Social Networking – Fun or Fuss

Posted: July 15, 2010 in Module 2: Web 2.0
Tags: , , , ,

I think this gets back to the notion that mass media has been (or is being) replaced by a mass of niches. Rather than opinion being shaped by the person with the biggest microphone, there’s a cacophony of little voices vying for attention. But even though I know the Internet is now full of different perspectives on just about every subject imaginable, I find I gravitate towards the communities I have an interest, passion and (yes) prejudice for. As humans, we tend to identify with like-minded people.
As for a difference between social networking sites, I once heard someone quip that Facebook is for the people you used to know and Twitter is for the people you want to know! That’s very simplistic, I know, but there’s an element of truth in there. I’ve found I’ve drifted away from Facebook. It’s great to catch up with old school friends but I don’t really want to know what they had for breakfast day after day. I find Twitter more valuable as a news and conversation source. I don’t worry about how many followers I have but I find I can tailor the news I want to receive by following the people I’m interested in and I can join conversations whether I know people or not.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s