I didn't make the full list of social media New Year's resolutions that I made last year (mainly because learnt from my lessons the year before…) but one of the things I have resolved to do is try and rationalise the ways in which I communicate.
- Voice – mobile (when was the last time you used a landline?)
But there's also now:
- IM – MSN, Skype
- Facebook (this really needs a category all of it's own as it now includes includes messages, wall posts, status comments and now facebook chat)
There are some friends I only communicate with via one medium – mainly mobile or texting. But then there are comms junkies like me who I use every method to communicate with. It's just too much!
Texting might be the first to go now I've got an IM client on my BlackBerry. I definitely text a lot less than I used to. But IM has its limitations. I've already pretty much stopped using MSN for personal use as I kept having rows with a certain friend as we fired off 2/3 word responses without thinking. We both decided that particular form of communication was just a tiny bit too immediate for us… However, recently I've been using Skype much more than email in the office as I often can't be bothered to open up my email client, so that will stay. Yammer has been a bit 'faddy' for me, I used it for a bit but it doesn't give me anything none of the other media do – so that's going.