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    Are you a social media narcissist?

    August 26, 2009 Posted by : Nate Ross
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    According to Encarta Dictionary, the definition of a narcissist is: excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness. 

    From my point of view there needs to be a switch in the way people think of how to utilize social media.  Right now most of my friends/acquaintances on facebook, linkedin, and twitter are all telling me about what they're doing,  how they're feeling, what they're working on, ect. ect.  It's all about me, myself, and I.  After a while how much does one really care?  And how is this bringing value into my day? Well, quite frankly, it isn't.

    There is no doubt that social media breeds narcissism, at least in this social media 1.0 realm.  After a while when is enough going to be enough?  I think that point will be here in the not so distant future...

    There is a shift taking place in a small minority of the messaging that I receive from the individuals I'm connected with.  I believe this is a step into social media 2.0.  This is where users add value to my day instead of telling me about what they're working on, who they're meeting with, or promoting their products or services to me. This value could be in the form of entertainment, an article, industry news, or even current events.  Those people in my networks that bring this value to me are the people I follow the most in the social media world.  When it comes right down to it, every business is created to add value somewhere. I believe the people that start utilizing this mindset within social media will be ahead of the game and will be able to drive more and more people to their messaging.

    Please share your thoughts.

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