I don’t understand social networking. I mean I sort of get it, but some stuff just escapes me. I have a twitter account and I actually tweet from time to time. I have a facebook account and I sign on regularly. I think I have an account with links-something and even a few others. I don’t use them, don’t remember why I signed up, and have not a clue what my sign-on and passwords are.
I think Twitter is great for getting out information quickly to a group of friends. Instead of multiple text messages to convey important information to your friends you make one tweet. Facebook is not only great for keeping up with friends but is a tool to find and reconnect with old friends from high school, college and work.
I originally signed up to facebook to play on-line poker with friends. I signed up to twitter to try and promote my book, and my blog. I have 80 friends on facebook. I probably have ten friends in real life. I follow 30 people on Twitter, and about 30 follow me. Most of my facebook “friends” are seldom on-line and still I can’t keep up with all of the messaging and updates. Few of my Twitter follows are close friends and I skip through the majority of the tweets.
I understand reaching out to old friends and acquaintances. I understand relaying important messages to multiple people. I don’t understand 3000+ friends on facebook. I don’t understand tweeting, “Just woke up and had to pee.” I have followed interesting people on twitter that tweet every 3 minutes. I had to unfollow. If you follow 1000 people and get an alert for every tweet on your smart phone, how do you ever get anything done?
TV ads for annoying institution like Insurance Companies, Used Car Dealers and Lawyers all tell us to find them on www.blahblah, friend on Facebook and follow on Twitter. I can understand getting further information for one of these entities on the internet, but who or why would anyone friend or follow them? I have to put up with their TV ads, do I really need to get their tweets and facebook updates?
Please, someone please explain to me who are the 682 people that follow “Pabst Blue Ribbon” and get 27 tweets everyday like this:
Too much information is like hoarding. It will clutter and control your life. Too many “friends” is like having too much stuff. You can only live in one house at a time or drive one car. The more stuff you have the less you value it. It is impossible to truly value thousands of friends. I prefer a small dinner gathering of six or eight people to a cocktail party of eighty.
I gotta end this, I have to take a leak, and then have lunch, then go to the gym, then check my email and Facebook and Twitter, then eat dinner, watch TV, use the bathroom, brush my teeth, and go to sleep. In the morning I plan to wake up and then…..what the hell, just follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook and you will know everything.