Is it time to quit social media?

As I read this article what was running through the back of my mind was, “is it time to quit social media?”, and to be honest… but for being involved in real estate and a large bulk of that requiring being “engaged” I’m not sure I have much use for it. Never before has it been easier for marketers to target and connect with their “target audience”. You do realize that’s what social media has become right? The proverbial barrel where the fish are to shoot.

So, is it possible to take back the social networks? I’m not sure it is – at least with the current companies. Built from the ground up, or under a completely different model – maybe. But as the article linked to above points out it would be to the detriment of the “bottom line”.

Would I like a feed where I only see posts from my family, and maybe some other groups at my leisure? Of course, but unless I’m paying for that the only recourse I have is to a platform that has the resources to provide it based on the party that is willing to pay for it – the marketers.

So what would this “social media” service of the future look like? Number one, it should be built on a privacy, no-advertising first model. Second, I believe it should be decentralized, but speak a standard protocol – just like how email service is provided. Then, organizations like companies, teams, or even families could manage their own little groups and individuals could determine what they want to see or who they want to connect with…

And yet, as I sit here writing this, I wonder if it’s even possible or needed. After all, I’m able to run my own little blog right here. You can share it on social media if you so choose. In fact, I’ll probably post it to my account – and try not to look at the “likes” or “comments” that fuel the FB “engagement” engine.

So, while I may have just rambled for a number of paragraphs, let me finish by encouraging you to consider your use of social media, and at a minimum strongly consider turning off your notifications and moving the app to a sub-folder on your phone (just those two things alone have made a huge difference in my life). I would also encourage you to look into downloading and using Signal Messenger in place of text messaging and especially in favor of the social media messaging platforms.

Until we figure something out, you can always find me right here.

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Lunch with Governor Jackwagon

So we were on Mackinac Island this past weekend and a friend of ours starts telling us about how good the Chuckwagon restaurant is, but it’s a tiny little hole in the wall. We get there around 11:30 to a sign saying they’re closed until noon so of course we hit up a few local fudge shops for some samples. Around 11:40, our friend’s son starts getting concerned about having to wait so they go start a line out front (good thing too). We get back from dinking around and there’s at least 3-4 families in line.

So we’re hanging out (prob 11:50) when all of a sudden 3 or so guys looking like golf pros come pull up on their bikes and just walk in the joint like they own it! A few minutes later another party of 4 or 5 do the same thing. The line watches in shock as they proceed to the back and take 1 of 2 family sized booths (the rest is lunch counter and 2 person high tops). Naturally, there’s some grumbling so I ask one of the “golf pros” that was still outside something along the lines of, “so, they friends of the owner or something?” And he mumbles something like “they needed a seat” and walks off. I’m think, “no shit Sherlock. That’s why we’re standing here”, and our friend says “that was very cloak and dagger. Didn’t really answer your question”.

Grumbling ensues for the remaining time in line, but we eventually get let in and all is good with the world when we get to sit down and order. Probably 10-15 minutes go by and we’re eating when our friend turns to me (I was at the counter not in the booth) and starts mouthing something rather emphatically. I of course have no idea what he’s trying to say, but luckily Mary does who translates, “is that the Governor?” From my vantage point I can’t see anything, but use my children as an excuse to “make sure they’re eating their food” and if there’s any for me 🙂 as I do so I sneak a peek and there’s no doubt it’s Governor Snyder. On my way back to my seat I notice two of the “golf pros” sitting there watching very intently and put two and two together that it’s his security detail.

Anyway, we continue or meals for a bit longer but our friend can’t just let it go so engages their party in conversation. I can’t hear most of it due to my location but I do overhear him talking about the “jackwagons” that cut in line, which him (the Governor) and his friends got a kick out of.

Long story short he was gracious enough to get a photo with the kids, and was pleasant in our brief interaction. So, not getting into politics the “Jackwagon” was just a convenient reference to the “chuckwagon”, and not an insult.

So that’s my story of how I had lunch with (next to) the Governor, and being a big deal by proximity.

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