This is a bold article from Examiner.com
that I was meaning to cover for a while. In a gutsy move, PR practitioner Daniel Collins slams social networkers as a collection of narcissistic know-it-alls and egomaniacs.
In building his case against social media he offers an insightful checklist of all its limitations, but he does overlook a big aspect of this new world that was discussed in Born Digital. Basically, social media itself is a youth movement. It was started by teens who found that they liked texting and instant messaging each other more than using the telephone.
This then gave way to MySpace and FaceBook. The former being populated by adolescents who then started growing up and attending college, which gave way to the founding and popular explosion of the latter. Collins really should separate the users of these sites from the overall potential of the medium itself. For the most part, adolescents and young adults are going to be self-centered and self-absorbed because of limited life experiences. Yet, just as MySpace has grown into FaceBook, so will FaceBook now mature since it is increasingly being used by thirty forty fifty and older-somethings.
(Also, I would recommend checking out the source of this article, Examiner.com. It’s one of the latest organizations that attempts to harness the power of citizen journalists. Read more about it at Wikipedia
. Once someone gets this model right we will probably be looking at the future of the newspaper industry.)