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The Ultimate List to What is Noisy in Social Media

While invitations to Google+ have been throttled to the point of being valuable enough to sell for real money on eBay, I was lucky enough to be in one of the first rounds of participation. One of y’all invited me, and my life hasn’t been the same since.

http://profiles.google.com/chris.pirillo

Yeah, I don’t mind sharing things that I think are hilarious, interesting, fun, useful, or whatever – and this can lead to several updates over the course of a short period of time. It’s not that I’m posting a TON – it’s just that few others are posting as much as I am. This has caused some people to label my updates as “noise.”

No. What I post is not noise. If you need clear-cut examples of social media noise, here:

  • Location Check-ins
  • Name Dropping for the Sake of Name Dropping
  • Photos of Nothing Interesting That Nobody Would EVER Care About
  • Status Updates Claiming That You’re Bored
  • Adding No Value to News That Everybody Else Has Already Shared
  • Stump Replies to Other People without ANY Context
  • Generic, Banal Updates
  • Links to Blatant Spam Re-Blog Pages
  • “Me Too”
  • Sycophants

Based on this list, I am far from “noisy” on Google+ (or anywhere else, for that matter).

I can point you to thousands of examples every single minute that I have to filter through – even after trying to pare down who and what I choose to follow. At least I feel that when I update a status on any one of my social networks, there’s SOME kind of value being passed along.

Is Social Media Driving You Crazy?

There is a lot of noise on the Internet. We are inundated with photos, videos, music and words to the point we have to start filtering some of it out or go insane. I’m starting to wonder, though, if we are driving ourselves crazy in the process. Are we going deaf and blind? How much good content are we missing out on when we tune out and turn off? It’s obviously not feasible to read/hear/watch everything out there. The key is going to have to be to balance what we’re consuming online – filtering out the noise while taking in the important stuff. How the hell do we pull that off?

Decide what’s really important to you. What is it you want to get out of social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook? Take the time to decide which types of things you feel add value to your day and which just provide background noise. Make a point of weeding through your lists and get rid of anyone who just seems to be there for the heck of it.

You may feel important when you follow a lot of people, but what good is that really doing you? Are you learning anything? Have you gained any type of knowledge, insight or satisfaction from each of these users? Do they at least make you laugh once in a while? Why do you keep following those whom do nothing more than annoy you when you see their constant drivel wind its way through your timelines?

Filtering out noise will keep you a whole lot more sane, I promise. I’m not saying you can’t have fun and follow people who make you laugh. Watch videos that are comedic in nature only. Listen to your favorite tunes or the newest smash hit from that unknown artist. You don’t have to completely cut yourself off from the “unimportant” things and people… you just need to find a better way to balance that with the things and persons who will add true value to your day and your life.