Social Butterflies

How many Social Networking sites are there? I can think of these off the top of my head: LinkedIn, Friendster, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter…

I joined Friendster at the prompting of a friend, years ago, and didn’t do much with it.

I joined LinkedIn at the prompting of another friend, and did a little more with it. It sends me automatic updates, so I do check it out occasionally.

I just joined Facebook at the prompting of yet another friend (are you seeing a pattern here?), and so far, it seems to be pretty cool. So far it seems to be the best one for locating old friends… I love touching base with long lost friends from high school and college, but I really don’t know how much time I’ll have to devote to it. It’s going to update me via email too, so we’ll see how it goes… 🙂

It’s challenging enough to update a daily blog, chase after a toddler and work on my other writing, let alone join another Social Networking site and/or share the minutiae of my life every few minutes…(Myspace? Twitter? Sorry…I’m going to resist.) 😉

I mean, I’m all about staying connected, but it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of what to do on all these different systems. More times than not, I get contact info from people and just maintain a “relationship” via email from that point forward.

I have a blog! Here’s the link. Do you have a blog? Awesome. I’ll add you to my GoogleReader. 🙂

On one hand, I try to remain incognito. If you stumbled upon this blog and don’t know me in real life, you don’t know my name and couldn’t pick me out of a line-up. You don’t really know where I went to school or grew up. But, with those social networking sites, they are all about remaining the opposite of incognito. Cognito, perhaps?

It’s really cool how it finds people who have been where you have been.

That’s neat.
And creepy.

🙂

Last year, I wrote a post about getting back in touch with people from my past, and I must say, these Social Networking Sites are amazing tools for doing that. Who would have thought I’d be able to touch base with an exchange student who went to my high school after all these years?

And, maybe it’s my age, and the fact that I’ve done so many different things in my past, but I’m having trouble remembering how I know certain people. So, it’s good that the Social Networking Site du jour tells me.

System: Psst…you went to high school with that person!
Me: OH! I thought you looked familiar! I didn’t recognize your last name.

System: Ahem…don’t you remember living in the same co-ed dorm building as that one?
Me: OH! That’s right! I thought I’d never forget all the good times we had.

What really throws me off is when people I went to high school with also know people I went to college with. 😉

Sometimes I feel weird reaching out to people from my past. Will they remember me? I don’t assume that they will…right away, anyway. My first name is rather distinctive, but a lot of people from my past would be totally thrown off base by my married last name. So, I included my maiden name in my profile. And, I included some pictures, just in case my name doesn’t ring any bells.

I’m trying to seek a balance…finding the best way to reconnect with people without sharing too much with the world at large.

I try to keep things in perspective, and I realize that a trip to the grocery store exposes more information to more people than a little blurb about myself does online. At least I can set my online preferences so that only the people I approve can view my details. That makes it better.

(And, it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.) 😉

And, if all of this stuff isn’t complicated enough, you have the Social Networking Site begging for even more info.

What do you like to do? See? Read? Listen to?
How old are you?
What are you doing this instant?
Tell us how you feel?
Again, what are you doing this instant?
And, how do you feel now?

Aaaaaaaaaah!

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with a little case of Social Network Anxiety, thankyouverymuch. But, it will pass in a minute, if you just stop asking me questions. 😉

So, I feel like a social butterfly, flitting around in cyberspace, touching base with people from my past, sending out feelers to this person and that person. And, being this social creates butterflies in my stomach, too, because all this reminiscing brings back such awesome memories of times gone by. I love reconnecting.

So, who will I find tomorrow? Who will find me? I can’t wait to see…

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