Poll: What are some common fears and resistance to joining social networking and media?

Poll: What are some common fears and resistance to joining social networking and media?

For Share This!, I’m trying to cover and answer some of the most common hesitant feelings when it comes to people getting fully on board with the social networking movement. If you’re not active already, what are the questions you need answered, or the fears you have? For those that are in deep, what do you hear from the people around you who aren’t?

Also, I’m doing a series of “Yeah, But…” sidebars to help answer questions. What are your “yeah, buts”?

Here are the fears and yeah-buts I’ve heard most (in no particular order):

  • I don’t want people to know about my private life
  • I like using social networks to maintain my personal relationships, but I don’t like blending the professional stuff in with it
  • I feel like I have to get everything right/perfect before I join an online conversation (most often with blogging)
  • I don’t have time for any of this stuff.
  • Yeah but… the corporations/government are gathering so much info about us.
  • … everything moves too fast. I can’t keep up.
  • … media/journalism require money/investment. Social networks can’t replace that.
  • … these social networks are all closed/walled gardens. Why don’t we all do something open source?

Maybe one more question, for intermediate and advanced folks: If you could look back at your pre-social-networking self and offer one piece of insight or wisdom, what would it be? Is there anything you wish you’d known before you joined into social networks?

Leave everything in the comments below; I’ll let yous know which ones make it into the draft and the final versions of the book.



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