© 2010 Ugur Akinci
I was very motivated to write this post when I read another post written on the same topic by Chris Brogan.
Everyday there is another web site, another “platform”, gadget, or “thing” that we need to adopt and spend time with — or is it?
The latest such “thing” is paper.li, the fake “daily newspaper.” I must admit once in a while there’s something interesting to read in it, but should I send it to everyone I know as “my newspaper”? I don’t think so. And the reason is very simple: it doesn’t serve any of the goals that mean anything to me.
That’s why I quit Facebook because sharing my holiday and birthday photos is not a top-notch goal I have right now. I admit I do not have thousands of “friends” but all the real friends that I do have hear from me easily when their phone rings.
Question: would you communicate with you mother or spouse through Facebook? Or Twitter?
What’s your purpose as a technical communicator? What are your personal goals and business goals? And how does joining this new Facebook-like wonder site in India or Japan help you achieve those goals? Once you decide on that and stick with what helps you develop personally and professionally, you’ll be just fine.
Currently I maintain my relationship with Twitter and LinkedIn even though I cannot quantify their benefits yet. But it’s an ongoing experiment that I’m monitoring. Besides, Twitter is a limited window to like-minded tech communicators that I enjoy to visit once a day just to see what’s going on.
But do I need to join Buzznet (music and pop culture)? Fotolog (I don’t take too many photos)? or Wasabi? I don’t think so. I have not updated my MySpace page for like a year now. We all have to draw the line somewhere.
Networking requires the power and determination to say NO as much as the willingness and openness to say YES. Once you line up your yes’s and no’s with confidence you’ll suddenly be up to date with everything that really matters for you.
Life is short. So should be your list of prime commitments — those that really matter and enrich your life and advance your career.
How do you feel about this? Feel free to share…