Social Media – Splendid or Scourge

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Social media is essentially a phenomenon of the 21st century.  It may be Facebook, Twitter, a forum relating to your special interest or the millions of blogs, just like this one that are out there in cyberspace.  There are very few people who do not have same interaction with their cyber ‘friends’.

Patty Beecham has eloquently captured the essence of the type of conundrum which confronts many social media users at times.  Here is a short article which was published in the ‘Courier Mail’ (Brisbane newspaper) today.  Yes, I am friends with Patty on Facebook and I know her in real life also.

These various forms of communication and interaction via the internet have grown exponentially over the past 15 years and taken on a life of their own.  There are no etiquette guides on how to deal with the plethora of situations you may face as a result of involvement in social media.  Maybe it is time to ‘write’ your own book of do’s and don’t’s  for social media use to get you thinking about how you might deal with some of the challenging situations that could arise.  Think about the ‘what if’s?’

If you look at the right-hand side of this blog, you will see that I have 140 ‘followers’ of my ramblings.  There are some of my closest friends and family and others whom I feel I know through their thoughtful and supportive comments.  Some religiously read every new post that I publish, others drop in occasionally and still more have probably forgotten that they even hit the button to follow.  I am not too hung up about how many followers I have or who they may be.

I have a Facebook account which I use to publish my blog posts, play Scrabble and keep in touch with a few friends.  At the other end of the scale I know of people who collect Facebook ‘friends’ like trophies.  Some have over 1,200 friends and personally know perhaps 100 or so.

Social media certainly has its place if used wisely.  The internet was the initial contact with some of my best friends.  I am very grateful because it is unlikely that our paths would ever have crossed, otherwise.

Please click on the link in the second paragraph and have a read.  I would love to hear what you think.  There is also an opportunity to comment at the bottom of the article.  I sure Patty would be interested in your feedback.