5 Things I Don’t Understand about Social Media

Social Media ConfusionDespite my advanced age, I am trying to get caught up on the whole social media scene. However, there are five things I might never understand:

  1. How did my blog rank drop 80,000 places on Technorati overnight when I changed my URL? My old site, which redirects to the new site, keeps going up while my new site keeps going down. Same site, same content. WTF?
  2. How can anyone follow 20,000 people on Twitter? Is that all you do all day?
  3. How can so many people write secret things on other people’s Facebook walls and then say “please don’t tell anyone?”
  4. What do you do if you are sexting and you accidentally send it to the wrong number? (I know that’s not really “social media,” but it’s still something I worry about…or would…if…)
  5. Who is Justin Bieber?


Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala

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About Mark D. Jordahl

Mark Jordahl is a writer, trip leader and naturalist who has lived much of the last 7 years in Uganda and currently calls Colorado home.
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5 Responses to 5 Things I Don’t Understand about Social Media

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  2. Ha! Very good questions. It just so happens that when I’m not running around in the woods, I manage companies’ social media, so I can actually answer your question.

    1) Your page popularity is decided based on how “awesome” the internet thinks you are. Search engines decide how awesome you are by finding how many other awesome pages have links to your page. There are probably still lots of other pages pointing to your old url, which now just forwards to your new one. And there are not very many links to your new url.

    2) In some cases, yes, that is what they do all day. Some folks (like me) actually get paid to do that all day. Also, people don’t actually read all of their Twitter follows. They make Lists, and they limit their feed to just those subsets that they know in real life. Or possibly they are completely self-absorbed and don’t read any of their feed at all, just posting blindly without regard for the rest of the conversation.

    3) The same way we all tell our secrets all over the place and say “don’t tell anyone”. I actually just did this on my FB yesterday. I have a crush on someone, and I’m not really ready to be totally upfront about it. In the olden days, I would have had to involve a complex linkage of friends to get this “secret” information to the relevant party. Now with the magic of FB, I can just say something about it while pretending that I don’t know that the relevant party reads my FB. Everyone still gets to save face, and it’s much much simpler.

    4) It’s very awkward. You shouldn’t do it. I haven’t ever got my numbers crossed, but I have received a crossed text from a friend – a text that was definitely meant for someone who was a much closer friend than me. Very awkward.

    5) Ha!

    • Wow – thanks, DeAnna! I didn’t realize I was going to get good, solid answers to these. Love your honesty with #3. Guess I’ll just have to be patient with Technorati and hope to regain some lost ground.

      It’s great that you have found a way to balance you life – playing in the woods with kids, but still making a living with a “day job.” Good for you!

      And I’m still waiting to hear about this Justin Bieber guy 😉


  3. Devin says:

    You better not be sexting with anyone but me!! And I haven’t gotten anything lately, so maybe ALL of your texts are going to the wrong number?????

    • Mark D. Jordahl says:

      Oops!!! I just looked at my phone and “Dad” is right next to “Devin”…You mean you really haven’t gotten any recently? Uh oh…

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