Let's discuss it.
Generally, I like the 'social networking' aspect. Swimmers make great company. I worked in the online advertising department of a newspaper for 12 years and I'm still trying to figure out who benefits most from the 'social media' aspect.
Although I am quite active on these forums, I am not very active elsewhere in the world of social networking. There are a couple of other sites I need to check in with regularly, because it is the only way to receive communications and stay in touch with that particular group of people. My swim team, for example, no longer has a website. So, to stay connected, I check in with them on FB. I also post photos and swim video links my husband and I take of other swimmers at swim meets, on the team's page ; the easiest way to get them distributed for the team to see.
I feel I spend enough time as it is on this site (too much, if you ask my husband...), so I limit my time elsewhere and avoid duplicity, by not communicating with the same people on different sites. If you are on the Forums, I won't "friend" you on FB or anywhere else. As a matter of fact, I am not even on FB under my real name and the only "friends" I have on FB are my two sisters, my best friend, and a friend who lives on FB for her work. The last thing I want is people I don't particularly care for coming out of the woodwork and asking to "friend" me! And, my "likes" are extremely limited, as well, with USMS and Lynn Sherr's book, "Swim: Why We Love the Water", being the only two I follow. (By the way, you must read her book! )
There are two main reasons why I am on these forums:
1. I mostly swim on my own and was a newbie in USMS, two years ago. The forums provide a wealth of information for newbies like me; especially Ande's threads and Allen Stark's posts on "The Breaststroke Lane". Ande and Allen have been a tremendous help, as have other Forumites. Being able to post videos and get feedback from the best swimmers in the world has been more helpful than anything for my swimming. King Frog (Allen) and JimRude have been the most help for my breaststroke. And, Fort's high intensity workouts are terrific.
2. Unlike a lot of other social networking sites where you may never meet the people you are networking with, I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know several of the other Forumites; mostly by attending Nationals. And, some terrific real friendships have come from it; unlike many of the "friends" people have on Facebook.
The extra added bonus of hanging out here is that laughter is good for the soul. And, there are plenty of good laughs that come from some of the posts. Just check out some of the posts by That Guy and you will see what I mean!
Meeting athletes and hearing their story in person is better than friending or see them post about it on their Facebook. When I can make it work I go to high-profile events for that reason.
I was just talking with someone this morning about the quantity and quality of information on social media. I feel like the easy at which people can post their own stories has dramatically lowered the quality. The information on the social media also feels so temporary.
Thanks for the reading suggestion. I'll put Lynn Sherr's book on my reading list. I'd also like to read Amanda Beard's new book.
I'm still confused about the ads. Example: I have a friend that works at a Casino, so I like it, but I don't gamble. The kicker is... when I'm on the USMS Facebook page I get online Poker ads! Ha! Plus, USMS has it's own Goggle Sense ads and many of the articles that link out to online newspapers that have their own rotating ads. Although ads like that support swimming articles written by professional writers. I liked today's link to the Edmonton swimmers story.
$wimmer$ make good company.
Last edited by FR.LLC; May 8th, 2012 at 11:46 AM. Reason: grammar error
Facebook seems to be a place to blab about EVERYTHING THAT CROSSES some people's mind with no regard to who reads it!!!
I guess I feel like that too. When I go to my newsfeed I feel like it is a landfill of intellectual garbage. I keep going back because of just a few bright spots, like USMS. I like that aspect of delivery verse visiting multiple websites. Delivery is pretty key to the news and information industry. There is just so much mixed in with it.
I also think some of the USMS friends are actually "trolls". (Who remembers that term from the 1990s.)
I almost never go to Facebook anymore(now that I beat that pesky Farmville addiction ) The people I want to find out about are on the Forums or they will just email me (or even use the phone .)
"To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
I think it's a nice page but I don't see that anyone has posted a link so here it is
Personally I would have liked www.facebook.com/usms but maybe the Marshals Service grabbed it...
Anyway, I don't visit FB nearly as much as the forums but you need to cast a wide net and USMS certainly needs a FB presence. It seems to be updated regularly with new items and that's the most important thing.
I also don't tweet but I put the USMS twitter feed on the Virginia LMSC website (www.vaswim.org) and it seems to have similar content as the FB page, probably coming from the same source. I find some useful tidbits there sometimes.
That is a very good point. Going to the USMS page a "request non found." I also tried Facebook.com/USMastersSwimming® and it returns me to my wall page.?
Last edited by FR.LLC; April 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 AM.
It does cast a wide net and is probably a good place to hook new members if posts strike the right balance.
Facebook got popular so fast and continues to change. I think out of all the things I 'like' USMS does a pretty good job of openly sharing the right things.