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This may be my last Tumblr post.
It’s not you, Tumblr. It’s me.
See, here’s how I personally use social media…
Foursquare - Foursquare friends are typically my very close friends. If you and I are friends on Foursquare, it’s because I’m comfortable letting you know where I am and with you coming out to join me.
Facebook - Facebook friends are personal friends. As I’m in general a pretty friendly person, I’m likely to accept anyone I’ve met in “real life” and am on good terms with.
LinkedIn - LinkedIn connections are mostly business connections. I’d like to think that I will do whatever I can to help people, and I like having a network I can reach out to if I need help with something. So as a rule, I’ll accept all connections from LinkedIn.
Last.fm - I use Last.fm to track and share what I’m listening to, and while I don’t know many people who use the service, I do think it’s clever how they match us by musical compatibility.
Twitter - I don’t typically like to write long-form entries. I do a lot of long-form writing for work, so I don’t enjoy it in my free time. My 140 characters are enough for me to share random thoughts and observations. People I follow on Twitter are people I think are interesting. They may be friends, thought leaders or others, but in some way they’ve each made an impression on me.
Yelp and NDNation - If I’m taking the time to write a long-form entry for recreation, it’s probably about a restaurant or Notre Dame football. So instead of creating a one-off destination, I’ll take my contribution to where those conversations are happening.
Given all that, where does Tumblr fit in? For me, it doesn’t. At least not right now.
It was mostly just a way to format my “shared items” feed from Google Reader anyway. So I set up a simple GoDaddy website and wrote a little server-side script to parse the RSS feeds for Google Reader, Last.fm and Twitter to feed those into brianpatricksnyder.com in a way that I liked. That feels much better to me for now.
But I won’t close my Tumblr account, because everything comes back around, and perhaps I’ll someday want a place to ramble in a more free-form way than I can with the above. You never know…
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