Who remembers their first use of Social Networks?
I can’t pin point the first memory, but I do remember quickly being sucked into Bebo . It was new, fun and highly addictive and m first experience of Social Networking.
It’s mad how the strange can become the norm. In years to come Tweeting and talking to strangers through Social Networks will be the complete norm . Our children will say “Oh my god, you were born before Twitter & Facebook , that’s mad” . They will ask us what we used to do before “The Social Network” and we will say we went to a thing called a local pub.
I don’t know what the future is for social networks , no one does, but I do know that it is forever evolving, so change is inevitable.
There is always the danger of becoming consumed by Social Networks and spending WAY too much time checking how many “likes” your post got or if your tweet got a re tweet. There needs to be a balance. But who has the perfect balance ? What is the right balance? Can there be a definite answer to this? I don’t think so, as everyone is different. Each person needs to establish a good balance for themselves . A healthy balance.
I saw the video below and it made me think. Some of it is true and I did have a little giggle, but it didn’t point out any of the many benefits of social networks . I don’t think you need to come off Facebook , you just need to use it correctly.
Yes, we all know people who post constantly on Facebook.
I have been guilty of this crime at times , but I do try to make my content interesting to my friends on Facebook.
I searched through YouTube to see if anyone had uploaded a video response to “You need to get off Facebook” and I found a few, but the one below is by far the best. This girl makes some very good points, her main point is that “Facebook doesn’t make you an asinine person.. Asinine People make Facebook Asinine” ( @AandQ pointed out to me that not everyone might know what Asinine means. Well it means to be stupid or silly . Quite American)
I don’t think I’ve found the perfect balance yet but my advice would be have fun on social networks but don’t become consumed.
Keep some things close to your chest, you don’t need to fully expose yourself to the world. Use the power of social media to learn new things and connect with interesting people. There are so many benefits to social networks.
Facebook and Twitter can be like online ads for you so you also need to be careful. If your tweets are open to the Public , who knows who could be reading them.
Let me know your thoughts?