Becoming antisocial on social media


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At least half of my job sees me working on social media for Plan Asia. It's the part of my job I enjoy the most. It's fun and it gives me an opportunity to be creative. But I've noticed recently that I've started to become somewhat weary of social media from a personal perspective. I guess I feel a bit of a disconnect with it at the moment, for whatever reason.

Whereas I would previously have gotten a lot of my news and links from Twitter and Facebook, I'm now finding myself going back to things like Reddit, Stumbleupon and Google Reader. I barely use Facebook now other than to post links to music I'm listening to or to contact friends. I've had to "mute" most people's feeds in an attempt to avoid throwaway status updates. I get very little useful information from Facebook these days.

But it's with Twitter that the bulk of my disillusionment is felt. It came to a point not so long ago when I realised that I'm not really interested in seeing blurry pictures of people's food or nights out. I don't much care for the humble brags or the chatroom-like conversations. Least of all do I want to read a gazillion people Tweeting about the rain, as happens at least once a day, every day, during monsoon season. Of course, these are all things I've been guilty in the past, so I'm being a bit of a hypocrite here.

I stopped using Foursquare altogether now because it serves very little purpose other than to say to the world, "Look at me, I'm somewhere you're not." I use Instagram for Plan now, but my personal account is lies dormant because pictures are taken and then forgotten, liked only by whomever happens to be browsing through the photos at that precise moment.

Obviously I'm starting to alienate myself somewhat from the people I should in theory be trying to connect with, at least for work's sake, but for the most part, I see social media as something that should be useful and informative. Sure, it should also be entertaining, but the line between entertaining and mundane is blurry.

I still want to engage with people, but I want it to be in a way that's productive and that spurns innovation, or at least the sharing of ideas. I think what it comes down to is that I've never really been much of a people person, but I love the concept of sharing in online spaces, especially when it is working towards a goal.

I get the bulk of my music from Soundcloud and Bandcamp these days, as well as Last FM. Most of my news comes from Google Reader and Twitter lists that I've set up. I get interesting, offbeat stories from Reddit and Stumbleupon. And that's about it for the most part.

Speaking of Stumbleupon, I was checking out new Stumbleupon today and it looks a lot like Pinterest, as does new Digg and new MySpace. In fact, everything is starting to look like Pinterest. It's amazing that Pinterest is setting the bar for so much of social media these days.

Well, that concludes what has turned into a bit of a whinge. Probably nothing a glass of wine can't remedy.

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