As social media becomes more mainstream two types of social media fans have emerged.
The first type are the social media enthusiasts, who are genuinely interested in social media as an evolving way that we interact with each other and communicate. This camp includes the Social Media/PR practitioners and tech nerds that deal and work in the space on a regular basis.
Then there are the social media socialites, the users and fans who are using the new power of social media to network, organize events, broadcast themselves, and use social media to be social. Promoters, journalists, and celebrities fall into this category.
One group is constantly driving ideas and thoughts around the medium while the other is constantly using it to expand their audience and network. It is easy to mistake both as social media gurus, a term I really hate, but can you really consider Ashton Kutcher a social media thought leader or a power user that has mastered the medium to become immensely popular in the space?
In the recent months I have expanded my social circles around DC thanks to social media. I have met some great new friends and have had some great experiences. However I have noticed that becoming more active in the social media scene in DC can easily lead to a calender of endless happy hours and events. As much as I enjoy putting the social back into social media one needs to give their wallet, liver, and body a rest sometimes. Maybe it is the young, urban, professional setting of DC but lately I have found the social media scene in DC to be a little too oversocialized.
Now this doesn’t mean I won’t attend your happy hour- I love meeting new people. However I need to put other things ahead of socializing sometimes.
Like writing this blog post.