September 11, 2008
Social networking has become a phenomena that has suddenly inspired the world to go online.
Grandmothers who couldn't program their VCR 20 years ago are suddenly able to create complex profiles and communicate with friends and family.
Teens have ripped through the likes of Facebook like a veracious storm swollen up over a patch of warm water in a tight gulf just waiting to devour anything in its path.
The business world has embraced social networking as a means of making business relationships a bit more personal and to show a lighter side of who they really are.
I suddenly know that my lawyer is bummed about his deck, my client is heading towards destruction and my coworker is super duper psyched'aroony.
We all are glued to our small screens for second by second updates of the happenings that are occurring in the lives of our closest 200 friends.
Its the new reality show. The new sitcom. However you spin it, its entertainment.
Little tiny golden nuggets raining from cyberspace down on our curious little minds to help quench our curiosity for that which really isn't our business.
I do it, we all do it. Shamelessly updating everyone we care to update about the play by play as we go about our day.
Some are playful messages aimed at inspiring fiends, others are alerts for ones state of mind, some are the insecurity that lays deep within those who never reveal it, some are vicious attacks towards a competitor or enemy and some are loving reminders to friends and family that they are thinking of you.
What about social stalking?
The ability to see who your friends and their friends' friends are now friends with.
Social networks have aggregated new business, reunited friends and family and have leveled the social playing field.
I am no longer not there.
I am right here.