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Socially Networked-How many do you have ?

Social networking seems to be the in thing these days . Everybody ,myself included, has a “profile” in one (if not more ) of these social networking sites.Orkut, Facebook, Linkedin -you name it ! Some of the things what you can do to your contacts : scrap, slap, ,poke,pimp (??) ,write on walls ….

The main theme is expanding your network. But i feel that idea is rather over-exploited because all we do is keep adding people as connections-people whom we hardly know. I know folks whose contacts list exceeds 700. Well , the point is, whats the use of adding people if you don’t know them ? Testing the ‘6 degrees of separation’ theory is definitely not a reason.

Interestingly, the ‘e-friends’ made online are higher than the friends whom you physically know. But such an online existence does raise some questions in my mind- Would you really be comfortable meeting that friend’s friend’s friend of yours in person ? Would you consult him/her for advice as you would ask your school/ college mate/colleague ? Would you invite him for your marriage ? Heck, Will you remember his details if the Orkut server is dead ?

Everything said and done, these online avatars do give people a chance to do things that they cannot in real life- a place where everyone is a King or a Queen.

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  1. June 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    true..social networking is pretty critical these days…u get things done often through your contacts in various places (within college,company,government etc..) Moreover it does open up avenues for people to stay in touch with one another…U never know who has that golden piece of advice which could work wonders & answer your questions! Keep posting !

  2. June 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Social networking sites were fun to begin with. I was amazed at the people I met online who I hadn’t met in person for years! But it has begun to get a little tiresome. There’s no end to the “friend requests” you get, and since you are on it, it’s hard not to respond to scraps, slaps, scribbles or whatever.
    Is this just a phase the world is going through? It would be interesting to wait and watch!

  3. Ravi
    June 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    @Scatterbrain:
    Yes one can wait and watch.What is of even more concern is the kind of profiling that is being done on you because of the information that you give out in such sites.One has no idea of the vastness of personal data present in the database of such companies-gathered from your profiles,email accounts, search patterns -down to your i.p address. But i guess online privacy is a separate debatable issue by itself.

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