Marcy Gordon describes herself as “a reader, writer, eater, traveler” on her “Come for the Wine” blog, but she’s much too modest. While she didn’t invent Post-Its or fly around the world in a hot air balloon (yet) she did come up with the name “Travelocity,” that little Website that we all use now and again to book our travel. Through hilarious tweets and travelogues she takes her captivated readers on Odysseys through the world’s vineyards and far-flung travel destinations. She’s managed to attract a devout following on Twitter, and she was kind enough to share her social media philosophy with The JAGWIRE Group in this interview.
What Social Media apps do you use, and why?
I only use Twitter. I like its low barrier to entry, nothing to maintain, nothing to manage, just point and tweet. And when the day comes when we all move en masse to the next big thing, and that day will come, there is nothing lost as twitter exists in the moment.
Which ones are you steering clear of, and why?
As I said above I only use Twitter. I pretty much steer clear of everything else.
I don’t like the user interface of FaceBook and dislike the constant changes in privacy policies. Essentially I have a deep distrust of Face Book. Social media is a moving target and for now the home base tool of choice for staying in touch with the people you already know or for creating a home base for some businesses is Face Book. But Face Book feels constrained to me and I have no interest in reconnecting with anyone from my past.
I find no value in Foursquare and all other “check-in” type of apps. These apps are just noise to me. Goggle Wave seems to have washed ashore with no one on it and I have no desire to join Google + at this point in time.
I used to be an early adopter of all new technologies, but now I am a diligent laggard. I don’t have the time or inclination to be out on the SM front lines determining if something is worthy. I let the masses prove the concept, and if the buzz is maintained and people I trust like it, I will consider joining. But I have no desire to be first in to the burning building anymore. My fireman days are over. Prove it to me first. My time is too valuable to be beta testing. (more…)