How to Create a Social Media Safety Net

While I didn't get social media at first, I now know exactly how I can use & benefit from my favorite social media apps – like Twitter, FriendFeed, Tumblr, Soup, BrightKite and others.

(In fairness, much of my social media awakening should be credited to Rob @ Orangejack, Mike McBride, and nf0).

One of the issues that's troubled me over the past two years is the EXTREME decentralization that has been brought about by the rise of great social media websites. It's as if there is no common thread tying all of these social thoughts, musings, and ideas together.

The problem is exacerbated somewhat by the realization that I have no control over the content that I have created. What I have posted to Twitter now lives on Twitter's servers. If Twitter folds (as Pownce did in December), then those digital bits of my life may be lost forever. And that would really suck.

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A Sneak Peek at How I Tweet

I found a great tool via the Twitter universe (twitterverse?) called TweetStats that allows me to look athow I'm using Twitter – which is a lot, these days.

What's on my mind? Here's a cloud I put together using Wordle.

My Twitter Cloud

(If you're not familiar with the micro-blog tool Twitter, check out this overview on 170 Spoons!)

And TweetStats shows me when & how I'm twittering. .

My Twitter Stats

As you can see, my usage has increased dramatically in the last six months. That's when the Aha! moment happened for me and twitter became a platform – not just a status indicator.

My Twitter Stats

Another interesting trend is that I'm using Twitter consistently every day. I think that indicates that I've crossed the threshold from toy to tool. I'm slightly more communicative on Tuesdays, but… who isn't? 🙂

I'm also seeing that I'm sending tweets and replies in the early morning, generally before the rush of the day. That's not surprising, because those are the few minutes when I can generally get a few feeds read and catch up on what everyone is up to.

One graph that I'm not posting for privacy is the number of @ replies I'm sending. Replies (either initiated by me or in response to others) represent 18% of my total tweets.

I'd love to have a look at your TweetStats, so link 'em in the comments!

And if we're not connected on Twitter, send a message @kevindonahue!