Reality, Readership and Quitting Social Media

Social media has worn out it's welcome for me. I have been around long enough to know what you see is not what you get.

Take a moment and think about the follower with the always friendly face. Is he the ultimate connector in your Twitter stream? Think about a reader who <hearts> you out of the blue? Does she even know a thing about you?

These social faces are not real. Guaranteed.

Once upon a time, I didn't feel this way. Now, I have spent enough time in social communities that my social media radar is tuned in for those who are in it for themselves. They are the ones chasing recognition, buying "likes," and doing whatever it takes to advance their Klout score. Why people why?

Do me a favor, if you can't be nice to your friends, protect confidences and respect your readership - log off right now. Your readers are more than a number to be tossed around to impress others. Oh, don't believe your own press.

I simply don't have an interest in being part of this side of social. Some days, it's all I can do to not stop engaging completely.

Social media, you've been good to me. I just can't quit you, yet.

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