Twice Tagged, Once Twittered, Thrice Thrilled

I have no idea what the post title means.  Please don’t ask. 

But I’ve been tagged, twice – once by Kami (in the comments), and once by Ike.

So here goes:

I’ll start off by declaring that I think the description of a Media Snacker as someone "young" is wrong.  First, it’s way too narrow, second, it’s almost accusatory – like "we" (those of us older than "young") are somehow having to cater to this group and that it’s somehow distasteful to us. 

We focus on young people due to our background and experience but also because there are HUGE differentiators for this youth generation:

• they can claim to be the first to have a global voice instantly (even though they don’t really care)
• they have ubiquitious access or ownership to technology which allows them to digest, connect, share, promote, interact, express etc. which they are not taught about but simply socialised into
• and most importantly, they don’t know a world without a media menu of vast proportions across so many different platforms and mediums.

My opinion is that we’re ALL Media Snackers, in some fashion or another. The bullets above pertain to me as well as "the young" – except the last one, of course.  I do remember a time when my choices were limited (very, very limited – three TV stations that all went off the air after The Tonight Show ended).  It is precisely because I remember what little choice I had that I value the choices I make more now πŸ™‚

But I digress.  I think I’m supposed to be talking about how I feed the Media Snackers.  Generally, in the same way other blogger’s do:

  • I use Twitter, and have for a long time.  Every blog post is forwarded through Twitter, and I often add other late-breaking news/thoughts to TwitterLand.
  • My latest comments and newest posts are listed on the left of my blog.
  • I used to use a lot of other crap that just got in my way and slowed my server down.  So I try to keep it fairly minimalist now.  I serve the San Antonio weather on my front page, because people tell me they like it there.  I also have a live traffic camera view of the freeway by my house – because I like it there.
  • And I’ve borrowed Ike’s use of Demotivational Devotional to some extent. 

I guess that’s about it, unless you talk about things like Instant Messaging – I have over 600 people on IM – and most of them I have never "met".  But often we’ll exchange very short pieces of information, or opinions.  Sometimes 1 on 1 and sometimes it’s 3-6 of us on IM at the same time, in the same chat.

Most of the real news I hear, I get on IM even before it breaks on Twitter, or Techmeme.

I don’t try to keep my blog posts a certain length, and I don’t fear over-blogging.  People can choose to read or not, and I doubt a few dozen words here or there really makes a difference.  Looking at my WordPress Stats, you can tell I am anything but short of words:

386,562 total all words from 1,704 posts
= 226 average words per post
389 (22.8286%) posts contain 300+ words
Max words for a single post: 4990 words

So I assume that Media Snackers will eventually desire a more filling meal, and my blog is here if they want to consume it.  If they don’t, that’s ok too.

Comments

  1. @DK – I didn’t mean for “accusatory” to be a focal point, and it was probably poorly worded – it’s almost like we are expected to cater to the “youth” when that’s not really what’s important at all – Reaching the audience is important – and I am on twitter, Pownce, and everyplace else the “young” hang out. So the best place to find ME is in the same places you look for your Media Snackers – and you get a lot more in those places than just the young. You also get the wise πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 600 on IM -wow!

    Didn’t understand the “accusatory” reference – not the intention. You’re right you can claim the first two but now, not during your youth though, and there’s the differentiator.

    I’ve added this post to the growing list:

    http://tinyurl.com/2hqk8x

    Thanks for continuing the discussion.

    DK
    MediaSnackers Founder

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