…And for a while it seemed as though everything was perfect. MySpace and it was, for a time, the “precise” social networking tool…for some it was the best thing since sliced bread. But then there came a shift…MySpace started to get out out of hand. Kids as young as 12 and 13 began to infiltrate the network. Pages began popping up out of nowhere with hideous page layouts and insane, mindless comments. And on top of everyone’s “friend” Tom, friend requests began to pop up from out of know where…everyone from spammers to techno-weirdo’s began requesting my cyberspace friendship.
Here comes the college kids with FaceBook
I have no problems with this application. Facebook began as a collegiate social networking site for university students to communicate on a technologically social level. Several years post its birth, it too became open to those in and out of school…just about everyone these days has or knows someone with a Facebook account. I pray that this will not suffer the same fate as its younger brethren.
I have a question for all of you.
How many of you use Twitter? I’m not talking about those of you who simply follow your favorite celebrities. No, I’m talking about those of you that actually use Twitter for what it was intended…a dynamic social networking micro-blog that allows people to update instantaneously to mass quantities. Critical information can thus be communicated as instantaneously as sending a phone call. Think of it as a 2nd generation AOL Instant Messenger.
What is Twitter?
A co-worker recently asked me what Twitter was and my opinion of it. Staying aware of my self-imposed duty to keep my peers aware of the latest technology, I told her that Twitter is the preeminent way of communicating in 2010. Not only could you follow the latest news, techie and whatever other media outlets your heart desires, but also follow friends, co-workers and random people with interesting things to say. I then told her that she didn’t even have to actually post a tweet to belong on Twitter, she could simply assume the role as a cyber-voyeur until she felt more comfortable to actually become engaged…and the best part of it…it’s all absolutely FREE (for now)!
So in conclusion, get out there and Tweet…tweet about your neighborhood, your favorite coffee (I sure would like to know), etc. Feel free to tweet about anything. The message I would like to get across is simply embrace technology for it can be your friend (and your enemy as well if you aren’t careful).
As always, take care of yourself and one another…Peace