Clicking Favorite on Twitter, + on Google, or Like Facebook are nice but those actions are not a conversation and not very social. Imagine you are having an in person, real life conversation with someone. This person is talking and sharing things with you and all you do is give them a thumbs up or a slight nod. It would be an awkward conversation.
Can we bring the social back in to social media? I have nothing against favorites on Twitter and Likes on Facebook. It’s nice to know someone has at least seen your update, but lately it feels like that is all that is happening. I recently realized I too am almost automatically clicking Like and Favorite on my friends posts. I want them to know I have seen it but I am hardly taking time to stop and really acknowledge what they are saying.
Where have the conversations gone? I miss the old days of Twitter when conversations happened organically. I miss having real conversations on Facebook. I’m not the only one noticing. Did you see Mack Collier’s recent post: Twitter Doesn’t Have a ‘Noise’ Problem, it Has a ‘No One is Talking There Anymore’ Problem
Maybe it is because all of our online circles have grown so large we have become overwhelmed by so many updates.
I’m going to try to take a step back, give my thumb a break, spend less time scrolling and more time absorbing.
Are you noticing more Likes and Favorites and less discussions?