Tag Archives: Social Networking

Do We Really Need Twitter?


OK, first things first. What the hell is “Twitter”?

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as “tweets.”

What is a “Tweet”?

Tweet: A post on twitter

So, we know what Twitter is and what people do on there but is it really all that useful? These days with so many different social networks and ways of keeping in touch with one another, do we all really need to many portals to very similar information?

If I want to know what my friends are up to, I use Facebook. Facebook has the most users of any social network on the internet and is by far the most popular. I hear you, “Facebook is too cluttered”. I agree, over the years Facebook has become (almost) what I really hated about MySpace. The unedited, unprofessional looking pages my friends called “the best thing ever” when in reality every page glittered an endless stream of epileptic nightmares forcing my to call it a day over there on My_. Still, Facebook has things going for it. I just don’t get why people feel the need to join every new social network as soon as it comes along. Is it a cool factor? Please someone out there tell me why I actually “need” Twitter”!

How many social networking/microblogging services can I think of off the top of my head?

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Digg.com
  • MSN
  • Tumbr
  • Foursquare
  • Plurk
  • Pownce (I think)
Do we have too many in the world?…maybe.

In all fairness why do I need to become a member of Twitter to tell the world what I’m doing, where I’ve been & who I’ve just gone out with when I can do it all from the comfort of the ‘Status Update’ on Facebook? If I want to tell people where I’ve been I could use Foursquare (my girlfriend loves it), at least it does a decent job of geotagging (tagging places I’ve been with photos and geographic location), something that Twitter in all its head start it had on foursquare failed to achieve.

Do we all really need so many social networking tools to keep in touch with our friends when basically all our friends are already all on Facebook?

Some say Twitter does a better job of capturing information on live events as the event takes place as people can shoot off a quick 140 character tweet from their phone. It’s just as easy to update your status on Facebook from your phone in the same way isn’t it?

I must be the only one out there who just doesn’t get the benefit of Twitter.

How many social networks or microblogging services did I miss? Check out the list of social networks on wikipedia for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

Social Networking Is Out Of Control


You know what I mean right? These days a lot of us practically live on the internet updating this and posting on that. We’ve got Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, Flickr, the list goes on.

How many of you have accounts on at least 3 of these services? I know I do, but how are we all supposed to keep up with everything? We’ve got our day jobs to do, then we come home and update our status on facebook, meet new people on myspace, upload a few videos to YouTube, share some photos on flickr and post a few articles on our blogs…not to mention share with the world what we’re doing DURING the day on twitter!

In Australia at least, most people are really into Facebook at the moment so that makes things a little easier. At least I’ll know where all my friends will be if I want to catch up with them and see what they’ve been doing, and that’s what social networking is great for. But what are we all to do with these other services? Does everyone feel the need to make sure EVERY service they have an account on is always updated or do people merely just migrate towards one or two services only?

What made me start thinking about this? Well, I was interested in starting an account on twitter to see what all the fuss was. Twitter has been around for a little while now, but its one of the only social networking sites I haven’t dropped everything for and run straight to…probably because Facebook is servicing much of my needs at the moment.

I guess the question is, why move and keep creating new accounts on new services? It just means you’ve got more and more to keep updating online.

What do you guys do? How many social networking sites do you use? I’m just going to stick with Facebook for now, but many people on Facebook have really hated the recent changes so who knows, maybe we’ll all be jumping ship sooner than later?

Online Social Networking: Social Injustice or Social Greatness?


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These days there are so many ways to stay in touch with your friends online. You’ve got MySpace, blogs, Friendster, Instant Messaging, twitter and Facebook just to name a few. With all this choice online have we started to forget how to socialize in reality? Have we lost most of our communication skills and as a consequence the best we can come up with these days is a short 5 word sentence to update your status, or a ROFLMAO, LOL, WOOT!

Some will argue that social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc have made us lazier with conversation and that many school age children are using these sites for hours upon hours a day. If you’re using services such as this are younger children skewing their English language development just by using websites like these?

myspace Fair enough if you’re a bit older and actually grew up with an English teacher before all this started (web 2.0) as your English skills are probably alright, or at least not half bad, but there are many children these days using sites like Facebook at 8 years old, some even younger. It’s not just learning difficulties that young people may face being constantly surrounded by the online hype but do these types of services make younger people more aggressive or violent?

You can’t really pin this one on social network websites, it would be more fair to lay blame on the internet itself perhaps? When I was younger growing up I didn’t have an internet connection as available to me as most kids have these days. If I did would I have turned out different? Would my education have been affected?

The truth of the matter is, to an extent I think the “online revolution” kids have grown up with these days may be the new “Nintendo Thumb” of this generation but cannot possibly be the sole reason behind a possible rise in violence and attitudes of kids today.

I know for a fact that social network websites give kids greater access to their friends anyone thought imaginable back in the day. Kids can send audio, photos and videos of themselves and we’ve seen problems in some schools with pornographic images taken of themselves and circulated amongst their circle of friends raising all kinds of ethical questions.

Getting away from kids for a moment. You could argue that social networking sites affect us adults in more ways than we first thought. We loose productivity at work if our MySpace or Facebook addictions take hold for too long, some employees have even lost their jobs over spending too much time at work on these websites.

In our society today, are social networking websites as much of a problem to our society than gambling or tobacco addiction? It’s much of a muchness I guess, the question is can you really classify Facebook as an addiction. For most people…it is not.

I’ve gone of on a few different tangents, and granted I didn’t really spend a lot of time exploring any of them. I’m merely just exploring my thoughts. I’m not expecting anything to make sense, but if some of it does then that’s great.

What do you think of social networking sites of today and how do you think they affect our society?