This weekend turned out to be a weekend full of big social media changes.
Social media event #1 for the weekend:
The first and most fun piece of my weekend was attending BarCampMemphis. I had never heard of “BarCamp” before, but a quick Google search immediately pulled up sites for BarCamps in cities like LA, D.C., Orlando and Boston.
In a nutshell, BarCamps are designed to be web 2.0 unconferences focused on learning and discussions about social media, design, development and all things geek. The agenda isn’t created until the morning of, when attendees vote on what sessions they want to hear, which gives this type of conference a totally different and casual vibe.
For me, attending BarCampMemphis was all about having the opportunity to connect with other Memphians. As I told many of the attendees on Saturday, I “know” so many people that are everywhere in the world except in Memphis, TN. Saturday was my chance to finally connect with the great group of social media folks who live right here in my town.
Social media event #2 of the weekend:
I broke up with Klout.
I know many of you awesome people read my post about why the “new and improved” Klout algorithm was extremely inaccurate. In fact, this was one of my most tweeted posts ever, with 93 tweets at last check. Not only do I not place value in a metric that has been proven illogical, I read a couple posts by Danny Brown that absolutely finalized my decision. The first one discussed how it’s easy to game Klout’s system (which many of us already knew, but I appreciate the humorous take on it). The second, and much more distressing one, discussed how the son of a social media user ended up with a Klout score simply because he commented on his mom’s Facebook post.
I can make my own decision about what I share online and where I share it, but I do not want to be held responsible for someone else’s online presence.
I highly encourage you to read his posts.
Here’s how to delete your Klout account.
Social media event #3 of the weekend:
I swapped out my Twitter handles.
Many of you know (especially if you read my “Open Letter to Klout” post) that I created a @LizJostes handle a few months ago. I originally claimed it because I figured I wasn’t going to be “BelleBeanDog” forever. I have been debating ever since about when it made the most sense for me to focus more on my own name and less on my blog’s brand.
The case for going with my real name as my main Twitter handle has been growing as Eli | Rose Social Media has continued to grow, and the final push that swung the pendulum in favor of that came this weekend during BarCampMemphis. The majority of people who use social media are either completely unfamiliar with the mom blogosphere or have never been a part of it, and it didn’t take that many quizzical looks after saying “My Twitter handle is @BelleBeanDog” to know it was time to make the Big Switch.
@BelleBeanDog is still out there, though; I’m not ready to fully say goodbye to that name. I simply swapped my handles so you may still catch the random @BelleBeanDog sighting from time to time.
Have you thought about using your real name instead of your blog name on Twitter? Are you one of the increasing number of people to break up with Klout? Have you ever been to a BarCamp?