So aside from the above being right or wrong uses and usage styles, just how did these come to be common on those networks? One word: Access
Access to these networks is the key. Just like the Internet used to be difficult and complex to get connected to, so were these social networks. The initial barrier for entry was just out of reach of the non geeks. Today however, online social networks and the creation of social media have extremely low barriers. They’ve become tools of the people. Not just specific people, but anyone with connectivity can participate. Who could have imagined social networks like Utterz, where anyone with a cell phone can network. Or Seesmic, where anyone with even the cheapest video recording camera can do video blogging.
The tools have become the tools we use everyday and those of certain age have grown up using their entire lives. My son and his friends all have cell phones. He picked up on Utterz the day he checked out the website. Some of my own contacts are now blogging thanks to Twitter and Utterz, where’d they’d barely heard of social networks months ago.
So is there a right or wrong way or reason to use Twitter, or Utterz, or Facebook? Is it better to record a video blog on a topic or participate in back and forth video conversations? Is one way and topical better than multichannel and free flowing? That’s for each user to decide for themselves. That’s the joy of social networks; each person can decide for themselves how to participate and what to tune into.
How are you using your social networks?