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Losing Time on Social Media

Posted on Apr 7th, 2010
Written by Lee Odden
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    social mediaSocial media is everyone’s shiny object in the digital marketing world. Personally, professionally and otherwise, millions of people worldwide are switching from other information and entertainment channels (or multitasking) for social destinations online and on the mobile web.

    I know there are a good number of early adopters that read Online Marketing Blog and since you’re probably prone to trying the latest apps and tools, there are undoubtedly certain types of social media sites that have really turned out to be a time suck.

    That assumption leads us to our 60th Reader Poll! (pick up to 3)

    Which types of social media sites are your biggest time wasters?

    • Social Networks (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn) (34%, 43 Votes)
    • Microcontent (Twitter) (30%, 38 Votes)
    • Video (YouTube, Vimeo) (13%, 16 Votes)
    • Blogs (12%, 15 Votes)
    • Geolocation (Foursquare, Gowalla) (5%, 7 Votes)
    • Forums (4%, 5 Votes)
    • Images (Flickr, Picassa) (2%, 2 Votes)
    • Other - Add to comments (2%, 2 Votes)

    Total Voters: 74

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    No, I didn’t include online games of any kind in this poll because, while they can absolutely be social, I consider them to be inherently time wasting. Whereas the sites/tools listed in the poll above have at least the remotest possibility of helping people become more productive.

    If your top time waster isn’t listed, please share in the comments. I’d also like know your preferences on topics for future Reader Polls. If your suggestion is picked, we’ll give you credit and a nice juicy link when the poll is run.