TheMadScientist - 9:07 pm on Feb 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
What I mean is that when I want to find information, I wouldn't rely on posting a question on FB or Twitter, I find it faster to Google it.
I understand what you mean, and still do search some, but there was a time when I searched for designers for sites because I didn't have time to design my own sites, and I did research for quite a while... What I didn't know at the time is someone I went to HS with is a professional web designer now. No more searching for a designer again, because if they don't have time, they will be able to recommend someone who does.
Where am I going to eat when I go out of town? I don't need to search or look at all the pretty ads for quite a few places. I've seen reviews from all over the place on FB...
To me the thing FB does is provides personal recommendations for services, etc. in advance of needing them. I don't expect to post on FB and get an immediate answer for something, but there are also quite a few things I don't really need to search for any more, because someone has already provided the answer, so all I have to do is scroll back and I get a personal recommendation from someone for a service.
Cable, Dish or DirecTV? I've seen people post which they like better and what they like about each based on real life experience. I don't even need to ask, someone already did for me... They even managed to get Internet connection speed and package deals pointed out. Why would I use Google when I'll get answers from people I don't know anything about or an Ad from each provider rather than just reading what people I know and/or they know have say?
I see posts about what browsers do and don't do and what people like about their new computer or operating system all the time. I don't need to look to do some comparison shopping, because I have a friend or friend of a friend who's already done some, so I don't need to search to find all the answers any more I just need to see what they say and then go to the sites of the brand I'm considering and double check the information...
Again, IMO it's not about posting and getting the information right now, but already having access to the information about a site, product or service from someone you know is not a company rep. or whatever. I can usually find feedback from real people I know (or a friend knows) who actually use whatever it is (site, product, service) I'm interested in without having to search and trying to decide if I trust the resource provided by Searching and finding some random site in the results. (Of course on a sarcastic note: TBPR really helps in the searching situations, because knowing whether Google's algo thinks a page is important or not really helps me make my decisions. I mean if it's got a TBPR of 8 the references and information must be really good, right? LOL)