Figured it was time.
“Grab a tool.. don’t be one.“
Erica Allison wrote that about getting value out your social media time, measuring results; I agree.
Danny Brown says that tweets and content are shared for a lot of reasons. We share content because we think others might benefit, or sometimes to help or support a friend, sometimes just because WE like something and want to share it. Damn. So not everyone I follow is sharing everything just for my benefit? Sad but true Facepalm! moment. (Hat tip sir.) He also says it’s the person, not the tool; agreed.
Can a tool do the work for me?
I had a brief flirtation with Amplify, but it seemed at cross purposes to ‘clip’ and aggregate when it’s unlikely to help me with my other goals to build a broader network, drive traffic to my own blog. Now if what I curated and clipped could be easily imported to my WP site, that’d be another story. See also, Tumblr.
The concept of Paper.li (which briefly looked ok) was to create a list of trusted tweeters’ tweets (say that 3 times fast!), share that in the form of an aggregate ‘newspaper’ style post. They’ve lost relevance to me, just noise. Plus I’ve been getting spammed with papers @replied to me that don’t include anything I’ve written or shared.
Triberr. First happy that Batman and Robin (aka Dino and Dan) and many of my friends are doing well with it, good for you. The concept is there, the intent to be helpful for everyone and they’ve been great about responding to feedback. To summarize my thoughts on Neal Schaefer’s excellent Triberr review and my blog post of a reply on Kellye Crane’s post – it’s not the tool, it’s ME:
I schedule posts, but don’t blind RT. I don’t want to feel obligated to read, RT others because they do so for me. I wouldn’t be a good tribe member to others, not fair to them. I don’t want the appearance of being spammy. I could only use the it in Manual mode which 1) doesn’t save me time and 2) defeats the purpose of using an ‘automated’ tool.
IMHO automated curation is an oxymoron.
My goal here isn’t to bash the tools or those who use them, or beat a dead horse deader. There isn’t a service that knows my mind well enough, to curate content for me to set and forget.
Curate means to cull, select based upon some criteria. Aggregate means to combine, amass or group some type of collection. In terms of ‘social’ I think of rhyme and reason. Some method to the madness, right? Assigning a list of ‘trusted’ friends doesn’t equal selectivity when said friends could have an off day as easily as I, have a different opinion, or maybe post something a little controversial. (Last week I wrote about VAGINAS. Just saying.)
Which I am ALL for different and edgy and healthy disagreements, I just need to qualify that if and when I share those posts. I’d love to tweet, share more, save time yet – per my style of curation – I don’t see a way to put that on autopilot.
Okay friends, lemme have it.