I realized as I was doing my blog migration that I’ve been social media free for over a year now. I considered it quite an accomplishment. However I recently read a blog titled ‘If we don’t engage online, we cede mindshare to others who will.’ The title pretty much sums it up. In this blog post Scott McLeod points out that by sitting out of social media we give up our voice and we allow others to fill that space.
That thought has weighed heavily on me lately. I have some personal inhibitions about rejoining social networks, mostly surrounding their design as attention stealing services. Do I knowingly join something who’s whole purpose is to steal my attention and sell my data, or do I sit on the sidelines while conversations are happening without me?
I’m not there yet, but I am reconsidering it.