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Social Media Is…Social Media Is Not

by James Ball on January 20, 2010

I’ve asked for, collected, and searched for tweets about what others feel that social media is and is not. The following are some that I found interesting. Thank you to those of you who participated and who are represented in the presentation. Feel free to share!


The presentation is but a sampling, I’m sure you have your own ideas about what social media is and what it is not. Keep it within the 140 character or less format and leave yours in the comments!

Deb Brown January 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

What a great sampling – thank you for including my comment.

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thank you Deb! I appreciate your participation and support!

Karon Warren January 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

This is a nice collective on social media! Thanks for including my 2 cents.

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Thank you Karon. I appreciate the kind words!

@Brandon101 January 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Great collection James. It's always nice to see different perspectives on this subject. Next time, I'll have to be quicker on the draw. 🙂

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thanks Brandon, I'm glad you like it. I'll be doing more like this, and will certainly keep you in the loop!

@BeckyMcCray January 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

James, you picked some excellent quotes! Two I had to go look up and favorite for myself:
@eel_trebor: Social Media: It is the best of tools, it is the worst of tools (to paraphrase Charles Dickens from A Tale of Two Cities)
@thechrisjordan Social Media is the new Chamber of Commerce, but a whole lot cooler.

Thanks for including mine, as well. Terrific round up!

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hello Becky! Awesome that you stopped in and left me a comment! I appreciated your input; especially the small town perspective…I totally get that living here. To quote Soundgarden, I spend much of my time "…looking California but feeling Minnesota". This is why I wanted to put this together largely by request to a local audience. I want to know what "Steve" on the corner thinks about all of this. It's great to hear from you today Becky.

@indepthwraps January 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Love it James…great concept. Interesting that I found myself agreeing (even if only a little bit) with almost every one. AND, some of this made me laugh out loud. 🙂 What a great way to start the morning!

For me…"Social media is a way to connect and engage with our clients (and prospects)…to learn more, understand more, to make a difference."

But for those who really need to think about the bottom line, how about "Social media may not be the revenue STREAM but it is certainly the PATH leading up to it!"

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I love BOTH of your offerings Torri, thank you for playing along!

"Social media is a way to connect and engage with our clients (and prospects)…to learn more, understand more, to make a difference." – My fave

Heather January 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Man, you have a lot of cynical people huh? I wonder what that means?

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

…and we're going to save the planet for crying out loud! :O)

Davina K. Brewer January 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Wow, you got some great responses, wish I'd have caught it earlier. Funny thing is that you have about 30 different answers and they are all pretty much true. Maybe social media is kinda like porn, you know it when you see it?

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Thank you for your comment Davina. Sorry you didn't hear about it sooner, I didn't give much notice. I just asked and started collecting. You did get here right on time though, your last sentence up there is quite the "social media is…" entry!

Cristina Proano January 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

This was great James. I agree with all of them as Davina says.
I see Social Media as the practical application of the Golden Rule, "do to others what you would like to be done to you".

James Ball January 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment Cristina. I love "Golden Rules". After all, they are golden for a reason!

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