Social Networks – Is There One You Just Hate?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with East Valley Living

 

Social Networks – Is There One You Just Hate?

 

Social Networking is all the rage these days and it seems like dozens of new social networks spring up each week.  There are several that really annoy me and for which a reasonable way to describe my emotions about them would be to say that I hate them.

 

Some are actually just MLM scams, disguised as social networks.  Those only benefit the people at the very top of the pyramid scheme.   “Your friend has invited you to join and let us spam your friends with the dream of MLM riches.”  “Join now so you don’t miss out.”

 

Some are intrusive, sending invitations forever, even when you have made it clear that you are never going to join.  Some of them trick your friends into spamming you by using vague language and not making it clear that they are going to send unwanted messages over and over until that e-mail hard bounces.

 

Some of these social networks are joinable and after joining I have found them to be unsocial, unfriendly and unusable.  The process for managing the interactions is cumbersome and the e-mails send by the system are essentially worthless, indicating nothing about the interactions and conversations going on other than something obscure such as “13jenny4gty has left you a message on XYZ network.”

 

Those are the kind I hate the most – the ones that look useful and worthwhile but then do not actually enable interactions by the mechanisms that people like to use to interact.  Five or six of the most promising social networks I ever joined have proven to be worthless because of the interface problems.  I never use them and can’t imagine that I ever will unless the systems are radically re-engineered.

 

Did you notice that I did not name any names?  I did not want to taint your thinking about which tools you like or hate.

 

I am leaving that up to you.  Please comment with your least favorite social network platform or tool and why you hate it and let’s see if there is a consensus on the worst social networking tool of the century.

 

Thank you,

 

Bill Austin  

East Valley Living

Scottsdale Job Network

 

 

Comments (5)

Patrick Lambert
ALLY Real Estate - Waikoloa, HI
Hawaii Real Estate Expert

I have no trouble naming names ... MYSPACE ... hate it! My wife has Myspace, she has a lot of Mom friends and family, even my nieces and cousins. Me, I hate it.

Jun 02, 2008 05:36 AM
Patrick Lambert
ALLY Real Estate - Waikoloa, HI
Hawaii Real Estate Expert

I have no trouble naming names ... MYSPACE ... hate it! My wife has Myspace, she has a lot of Mom friends and family, even my nieces and cousins. Me, I hate it.

Jun 02, 2008 05:36 AM
Bill Austin
East Valley Living - Scottsdale, AZ

Ah yes, Myspace is quite a zoo.  My daughter is active there and I do have an account.

 

I just can't get over the fact that anyone who is a friend can write all over your "wall" with no control, and they do.

 

Jun 02, 2008 10:40 AM
Anders Berg
SwedeClean.Com - Ahwatukee, AZ

I'm somewhat older, at least that's what my wife says, but I found it not easy to locate worthwile social networking groups on the web. I'm sure there must be something out there but there are so, so many. The web is like the universe. You think you know where it ends and then it just don't. Younger generation seems to hang out on MySpace and MyFace...sorry..FaceBook..where do they come up with all these names. I really don't take the time to write ..... sorry...it is not called that either nowadays........blog ....is the politically correct term as I understand it, but, when Bill blogs I want to be there for him. He really knows this b2b stuff. He is kind of an expert on web matters. But, maybe the web or the cyberspace is growing so fast that not even Bill can keep up.

Clean&Healthy Regards,

Anders/SwedeClean.Com

Jun 02, 2008 01:06 PM
Dirk Johnson
DomainDrivers.com - Potomac Falls, VA

Bill:

I think a good question to ask about all of this socal networking is "what is the return on investment of your time?"

There are millions of SN sites, and more coming. Nobody can cover all of it. I think it's time to let some steam out of the hype, and get down to what is actually worthwhile, from a business perspective.  

If that is done, I'd bet that most agents could safely ignore 95% of it.

Jun 03, 2008 02:15 AM