Confession: I'm usually the last one to get on board.
It's true. When something new and trendy hits the streets I will not be one of the first ones to be involved. I just got a Blackberry seven months ago. I'm aware, just not that interested. I'm not a naturally curious person. My mother, on the other hand, has the latest iPhone and an iPad.
Social networking is on everyone's mind these days. We discuss it everywhere. We had a seminar last week at work about it. Everyone is discussing the importance of staying in touch, of being informed, of knowing the latest. Everyone is on Facebook, everyone tweets. I know bloggers that have put themselves on self-imposed fasts from tweeting and facebooking because they spend so much time engaged in these activities.
I had no idea.
I've been on FB for a few years but I only really use it to store and share photos with my family and friends. Some folks from high school have contacted me but it pretty much ends after the initial, "How are you? conversation. I haven't discovered the value in knowing everytime this girl I went to high school with goes to boot camp aerobics. In fact, there are several of my "friends" that I have had to remove from my newsfeed because their posts are random and annoying. Most of those people are in their twenties. I don't want to un-friend them because that would be rude. I also realize that most people are just "friend collectors" and could care less how I'm doing or what I'm up to.
Is social networking really social? Or is it a lazy, superficial way for people to sort-of make contact. After all, it's not really contact, is it? Is it? I've been to actual social events where people spend more time on their smart phones texting, tweeting or whatever they are doing instead of engaging with the real, live humans that they are sharing air space with.
When I think about it, this form of social networking should be perfect for me because I can't stand a crowd and I'd prefer sitting on my couch sending emails or blogging instead of putting on heels and going to a party. Case in point: It's 9:00 pm and I'm at home blogging.
Anyway, I decided to conduct an experiment of my own. I'm going to do a full court press on this social networking thing. I now have a Twitter account and I'm going to consistently tweet and post statuses on FB for the next month and see if all this "networking" is really effective or if it's just a big time suck.
Check out my twitter updates to the right and if you are so inclined, follow me.