What is the overall hype with all of the facets of online networking? For me it was a place to gain the exposure I needed to get my name out there in reference to my writing. Blogs, poetry and short stories, feeding my inner child with the hopes of having readers comment and make me known to the world as a published writer.
Now social networking is about competing against others in your network, based on how many people respond to your “statuses and news feeds”. Of course some of us get read and commented on more than others, but what does that say exactly? That you aren’t as popular as someone else or that you don’t have much to say? Are we now supposed to research the trends on what to post as our statuses to get the most responses and or comments?
Another facet I realized was that most people tend to post too much information, no longer keeping the social network a professional place. These persons use profanity to an all new level, they misuse the networking site to boost their old habits of keeping up with certain cliques, and they are also dissing others (excuse my slang input here) and starting turmoil amongst other users. Instead of it being a place to catch up with old friends’ men and women are using the sites as a way of dating communication. I’m confused, this is not a dating site yet I get responses relating to “Hey how are you? Are you single?” I suppose if there’s a will then there’s a way-right?
Question, is it always about how many friends you have? Or how many people you wish to connect with for whatever your reasons may be? I’m not at all upset that maybe someone I knew of in the past refuses my friend request, or that they accepted my request and later deleted me as a friend, for I haven’t been able to keep up with those updates much. Some check this on a daily basis. They know who deleted them and is no longer on their list and get upset when someone rejects their friend request. Could it be that they don’t know you, or don’t see where the connection will connect?
Social networking sites should be a place to reunite with old friends and family, to network with businesses and leaders within certain communities that will bring people together. Personally I’ve never experienced anything farther than the above. I don’t mind reading encouraging words and or posts related to what’s new within my social network. It’s a new way of communicating vs. picking up the telephone. It’s convenient and you get to talk to more than one person at a time. In the end I know for a lot of us networking mainly represent getting our name out there, getting heard, and getting noticed by any and everyone. We want to connect with those that can get us connected with someone else. That’s networking and that’s the key to a new era in marketing.
Get with the social networking real agenda it’s not always personal so don’t make it out to be, it’s all about being noticed, and getting a foot in the door to something greater than any updated status and or news feed will ever be, it’s a new way of marketing the most important product – YOU.