Everyone talks about “social media” or “social networking”. No, I am not talking about the movie. Facebook. Twitter. MySpace. Blogs. Yes, I am guilty of being addicted to this form of communication. If you are reading this, then I dare say, so are you, even if only to a small degree. Social networking is meant to be all about bringing people closer together. It lets you share your news (happy or sad), thoughts and opinions to everyone quickly. And it spreads the message far and wide. It is simply technology helping make us all one big happy family. YES!
As much as I love tweeting, and I just passed the 40,000th tweet milestone last weekend, I am also well aware of the negative impacts of this type of “social” interaction. It is true that I have made many friends through Twitter – searching for a hashtag (#) and trending topics (aka “TT” in Twitterverse) will help you find others you have something in common with – but I am also aware of the effects of negative messages being spread via social networking sites. After all, for anyone who has seen “the Facebook movie” or read the book on which the film was based, you would know that the site started life in a mean-spirited fashion.