Ah, but still it grows, with over 900 million members last count. Do we sign up to relish the marvelous novelty, which allows anyone to interact with all who say “Friend?” Or simply to stick our feet in the virtual water to see what this fuss is about?
In my world, save for a few bored folks who forever crave attention, the product of social media has become an avenue (albeit arguably lazy) to get in touch, stay in touch and just as easily disappear back to a lonely web abyss.
These days, I no longer feel compelled to regularly post, lest I be forgotten or become yesterday’s news. But—when I do load that photo…or snippet of news…or impulsive remark—who cares whether “COMMENT,” “LIKE,” “TAG” or “POKE” light up the monitor, right?
Does my ego need that much feeding?
Um….yes, to be honest.
Don’t judge me too quickly though. Some of you have emailed, called or even face-to-faced (gasp!) me, only to ask if I viewed a certain post, and if so, why didn’t I “COMMENT?”
To be honest though, mostly I didn’t, as I only visit Facebook on occasion. At least so far as I will admit to you…
So…how does that merit 10 minutes spent writing this blog?
Well, to me, it appears social media is maturing.
It’s part of routine life and no longer contains such obsessiveness as that which launched a college connection site in to one of the most valuable companies on the planet. Like the automobile, telephone and computer, it is what it is and one shall choose to utilize as one will. In short, it is ingrained in our culture, like it or not.
In my humble opinion, it means the beta has passed and social media has comfortably arrived. And yes, our privacy has become a new business model—whether to exploit mercilessly in the form of “Googalicious ads” or protect fiercely via some “for profit” company, which offers to keep you out of the mix.
Samuel P. Morse! Look what you started.
P.S. Gonna share this on Facebook now…