Social Media is all about people. Not apps. Not APIs. And certainly not whether you have $50 bucks or not.
I’ve made a lot of important connections using social media. I’ve had some great conversations with people that are way above my pay grade. I’m also able to keep a virtual finger on the pulse of several different industries - all with the swipe of my thumb.
Twitter has been catching a lot of flack lately for their recent changes to their API. This has brought a lot of attention to other social media services like app.net.
However, too many people are focusing on the media side of social media. If one type of media becomes to cumbersome or constrictive, another will rise to take its place.
There needs to be a bit more focus on the social aspect of social media. Too many people are focusing on how they communicate rather than why they are communicating. Like the pony express, telegraphs, and telephones; your twitter-Facebook-dribbble-pinterest-reddit-foursquare-linkedin account is all about people.
Focus on people and the rest all falls into place.