How easy is it to feel offended by others in an online environment – where lack of non verbal communications to ‘read’ the true meaning of things – doesn’t allow you to properly judge what others are saying??
Last week a friend, who is also a work colleague and fellow social networker, emailed me in Facebook to enquire whether something they’d sent me earlier in FB had offended me, as they’d seen some comments/questions I’d been posing in Twitter about whether there needs to be SNetiquette – “a social networking etiquette” in places like FB & Twitter?
I quickly responded – that in no way was I referring to them at all – and that I was really pondering about the legitimacy of having my Facebook account as my 'public online face', and wanted to know how people felt about FB.
Then today – a conversation occurred in Twitter which made me truly understand how my FB friend was feeling. I tweeted:
“Wondering if there's a computation to calculate the wealth of combined knowledge within a social network?”
This draw a response of realization that social networks are quickly creating ‘repetition’, ‘overlap’, ‘noise’ and becoming ‘babble’
Now I’m wondering if I’m using Twitter to ‘babble’ too much? Should I consider a little more carefully what tweets I make?
So like my FB friend – I’ve had to directly ask the true meaning of these comments – to draw out further clarification.
This has also led me to wonder:
What is a Social Network?
A means of communicating with others, sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions?
A means of conversing with people, with whom you might not necessarily have the opportunity to talk to due to time and distance?
A means of sourcing information?
A means of ‘staying in touch’ with what others are doing?
Or A means of ‘babbling’?
“Let's face it, 90% of all the things going on in social networks is just crap. Facebook is the worst I have experience so far - my front page is filled with junk.” Thomas Baekdal 12/01/08, "Linkin, Facebook, Hi5, Friendster, Orkut, Bebo etc… "And more recently on Twitter:
Warlach @jjprojects I think Twitter etiquette requires one to act like oneself, if you dont like it, just don't follow