Social Networking

Do you blog, tweet, or write on somebody’s wall? If you do, is there something wrong with you? Well, of course not. Most people these days understand that all of these things are simply part of what we call social networking. It seems you can’t go anywhere without hearing (or seeing) something about facebook, twitter, blogs, etc. So, why do I do it?

I started my journey into the social networking world with this blog. It was, and is, a great way to keep friends and family updated on what’s happening. Unfortunately, blogs require lots of work, thought and consideration. It takes time to update things and publish new posts. We live in a world that wants everything now. So, I moved from the blogosphere deeper into the world of social networking to a place known as facebook.

Facebook is a wonderful place where you can connect with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors…you get the picture. You can provide on-going updates as to what you are doing at this very minute. For example, right now I might enter something like, “I’m typing a new blog post”. Then all of my friends would know exactly what I’m doing. I have used facebook to keep people updated with what’s going on in my life. I also use it to keep track of many friends & family members, including many I have not seen in years. Facebook is a marvelous tool for re-connecting with old friends.

Then there is twitter. I resisted the idea of using twitter for quite some time but finally caved and opened my account last week. I must say, I really love it! Twitter is a lot like facebook. In fact, you can even use twitter to update your facebook status. Just as with facebook, twitter is used to keep friends updated on what you’re doing right now. However, what I like better about twitter is the ability to choose who you receive updates from. You can also re-tweet something that someone else has posted. That great when you read something that is really good and you want to share it with your group of friends.

I guess some might think all of this social networking we do is a bit overkill. Sometimes I’ll agree. We tend to share a bit too much information at times. But, overall I have to say I think social networking sites are fantastic tools. You are able to re-connect and stay in touch with friends you may not have seen in years. It’s also a great way to build a network of people with whom you can share ideas and information. And, it’s fun! So I say keep on blogging, writing on walls and tweeting!

(You can find my facebook page by clicking the “my facebook page” banner on the right side of my blog. If you would like to follow me on twitter, my user name is 94vol.)

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