Not a week goes by that somebody does not invite me to join some sort of social networking thing on the Internet. I’ve joined sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and assorted other lesser-known places.
While I’m sure they all have their merits, I do not have the time or desire to try and keep up with all of them. In fact, the primary site I do use (Facebook) can take way too much time if I allow it (which is why I no longer mess with silly things like “Farmville” and the like).
Even though I think that 95% of the stuff people do on Facebook borders on the ridiculous, there is an important value to maintaining my membership there – I keep up with friends I might otherwise lose track of. Over the years, many people have moved away and this is one sure way to keep them ‘close to me’ that I didn’t have even a short time ago. Sure, there’s always e-mail and cell phone plans that allow you to call anywhere in the U.S. on the cheap, but the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” comes into play. When I log in and see status updates for my friends, I am reminded of their importance to me and, once again, I am in touch with them – applauding their accomplishments, sharing a laugh and, at the very least, accompanying them in some virtual way through life’s journey. By the way, virtual is as real as real can be – Many tangible things come to fruition that are first born in the virtual world.
If you are really into the social-networking scene and stay busy with memberships on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I encourage you to try the Flock Browser, based on Firefox. It does a really nice job of tying everything together and, like its open source father, it’s free. I am actually writing this blog post with its built-in editor.
So while I am never likely to become a fan of Tide detergent on Facebook, or trade cows, pigs and apricot trees with people in “Famville,” I am nonetheless an eternal fan of my friends and appreciate this medium for staying connected.
By the way, no need to “follow” me on Twitter – I’m really not going anywhere all that interesting there!
Here endeth the blog post for today…