OK, I Promise I’ll Stop Tweeting!

Running a blog/site that covers social media I am always being introduced to or fall over new social media services. The latest batch of discoveries are based on delivery systems which enables you to put your post into one location and it will feed Twitter, Facebook and beyond. If you are a couch potato social media practitioner this must seem like you have won the lottery, but I have my reservations.

Earlier this week there was a great read on the Famous Blogger’s site concerning what angers fellow bloggers and there followed a list of topics that could seriously hack everyone off. It got me thinking about my posts being blasted all over the Internet as I experiment with each new package that raises its head over the parapet. Worse for the people who follow me I forget to untick boxes once I have given the service a test drive.

The latest tool is Amplify which was shown to me by Ileane of Ms Ileane Speaks fame. Like a slavering Pavlovian dog I dashed over there and signed up and started playing with it. It’s great if you want to push your posts and thoughts out to the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Digg etc, but what else does it do?

What Is The Advantage?

What is the advantage of using Amplify over the likes of delivr.it or ping.fm? Is there any advantage in using them at all over conventional postings on Twitter and Facebook using normal interfaces or third party applications such as Hootsuite, Seesmic and Tweetdeck?

I guess that it is entirely plausible that each of these services could eventually feed off each other so you would get a situation in which you post on one and the damn thing just progresses in a continuous loop. One post could get blasted out dozens and dozens of times with one key result – you guys get well and truly pissed off with me and start to unfollow!

So, one of the tasks for the next few days is to turn off some of the services I have been playing with once I assess from the stats programs I use that they play no role in boosting readership of the site. As each new service comes along I will give it a test drive but promise after a week or so to turn it off if there is no benefit to you or to my blog.

As an aside, what feed services do you use or recommend that you can show have a positive benefit to you?

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Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.