As I dive deeper and deeper into the developing industry of social media….I can’t help but classify the typical social media poweruser.
Sure the majority of the global population now has in some way become involved with social media (mindblowing numbers thrown around on the web in 2010), but when I saw power users, I consider that those addicted to checking multiple times in a day….
I do consider myself a bit of a power user….love using twitter throughout my day, checking facebook a couple times (personally not as much activity on facebook as twitter, and too limited in its uses, harder to meet new people)
The idea that social media is a bunch of nerds spawned after reading couchsurfingori Ori’s couchsurfing blog on re-living the prom again and having a couchsurfingori.com/blog/prom-again social media prom, where social media users can unite and find their dates via social media and prepare for the prom via social media….pretty cool idea!!!!
Maybe because social media is still in its early stage….and therefore the rules and daily lifestyle tactics have not been implemented – therefore we have the EARLY ADOPTERS still mostly utilizing the tools, and signing up for the newest tools first, sharing photos, location sharing, group buying.
It does take an early adapter maybe to jump into uncharted waters…as we have seen certain platforms already “join the deadpool” and all that user content is lost….so you have to have the stomach and patience to go through various new systems and tools, continuous updates and changes and new platforms, mergers, etc.
And maybe its also nerds utilizing these tools because you need to have some technical experience still…sure, blogging is getting easier and easier, don’t need to know HTML or programming to really do it after the blog is installed, but even I , who sees myself as a middle to high experience internet user, have to spend time researching how to implement certain things on my blog, or new tools….especially with mobile internet….constantly crashing my android phone, resetting, uninstalling, upgrading…..
Also I have met other twitter power users, in various twitter meetups hong kong and manila philippines meetup and yes, we all push and fight our friends to sign up and interact…but really, I see the common user of twitter as a creative, open minded, early adapter and connector. WHICH IS REALLY COOL. This means, I want to know and network with as many of them as possible. We are always staring down at our mobile phones when we’re out, checking in on foursquare, @ replying on twitter, status updates on facebook….tottally wired.
Yet I see Facebook “powerusers” as the less techy, less creative…as its more “plug and play” and WYSISYG (what you see if what you get) and more “Closed environment”
But its kind of funny, the nerds have taken over after the high school gossip and drama.