Is MySpace the new AOL?
It occured to me earlier today, while reading an excellent Featured Post from Jeanean Gendron, that she has a real mastery of social media, and is really on top of all the latest social media sites.
Just scroll down to the bottom of her blog post and take a look at her link widgets. She's got 11 of them!
Let's see, there's Facebook, of course. Twitter, too. Those are the must-haves in my book, but she's got a lot more. LinkedIn. YouTube. Pretty common to see. Digg and Stumble Upon are spreading pretty quickly, too.
But Jeanean has some sites that you don't see very often: Delicious, Blip.tv, Technorati among them.
But guess what's missing? Come on, guess!
That's right ... MySpace!
Perhaps the social media site that made all this possible — and the unquestioned leader of the pack just a couple of short year's ago — MySpace is losing interest by the hour from members and advertisers young and old.
But even though icon No. 12 would make her rows of widgets line up all nice and pretty, she has chosen to skip it. Does she fear that MySpace will make her look like she's behind the times? Out of touch? Let the technology train leave the station without her?
In other words, has MySpace become the new AOL?
Think about it. Tech-savvy real estate agents know that their image is very important. That branding is very important. Many of us have learned to take our brand all the way down to our email addresses.
But some agents — many of whom are still pretty successful in their own right — don't get it. You know who I am talking about ... agents who still think it's OK to have an AOL email address. Have you recently seen one of these? Remember how it made you feel the instant you saw it. Did you smirk? Chuckle? Feel sorry for them?
I think Jeanean is very wise. One look at her blog, and you can tell that this lady is utilizing technology in a very smart way. With real estate agents being bombarded each day with a seemingly endless array of new "tools" to help us make our lives "simpler" and our jobs "easier," Jeanean has done a remarkable job of sorting through the clutter and using what works for her.
Each day I struggle as I try to do the same. But the changes in technology and social media will continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and I don't want to be left behind.
One thing I know for sure: MySpace will never take up my space.