Another installment of haphazard musings.
While I still stand by the theory presented in my previous post: Tropical Strom: Edit One, I have some new ideas, &/or ramblings of the mind that I would like to share…
We all assume/believe that there is infact an exact definition, or description of all the different words, and ‘terms’ or ‘phrases’ that exist.
Is this really the case?
It is widely accepted that certain words or phrases mean different things to different people.
We all have different experiences, we have different educations, different childhoods, different lifestyles, I could go on, but my point is this – no two people are the same, of this I am sure you will agree, so why then should any two (or more) given people have the same understanding and the same associated definition of a word, or phrase?
Yes, it is essential in alot of situations for there to be a specified definition of a certain word or phrase, one that must be taught in order for people to advance their education, but there is nothing stopping us from slowly adapting that definition in our own minds as we continue to learn.
I don’t know about everybody else, but I know this is something I do all the time, without even realising I am doing it.
So, why do we feel this need to create a specific definition to the term Social Media?
The world around us is changing, the way we do things, the way we live… maybe accepting that there is no exact definition, and that there can never be one, is what needs to be done.
Maybe we should stop this relentless research into defining Social Media.
But for now atleast, I will continue, because that is what I have decided.
On a side note.
Another step towards educating myself about the world of social media.
Back on topic.
My theory, thus far:
There is no concrete definition or commonly accepted understanding of exactly what social media is, because social media opportunities and the availability of social media technologies grow and evolve so fast that there is not time to define it precisely as it is in one phase before it moves to the next.
When the concept of social media first originated email was the latest ‘technology’ and sole form of ‘social media’, soon to be followed by the ‘bulletin board system’ which today would be considered an extremely primitive example of a forum.
If you look back at commonly used terms today, you will see the same is true of many of those terms too. The meaning they held when they were first born into literature is vastly different to the one it holds now.
In order then, to reach a genuine understanding, and form an accurate definition, it will be necessary to go back to the beginning and construct a timeline of social media breakthroughs, adding a customized definition for each phase on the timeline.
In this way we can (hopefully!) reach an understanding of what social media is in our current phase.
I know, I know, all you keep hearing is ‘Seth Godin this, Seth Godin that…’
I will try something new next time, I promise! :)
But for the moment…
Seth. He’s done it again.
In his traditional ‘short but sweet’ style, he has written a blog that has got my brain ticking in a hectic manner, not unlike what I imagine one experiences with the heart during a full blown heart attack.
The blog –> Studying entrepreneurship without doing it
In creating this blog – a climbing of Mt Everest comparable task in itself! – I have acquired knowledge about many things, SO MANY THINGS!
Without even noticing it at the time, simply by using different forms of social media I am beginning to build a stronger understanding of Social Media and all that it encompasses.
THINGS! and IDEAS!
I am going to leave it at that for now, but watch this space! An exciting installment of information is on it’s way!
My brain is a tropical storm of ideas & things, and I need to find a nice quiet corner to sit in & brainstorm all of the things until I can find a way to present it that makes sense to the general public.
Until next time…
After reading this today, I now realise the reason there are so many different ‘definitions’ and opinions of what Social Media is.
Social Media Networks, the opportunities they provide, and the way we choose to utilise them, are constantly changing, growing, and adapting. They do not stay the same long enough to pin down a concrete ‘definition’ or explanation as to their purpose.
The challenge then, is to find, define, & provide an understanding that goes beyond just the first layer of what we initially consider to be the purpose, or reason for the existence of Social Media Networks.
Food for thought.
The bigger picture, it’s what we need to focus on.
A blog about a blog..?
This is the beginning of a journey; a journey into the intricate world of Social Media.
(With a specific focus on Social Media Networks for Business, no less!)
Social Media, it appears, is one of those terms that are an indefinable concept.
I have seen, heard, and read countless different ‘definitions’, none of which really seem to quite sum up the… essence? of the term itself.
And so begins the journey!
By researching, creating, and experiencing various aspects of Social Media I hope to reach a point of understanding where upon I can develop my own personal definition of the term.
I will of course share this with you via Social Media ;)
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what I am doing.
But I know of a guy who does!
A man who’s inspiration knows no bounds.
Should I one day happen to be stranded on a desert island, that is, literally OR metaphorically; Seth would be my ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ of choice.
I like to think of him as the Yoda to my Padawan.
Seth Godin is the world renowned creator of the ‘Purple Cow‘ concept.
“Purple Cow describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat out unbelieveable.”
(As told by the blurb found in the front cover of the book ‘Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable‘ by Seth Godin)
So for the next few weeks I will be reading his blogs, books, and articles as I search for… something?
Im not sure my carefully designed collection of words sound even half as good to you, or even to me, as they did when I wrote them.
I can only hope that atleast some sense can be made of it all!
I hope you stick around to share this journey with me, learn some new things, and if nothing else have a good old fashioned giggle at my attempt at blogging!
Your feedback is welcome, encouraged in fact! So don’t be shy!
…somebody pass me a Purple Cow please?