19 December 2012

Social networking?

I've been reading comments about social networking sites and how one prefers one over the other.  I use both Google+ and Facebook.  How I use them is very different.

Facebook is, in my opinion, a social site.  My family and friends are the ones I want to interact with on that site.  Our idea of socializing is a bit different from that of the owner(s) in that our social set does number in the hundreds, and in the case of a few, thousands.  One thing that algorithms don't take into consideration is cultural norms.

We've settled into our traditional ways of visiting, socializing.  Family does include "third, fourth, and fifth" cousins.  And it does include clans, though those won't always be mentioned, and is intertribal.  In one way or another, our villages are connected on that particular site.

On Google+, I have pinpointed those who share my interest in writing and reading.  I follow a great many more than follow me, because those circles include people, bloggers, which is what I was looking for when I started my blog.  I wanted to read what other people had to say, I wanted to learn more about my chosen craft of writing.

When I first looked at both sites, I liked the idea that I could keep personal and professional separated.  I spent a great many years learning to do that and didn't care to change my outlook at this late date.  Thus, I've settled into a particular way of doing things.

I have a Twitter account.  I don't use this account because Twitter is linked to a phone.  I'm not spending my life tied to a phone.  Bad enough, I'm on the computer a great many hours of the day.  I invested many hours, as some of you are aware, in learning to use that machine.

Some of those hours were spent in learning to code as my blog, and soon, my website, will be the meeting ground between my Facebook and Google+ circles.  I needed a way for both sets to communicate with me, if they so chose to do so.  I don't particularly want my email posted in too many places.  I figure if someone really wants to get in touch with me, they will take the time to look at my profile and go from there.  Not trying to be difficult, I just want it to be a bit more difficult for spammers.

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