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Social Networking - Blessing or Curse?

Thursday, September 10, 2009 in My Opinions and Rantings (Views: 4665)
This blog seems a long time coming, but here it is... Social networking is an interesting animal - kind of a blessing and a curse. Social networking is about one thing - the person on the page. In a secondary sense, it's those who view your pages and comments.

I'm not going to go into what service is best, or anything like that. This is more a rant about social networking and my thoughts on the topic, rather than about the technology.

The page asks one question - Who am I? The subscriber's job is to answer that question. so Who am I? I am (in no particular order) a man, a boyfriend, a lover, a Christian, a techie, a dog owner, a blogger, a member of the cyberspace communit, and many other things. When I'm asked to speak my mind on my own page, I speak from those things that I am, since I have a perfect right to do so.

What seems to get me most is that there are some that feel they have a right to judge the content of your page, and try to drive your words like a puppeteer. There should be no censorship online except for what violates the law. Simply put, if you don't like what someone is writing, then don't read it.

Others use these services to stalk people. They find out what they can about you, and research those on your pages. Some people's intentions are pure, some completely aren't. Some people just never post, or even log in. You can always ask my ex who's been asking her about me, like we don't talk on occasion. Hint: an ex doesn't mean you can't be civil to each other on occasion and actually talk. Unfortunately, social networking can be used in the context of identity theft as well.

One problem about having this type of situation is that you really aren't going to be able to control what you say to people. For example, if you are strongly opposed to a political view, and speak your mind, you offend someone who is reading your page that you would never say something like that to their face in sensitivity. It's a party, about you, and the whole world is invited.

Personally, I don't give a crap what people think of my posts. My posts are what's on my mind, my opinion, my feelings, my world. Don't like my world? Can't handle it? Step off.

It is good to have these services to share pictures with people, just have fun, and meet those from your past. But, the general rule has always been to take care of the needs of the masses before the needs of the asses. If someone doesn't like what you post, you have to ask yourself if it's worth it to really care, and if it's worth it to let someone else control your thoughts and actions online.

One thing is for sure - once you post, you can't unpost.

So enjoy social networking for what it's worth. Speak your mind, and if someone doesn't like it, it's your page. Post what you find interesting, if someone wants to comment, let them. Someone wants to flame, flame back if you so desire. Be creative and express yourself. If you feel social networking is too much, then just cancel your account.

 

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