self assurance of the individual using the device.

    A senior manager with a blackberry who is confident and knows what they are doing in a job doesn’t get distracted by a notification of an incoming message. Most likely that confident individual will ignore the device and keep his/her attention on the task at hand. However a socially unaware teenager or an insecure person can wrapped up in the virtual world and spend all of their time with their face in any media trying to get an update as to ‘what’s happening’

  8. I use Friendfeed…which includes an excellent syndication tool, allowing what I tweet, or post on Youtube, or Flickr, or blog, to appear on Friendfeed, Facebook, or a number of other sites.
    Currently Friendfeed is mostly tech nerds and visionaries…which is good if you want to know what is coming down the pike. A good way to know what is next. Mashable is another great site to keep track of social media.

  9. Without a doubt, these platforms increase the quantity of relationships social media users develop, but what about the quality of those relationships? Do you sacrifice quality for quantity when you invest inordinate amounts of time in these technologies? Is there any research into the level of satisfaction social media users experience in regard to the quality of their online “friendships”?

  10. Great show. I called my wife, who does marketing for a local company, so she could listen. She’s been trying to get her office on board with the concept of social networking for marketing. I’m sure she appreciates the validation. I think that traditional media will need to gravitate in this direction in order to stay in touch. I’m not sure how to make it profitable however.

  11. As an advertising and marketing professional, it is mandatory to understand how to responsibly utilize social media for yourself and your clients. It is changing the way we do business. Thanks for airing this important topic today on Charlotte Talks.

  12. Great show, Mike. What’s most facinating about Twitter, Facebook and other social medis is how rapidly they are evolving. The evolutionary feedback loop between the technology and the public is driving it all (and us all) somewhere… where, no one knows. It’s not unlike watching in fast forward a volcanic island rise out of the sea, seeds, animals arrive… who can tell what it will all look like in a million years? With this technology and society, things are changing very rapidly — kids are really different today than they were a decade ago, not to mention a generation.

  13. James: There is a limit on how fast the human psyche can change. “A million years” is an unreal ambition for a 100,000 year old species who has been “civilized” maybe 6,000 years. Our economy and electrical grid and battery manufacturing are in jeopardy. Well, maybe we could use our bodily metabolisms to power our brainscape devices.

    Scott: Have you and your marketeer wife considered how commercial motive might poison the conviviality of voluntary networking? There’s a little variable in there called “bad faith.”

    SaltedCheerios caller: I have always pictured Mike Collins waking up to a poached egg and grapefruit juice breakfast, but neither he nor I have ever tweeted the other. I think the persona with a BFF never visits the studio: Compartmentalization, a different party with a private life and a different legal name. The nature of broadcasting…

    Always the boosters come on who have hung their longjohns on a certain star and are waiting for the rain of pennies to start. Don’t worry critics, most of that cyber-cash is virga.

  14. yes Jack it is voluntary. It is used for the passing of info to persons who wish to receive it in nothing but good faith. I am impressed with you poetic side I must say.

  15. Mike wonders why anyone would need Facebook. After resisting for a long time, I finally got a Facebook page in November. Since I have taught school for 35 years, there are thousands of “kids” out there who I have lost over the years. The greatest joy of Facebook has been my “kids” – some who are 40+ years old – who have chosen to be my “friend” and share their lives with me. Also, it is a great way to keep up with other friends. Who has time to call and check on 50 people a week? However, with Facebook we can keep up each day.

  16. 1984 has arrived.

    Instead of Big Brother now having to actually go through the effort of gathering personal information on citizens (regarding schooling, employment, friends and associates, pictures, hobbies, etc) people just voluntarily put it all up there on the internet for any person or government to do what they want with it.

    In my opinion, this does not bode very well for the future.

  17. On my above comment – if I had to put a name on this movement, I’d call it ‘technological totalitarianism.’

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