The Truth About Social Networks
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I really don’t get this social networking thing.
You see, I never started this gig with the intention of getting rich and famous. I’ve already had my share of public life in politics and the law and that was more than enough for me.
The truth is I just wanted to disappear and spend my time with my family. So blogging was a good fit allowing me to keep my soapbox as well as my privacy. It was a marriage made in heaven and besides, it beats the hell out of being a couch potato.
For me one of the biggest attractions about blogging was I could interact with the world whilst hiding behind my computer screen in my underwear.
(How’s this for a visual? No padding was used for this pic nor was it altered in any way – honest :).
But lately there’s been a trend to herd us all into the social networking trap. We have been brainwashed into believing that if we’re not on Twitter, Facebook or one of the gazillion social networks we’re not cool anymore.
We are told that we must join the rest of the
sheep herd if we want to be followed otherwise we will left in the dust, or at least that’s the theory hype. (By the way, I don’t think it matters much to Google. Do you?)
Come on! Who’s kidding who here? Are we expected to believe Scoble when he boasts about having hundreds of Twits as friends? Does he really think they are his friends? If he does then I’ve got news for him.
Earth to Scoble…
I say bullocks to all this nonsense. Social networking is only a wet dream made up by geeks who couldn’t get a date in the real world if their life depended on it.
For example, whatever happened to the telephone? With cheap VoIP now available I can call anyone in the world for just pennies. I don’t need to create another website and muck around with code to connect. Crikey, even Darren Rowse admits he spends all day yakking on Skype.
Do I really need a Facebook page for someone to leave me a message? (Later dude). I thought that’s what voicemail was for.
Can’t find me? I don’t suppose you ever heard of 411? Come on .. be serious.
Better still why not just put all your curriculum vitae on the net so they can use it to sell ads, and the search engines will slurp it up for your future employer (or wife) to read about your frivolous affairs.
If I really feel the need to socialize can’t I just walk out my front door and go visit someone, join a club to work some fat off or hang out at the corner pub (and stumbleupon my way back home like Andy Capp does… but I digress).
It’s time for a reality check boys and girls. Let’s get real and wake up to the fact that the virtual world is exactly what it claims to be. The internet is great for information gathering but anything beyond that is wishful thinking and living in a fantasy.
How sociable are you… really? Please let me know because I’ve spent all day on this post and need to get a life.
* This post was recently updated.