The Curious Case of Social Networking
Social networking is all around us. Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, YouTube and the list goes on. Honestly, there are more than I personally want to know about. Just ten years ago all I had was an email account and instant messenger and now I have accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, G + and Pinterest, all for different reasons. I mainly interact with Facebook given that quite a few of the "friends" I have on there are actually friends and I want to keep in touch with them.
If used wisely, social networks go serve a tremendous purpose but if one is not careful, they can become addictive a lot of valuable time can actually be wasted on them. Hence, I try to use them wisely since I don't have much time to waste. I go on, I post, I share, I like, I comment, I touch base, I leave a word of encouragement and I have purposeful interaction. After all, isn't that the reason why I add people or accept their invitation or request to be added?
Herein lies the curious part. Lots of people just add others but never connect with them thereafter. I actually know some people who think it's somehow prestigious and gives them an appearance of popularity to have lots of "friends" on their network so they add random individuals from all corners of the globe, but the communication rarely moves beyond that. They are actually on a mission to have as many persons on their network as possible and to outdo others by having the most.
Of course, you can't communicate with everyone all the time, but with some people there is never any communication at all. Never a like, a comment, a view, nothing. They are just there making up numbers on your list. Some, even if you try to connect, they don't respond. I'm not even referring to people who no longer interact with the network, I am referring to people who simply do not interact with you and practically never have.
Personally, having thousands of friends, connections, followers or whatever they are called on whatever network, really doesn't make sense if there is no social networking with the majority of them. For business purposes they might still be useful, just for the sake of publicity but for personal purposes, what's the point?
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