Social Networking : Say No to Online, YES to Offline
Social networking is crucial for the sustainability of WordPress blog and can be the backbone of your WordPress blog success. This is due to the fact that by having huge social network, it can provide you the supports and helps that money cannot buy.
There is huge coverage on the online social networking sites such Facebook and Twitter – told us how crucial for us to look more and more peers and followers through this kind of online sites. I definitely put my absolute support on the stand that through these online social networking sites, we can gather huge friends and followers throughout the world.
However, there is drawback about this idea. There are a considerable of number of users of these online social networking sites especially Twitter have the mindset that the purpose of these sites is to gather as many followers and friends as compared to other users regardless the ‘quality’ and sincerity of this so called ‘relationship’.
Twitter, for example, has been the latest online social networking site that has been latest ‘dust bin’ for online marketing stuffs and spam after emails account. It is acceptable to tweet in online marketing stuffs but only if it is along discussions and followers. Twitter is developed for interactions between its users but however, most of its users have treated it just like a big piece of notice board.
Here are the statistics about Twitter that you may not know about:
- 79.79% failed to provide a homepage URL
- 75.86% of users have not entered a bio in their profile
- 68.68% have not specified a location
- 55.50% are not following anyone
- 54.88% have never tweeted
- 52.71% have no followers
You can read more about Twitter statistics from HubSpot’s State of Twittersphere report.
Besides online social networking, offline social networking is also crucial for WordPress blog as it can be the balancing factor to the weak points of online social networking that I have mentioned before.
It is because the relationships that are being developed are more realistic because the relationship can only be further developed if we are actually be part of the relationship unlike the online social networking which we can simply accept or reject anybody.
In order to make the offline social networking easier and help ourselves to keep up to date to the group of interest and its upcoming events, there is a site – Meet Up that can help us.
Through Meet Up, we can look for the group of our interest for our local area for example; you can look for WordPress groups that are located under your area ZIP code in USA or UK. The best part is it covers every city in each of the countries throughout the entire world.
Besides Meet Up, you can also meet people from casual local users, collaborators to local core developers of WordPress, share ideas, and get to know each other by participating in the WordCamp – camp for WordPress users and developers which is being held in major cities throughout the world.
This event is the most important thing that you should write into your diary as it is an event organized by local communities to talk about all things WordPress. It can probably be the only channel that let you meet up with other local WordPress developers and if it possible, pitch some WordPress related business proposal or to form joint venture.
In the meantime, I thought it might be helpful to publicize some upcoming WordCamps:
WordCamp New Zealand: Wellington, New Zealand, August 8-9, 2009
WordCamp Huntsville: Huntsville, Alabama, USA, August 15