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7:32 PM / Posted by cutefreaky /

Naaah.. its not an astro-physics blog post. Its about the addictive concept of social networking.

To name a few orkut,bebo , myspace,, friendster, skyrock , hi5, youtube, linkedin,facebook, twitter.. the list seems endless. All of them is trying to serve one purpose, to connect their individual life into other person's world.

People no longer seem to have time to stop by for a coffee to catch up with an old friend. They simply login to facebook or follow their friend on twitter. Mobile space has quickly caught up to this trend and serves as a cyber 'cafe' to login to your account and to get upto the minute update about the other person's life.

Though am part of the networking crowd, I do have mixed views about this concept.

I have heard parents anxiety about how their kids no longer know to write proper english sentences with grammar, punctuations and spelling. I have seen gran-parents trying to setup facebook accounts to get updates from their 'grand-kids'. Can you believe this? Old people are forced to adapt to social networking to stay in touch with their family.

Apart from all this, these sites publish your day-to-day life to the world viz your friend list and their friends (depending on your privacy settings). The friend list starts out to be the small group you are interacting with which then expands out to all the long lost friends from school, high-school, college, grad-school and work place. Its fun and exciting to begin with but after the usual small talk in parties you have to move onto the next guest. The same happens after the usual 'hello's and how are you' in social networks too.

You are not the same tween-ager nor the same naughty school boy anymore. Things change around you, life changes your ways and habits and make you a different person but people from your past might not really know the new 'you' and there are surprises for all followed usually with comments that are seen even by your boss who is now 'connected' to you. Ouch... do you really want your boss to know what you did at your prom night or when you had your 'weed' experience (or) did your ever imagine your once gorgeous high school sweet-heart updating her status as to how much she misses dancing with you ;-)? Naaah.. i guess not...

Last stab to this is the twitter world.Its popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. Being a blogger myself, the concept of mini-blogging is very enticing. However anybody can follow anybody. An average person only tweets about once in his lifetime ie. once in 74 days. The tweeter usually likes to follow others lives but not really publish his own. It has its pro's and con's but nobody can deny the pandora tweet-box it opens to the public.

World shrinks n brings people close but how close is close enough to still have your privacy in check ?



Comment by Anand on 11:29 PM

you reflect my thoughts.. nice to see you blogging again!

Comment by Random Access on 1:28 AM

Im one of the guys who have got fed up in the process of trying to do the same thing using 100 different mechanisms.. No one even IMs nowadays.. everyone is too busy somewhere, but its tough to find that same old buddy... *sigh*

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

Comment by Bhaskar on 12:23 PM

Visited your blog after a long time... And it seems you are back with a bang!

You have been nominated for the Kreative Blogger award. Wake up!!

Comment by Cactus on 1:24 AM

Yennga Kanama Pona Rendu Varushama?? Blogging After 2007???

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