Talk To Me

642px-dialog_ballons_iconsvgWeb 1.0 would have to be considered a monologue and web 2.0 definitely a dialog.  Social  networking is suppose to be putting consumers/customers/users in control of the conversation.  Yet I there are times I wonder what should be considered conversation.

Love my Twitter but if there isn’t some give and take (replies) then Twitter is a fancy way to have a monologue? Certainly comments on blogs (minus the spam) are a great vehicle for having a dialog (as long as the blogger responds and doesn’t leave comments hanging out there).  But what bugs me are the comments on sites like Facebook.  Are they really establishing a conversation between two entities?  I’ve seen some comments that leave me scratching my head and asking “why did they bother to type?”  The type that appear that the commenter either didn’t read or understand the post/article/video posted by the original person.

Is my objection to these kind of comments going against the whole reason behind Web 2.0?  To me Web 2.0 is about YOU.  It’s about you – no matter who YOU are – being able to contribute, participate, communicate with others like YOU.  Web 2.0 is peer to peer which really appeals to me.

After mulling this over what I’ve come to realize  is that some Web 2.0 conversations are like a 4 star meal from a top French chef while others are McDonald’s french fries.  There is room for both on my Web 2.0  culinary conversation menu.


3 Responses to Talk To Me

  1. Alan says:

    A question on the Facebook commenting. Are these comments on your FB or someone else’s? I may post a comment on FB that has meaning only to the person who’s page I am commenting on. I don’t really care if it has meaning to a 3rd party.

  2. mlibrarianus says:

    My FB page. I understand that the dialog between myself and someone else may mean nothing to a 3rd party. What puzzles me are comments to ME that show that the person commenting really hasn’t read, watched or listened to what I posted. In essence they are commenting just to comment and not about continuing the conversation or starting a new one. It is those types of comments that are junk food to me. But as I came to realize even I like McDonald’s french fries ever so often (even if they are horribly bad for my healthy lifestyle).

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