Social Networking

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Why I started

About a year ago I began to hear about Web 2.0 applications and social networking.  People said that the future belonged to Web 2.0 and that the individuals who mastered it would control their niches.  At the time I was beginning to form a plan to develop a business network using the web.  I believed the buzz and began to explore social networking.  I joined Facebook. I set up a Twitter account.  I started this blog as a personal statement of who I am.

I can’t say that I had a vision of where I planned to go or how the pieces fit together.  I was borrowing visions from others who seemed to know what was going on with the expectation that things would sort themselves out along the way.  I am an optimist after all.  The blog is coming along; the business network or even the social network, not so much.

My experience so far

So how is it going?  I wish I could say that social networking is working for me.  Or that I could even understand what it would mean for it to be working for me.  When I say social networking, I mean Twitter and Facebook.  Right now I have a Facebook account and two Twitter accounts.


Facebook has produced some results meaning that I have connected with people from my past and exchange some casual information with them.  I know things that I didn’t know before about people who weren’t in my thoughts until Facebook.  That isn’t a bad thing but neither is it a good thing because my relationships with them are just above superficial.  I have picked up some people that I have work relationships with now and some with whom I had previous work relationships.  I have not picked up any new relationships from Facebook and I haven’t developed deeper and richer relationships or pushed them in different directions because I don’t see how to do that.


Twitter is quite different.  As soon as I joined, people started following me.  I have no idea why.  Somehow I selected some people to follow.  I don’t even remember how but some of them were the people that decided to follow me.  Maybe that’s the reason they followed but what escapes me is what benefit anyone has from having me follow them.  I have found some people that I respect and they often Tweet links to web posts- either theirs or someone they recommend.  Occasionally, I Tweet with some kind of status update- like anybody will care but I feel bad about not joining the community.  Twitter advocates suggest that you can ask questions and someone will answer.  Not true in my experience.  Apparently you can search for Tweets with keywords but so far I haven’t been able to rouse myself to the effort.

What was I expecting?

I was expecting something unexpected.  I don’t know how else to put it because Web 2.0 is supposed to open a whole new world of social networking.  It actually turns out to be not unlike regular networking at which I suck.

What am I missing?

One of the life lessons that I keep rediscovering is that most of my limitations are self imposed.  I have stepped up the effort in many areas of my life and pushed myself to learn and do different things.  I think that part of my problem is that my vision of the potential of Web 2.0 is limited by what I know right now.  The people that are advocating Facebook, Twitter and other Web 2.0 vehicles see farther or pick up a richer color spectrum that I am missing.  Has anybody broken through this barrier and taken themselves to a higher level with Web 2.0 and having done that provide me some clues about what efforts or techniques I might use to break through myself?  If so drop some breadcrumbs in my comments.

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  • Hansi December 2, 2011, 7:31 am

    You probably already know my opinion about Facebook and Twitter; it’s bullshit. Really it’s just basically all about people bullshitting with one another. Most of it a waste as “does anybody really give a shit?” But blogging is different. One can develop a true ‘voice’ for themselves and share it with others in a blogging community of regular readers, who you follow too. As we get older, I think technology will tend to overwhelm us. That’s why I feel we have to be picky about which of its forms we choose to embrace. I just set my 35 year old daughter up with Skype, cause she’s gonna be out of state in training for two weeks and we are going to take care of our two grandsons a lot. Skype ids going to be a great way, with video, for her to talk with her sons while away.
    Hansi’s last Blog Post ..Got My Mojo Workin’

    • Ralph December 2, 2011, 8:23 am

      Skype is great. If you have a webcam on each end you can see the person you are talking to. But be careful. It’s a slippery slope.

  • Bill Murney December 3, 2011, 4:31 am

    Ralph, I haven’t visited for a while – been busy with my project which is now 95% completed, thanks to your input.

    As for social networking, I think Hansi summed it up splendidly. Now I can see the point of Facebook for keeping in touch with family or close friends, or even promoting a business but Twitter – well I just cannot see the point of it.

    They say Twitter is a micro blogging platform but what is better than the real thing? As you said people started following you, but why?

    Bill Murney’s last Blog Post ..Pat Condell On Religion

    • Ralph December 3, 2011, 9:00 am

      It is great to hear that your project is nearly ready to launch. Good Luck! I’m starting to get more deeply into Facebook- probably need to update on that. Twitter is still just something I don’t get.

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