January 17, 2010

Social networking sites

We all have accounts in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and such sites but do we really network?? As part of the herd and not wanting to be left out, I too succumbed to signing up in these sites, more to park myself in cyberspace than anything. Don't get me wrong, I am not some an asocial person or anything but I do find the charm and interest in these sites waning.

In FB, at first, we connect with long lost classmates and then we exchange notes and say the right things of how lovely to get connected etc.. but beyond that there is very little else to add or continue the conversation. Its quite funny, to log in and see some friends comment on some photo and 4/5 others 'commenting' or 'liking' it.. Then, there is Farmville and some other inane quizzes all your friends take and have that displayed... I feel so lost in FB, actually:-)

Twitter is even funnier, most people seem to be following than tweeting. I am not talking about official tweets and knowledge management kind of tweets in this post. General tweeting most often is as inane as "I had cornflakes for breakfast"!

LinkedIn probably is more meaningful but I must say I have not been very active there. Actually, my prediction is that sites like FB and Twitter will lose their sheen if the users don't evolve while LinkedIn looks like it will be here to stay.

Personally, I am more 'the blogger':-)

1 comment:

vp said...

I am totally with you about the social media sites. But the reason why social media websites are extremely successful, is simply because it gives an alternative time pass of entertainment where a restless mind has the option of aimlessly searching. If you notice so many applications have been created where people can collaborate or send information to each other in different forms.