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The problem with aggregating your blog posts to social networks

If you’re like me, and let’s be honest, who is, but if you happen to have a little bit of my traits, you might find social networks to be a great place to play.  A place to connect with complete strangers and maybe a friend you might have in real life.  A place that might provide some tools to aggregate your post to.

I enjoy automating to see what can be done.  To see what I can do, and when it strikes me, to see where there are holes in a system.  But if you’re a blogger, there’s a problem with aggregating your posts to these networks.

Mr. Herzog commented on my 140 characters isn’t enough to express how I feel post something that really made me think. Then, it made me visit a few sites where my posts are aggregated to.

Ari said:
If you don’t visit your Twitter account but keep it inactive, what about people who mention you in tweets? What if I sent you a tweet but never heard back? What does that say about you? At least, you should edit your Twitter bio to tell people where to contact you.
Ari Herzog@Online Media Strategies´s last blog ..Should Digital Sabbaticals Be Planned to End

Well, after reading that, I decided to take a little trip over to Google Buzz where I have been playing last.  I aggregate my posts over to Buzz as well, and what do you know, it generated a few comments.  In fact, I found a few of my more recent posts were generating a little conversation with others there.

I had no clue!  Not until I visited there and saw that one of my posts had a number of comments on it.

So even in light of a little automation and aggregation, that doesn’t halt the need to continue to participate in little ways on these social sites.

The only thing I would argue with Ari about on this is that each social service is different, and for me, Twitter is much different than Buzz.  Twitter is like what David said in his comment on my post, “a 140 character billboard”.

Buzz is designed to create in-depth conversation around a particular subject, or whatever the post is communicating, so to me, that means that Buzz is more important to check regularly than Twitter would be.

There are a number of people that I’ve met on both services, and others too, that I enjoy speaking with from time to time.  I might not always get a chance to hang out and play around with these services like I once had time to do, but I should remember that the connections I’ve made on these services are just as real as the connections I make in real life.  Albeit, not as formal perhaps, or as tangible as real life connections, but connections just the same.

As a blogger, I can’t forget to check these sites somewhat regularly, so I can at least afford the people that decided to follow me when I was quite active, the respect they deserve by replying and returning a comment when they comment on my posts on these social services.

It just seems like the right thing to do.  Thanks Ari for making that point, it was quite timely.  :)

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