Posted by: Xue Wen | September 23, 2008

Do You Agree.. Love of Social Networking Not Universal Affair..

I just read an article about “Love of Social Networking Not Universal Affair”, by Siti Syameen Md Khalili.

She mentioned about her problem with popular social networking site (SNS) like Friendster, Facebook, Hi5, MySpace and etc. She hated “catching up” with friends online. “Send a smile’ or “poke” is not satisfying communication for her. As she preferred a night out for a ‘teh tarik’ joint, late night filled with mindless chat and discrete gossip.

Not only she, there are people that doubt the sincerity of some of the people getting on the SNS. Some of them hook you up to their network that ended up with multi-level marketing (MLM) stuffs. Just like whnen you go for seminars for self enrichment and expanding your offline network outside SNS, but you might be ended up being spam by these MLM people. I personally didn’t mean to be offend about MLM. I do agree that some MLM people do behave while some don’t.

The other problem might be about addiction to SNS. They might be addicted to SNS 24-7-365. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

While I do know many people appreciated SNS, as they can stay connect using SNS with their friends, knowing how their friends are doing, especially friends abroad or in other states.

Recently, I had a great experience because of SNS. I just met up with friends, my primary schoolmates, at a friend’s wedding dinner. I haven’t met up with them for few years, some even more than 10 years. At beginning of the dinner, I wasn’t that comfortable as I couldn’t get the “Hot Topic” to chat with them. But, when it came to the topic about Facebook and Friendster, the heat just went on. We even went on talking about the applications, their photos. We talked about what we had shared on Facebook, like events, daily photos, vacations, kids, and lots more.

That’s what I’m grateful for SNS.

I totally agree with Siti about “Love of Social Networking Not Universal Affair”. It’s all how people deal with it personally.


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