Social Network? Why?

July 27, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 49 Comments  
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Here’s an interesting Lug_Nut thought.

Communication is a very important to most, if not all RVer’s  With all the latest wireless technology , internet, smart phones, GPS location devices, etc, I think we are pretty well equipped. After all, we can contact and keep in touch with friends and relatives regardless in the world they, or we, are. Our family and friends network is complete. 

Not so, according to the multiple folks that Twitter and Face book off.   What’s up with them?  If they really want to let friends know something, why can’t they e-mail them?   You can do it in a multiple recipient if it is many contacts you would like to advise.  Instead, these lonely folks seem to need to post their life, perhaps in hope that they will be discovered as not a social dweeb!

Don’t these people have friends?  Are these people in that need to reinforce their popularity?  Are they insecure with their personal status?  I guess so.  There is no other reason why people would feel obligated to post everything they do, or are going to do, on any public site.  Oh yes, they will tell you it is secure only to those “Friends”, (Many of which they have not seen for years or may be never).  Hello!  Hacking your information is probably “Internet 101, to break into any or all of this gibberish.

This social networking is supported by commercial enterprises, and probably for good reasons.  If you owned a business, you would want to reach everyone you can.  Why would a private individual ever want to expose their life to any and everyone?  I can only assume that these people either are socially challenged or want to increase their popularity image, to others, or more likely to themselves.

Well, to each his own.  They can keep what they are doing and I will too.

Just Stirring The Pot  -  Lug_Nut  -  Peter Mercer

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49 Responses to “Social Network? Why?”

  1. Chris Guld on July 28th, 2012 7:43 am

    Oh boy! Thank you for this post. I wrote the article about Facebook that was published in last month’s Highways magazine. I’ll gladly defend Facebook users!
    From your article, my bet is that you’ve never used Facebook. In other words, you don’t know what you’re talking about.
    I’ll just give one example of how Facebook is easier, more efficient, and more powerful than email:
    Last night my husband and I pulled our RV into a rest area to sleep for the night. I used my smartphone to write a simple post on Facebook about where we were and where we’re headed. It took about 5 seconds. I have around 300 friends, family, and acquaintances on Facebook. If they looked at their Facebook home page, they would see my post. If they cared to, they could comment back. If not , they could ignore it. They don’t need to do anything to get it out of their inbox, because it’s not in an inbox. It’s simply part of a stream of news items they subscribe to. Very unobtrusive. I would never bother my friends with an email about our rest area stay, that would be annoying. That simple, 5 second post also made me feel safer. If, for some horrible reason, we went missing, my friends would know our last location. Last, but definitely not least for me, that post becomes a permanent part of my timeline on Facebook. If, years from now, I felt a need to remember that rest area night it’s easy to look it up.
    Ok, your turn!

  2. Lug_Nut on July 28th, 2012 9:20 am

    This was written to churn up and create some thoughts, somewhat tongue in cheek , so don’t get your tail in a twist. That said, I do find some of your justification smewhat questionable. How many people disappear, against their will? How often is information regarding prvate life and immediate where-abouts used in a mannor against them? Too often than should happen.

    I think it may be unwise to believe that the use of Facebook is anyway enhanses one safety, and in fact may degrade it.

  3. Jerry on July 28th, 2012 5:48 pm

    I’ve been on FaceBook for several years now. And I agree with Chris about th simplicity of letting friends know what’s going on in my life. Like any social network (electronic or face-to-face) I can choose who my friends are. I recently discovered that some folks can get their dander up if I “unfriend” them. I was scolded severely by a family member for doing this. Apparently it is not cool to unfriend a teenage family member.
    I’ve moved to Google+ because it seems like I have more control over who sees my posts. My family and real friends are following us via RSS/Email updates from our travel blog.
    Social Networking is cool, for me, FaceBook is no longer cool.

  4. Lug_Nut on July 28th, 2012 5:53 pm

    Well, sounds quiet at the other end. To give you another view of the other side I can tell you a happening to someone very close to me.
    This couple adopted a baby several years ago. The wife, more so than the husband, was a Facebook adict posting everything each day. The childs original mother was not married at the time of the birth. The father of that child was not a very upright person and was in prison. Well, there came a time when he was out and about. You guessed it, through the social media he managed to track the child and contacted the couple. This cause a lot of stress and required the hiring of a lawyer to defuse the issue. Fortunately it stopped there.
    These type of problems are far more likely to happen than someone disappearing. Besides, advising one person as to your where abouts seems more than adequate.
    I guess I’m still not sold on it!

  5. GlenO on July 28th, 2012 6:02 pm

    Well I am going wiht Chris. I have seen some friends who RV travel more than us post daily pictures of their whereasbouts for their friends to track. Sorta like following along with them in some sense seeing the pictures daily. I think it works fairly neat. As always if one don’t want to do such, simply don’t log on!

  6. Glen Jones on July 28th, 2012 6:08 pm

    I do not do facebook anymore, they have no security dispite what they claim. I know of a number of family and friends that have had their computers hacked via
    there facebook pages, facebbok, twitter and other social network sites sell your info
    even while claiming they do not.
    Every day I get requests for friending from people I do not know and have never heard of, in fact you do not want to use a wireless network or cordless phones to give out personall info, i have had my credit card data stolen twice that way.

  7. Chris Guld on July 28th, 2012 6:37 pm

    The best part about Facebook is how it enables you to strengthen your real-life friendships. I knew a woman named Dee many years ago because she worked in the same office as my husband, Jim. We didn’t become close friends but I always liked seeing her at company functions. When Jim and I hit the road, Dee thought that was cool, but we lost touch completely. With the advent of Facebook, she found us and we agreed to be ‘friends.’ Now, without exchanging emails or phone calls, she could follow what we were doing, and make comments when she felt like it. This way I also knew what was going on with her, and got to know her better. When we happened to be in her neck of the woods, she would know about it and invite us over for dinner. I now count her among my very best of friends, and it would not have happened without Facebook. That’s priceless. I am grateful to Facebook for many new and deeper friendships.

  8. Steve on July 28th, 2012 7:04 pm

    Glen Jones, Do you have ANY proof that social network sites sell your info? I don’t think so. The friend requests are legit, coming from friends of friends and from volunteered sources those friends agreed to in the terms of service. You are not obligated in any way to respond.

    Lug_Nut, It sounds as though you do not know much more about Facebook than hearsay.

    Facebook is all about real people interacting with their real friends. Unfortunately, education is lacking on how to use the service and mis-information is rampant. That is what Chris strives to remedy.

    Lumping all social networks together is performing a disservice. Twitter, for example, is much different. It is more like this public blog where anyone can comment, only in 140 characters or less.

    These emerging technologies take time to understand. Sometimes they can be misused. That does not mean they cannot be beneficial if used properly.

    Perhaps you think air travel should be abandoned because airplanes could be used by terrorists?

  9. Tom on July 28th, 2012 7:22 pm

    Personally I found Facebook, Android phones and GPS’s constantly receiving weather and traffic reports to be addictive. I noticed that my daily behavior was being modified to accommodate these electronic devices not the devices aiding my enjoyment of the day. I now have a flip phone with no internet and a pc which is used for email. The GPS is used only to aid me when I get lost and get tired of wandering in circles. Luddites don’t rule but I think that we are closer to our environment.

  10. Diane on July 28th, 2012 8:17 pm

    I agree to a point with you, Lug_Nut re postings on Facebook. I have reconnected with lost friends and renewed acquaintances; however, if we wish to supply a large amount of information, we use email. Contrary to some beliefs, it takes no longer to send an email.

  11. Ron Butler on July 28th, 2012 9:16 pm

    Let me throw in my 2 cents worth. (Some of you may think its not even worth that much if you read it!)

    First – LugNut’s original posting I intrepreted as basically tongue-in-cheek, but also representing how he sees and approaches Facebook. In most instances, I understand and agree with where he is coming from.

    Second – Chris represents the opposite end of the spectrum in how she and Jim uses Facebook. She is very comfortable using the technology in the manner they do. I can understand and accept that.

    I still don’t feel that all of our friends and acquaintances want or need to know our every days activities or where we are. We do keep in contact with our kids so they know where we are and where we are heading for, but even then not on a daily basis as they have a life and kids themselves! Those that want to keep up-to-track with our travels can do so through our travel website and I send out updates, usually weekly, whenever I update it.

    So, I guess we each use the technology that best meets our needs and that we feel most comfortable with. That is what is right for us and just because we don’t use it differently or like others, doesn’t make it wrong, or their use of it right or wrong. Does that make sense or should I have edited/worded it better?!

  12. Chris Guld on July 29th, 2012 7:07 am

    I do get a bit mushy when I talk about Facebook. I just think it’s so cool how it enhances my life. Hey! They don’t call me a geek for nothin! As others have mentioned, it’s just another technology for communicating. Some will love it, some will hate it – Just like when the telephone was invented.
    Here’s Mark Twain’s quote on that:
    “It is my heart-warmed and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage (every man and brother of us all throughout the whole earth), may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss, except the inventor of the telephone.”

  13. Diane on July 29th, 2012 8:25 pm

    I agree that there is ‘no right or wrong’ opinion – it’s just what works for each of us.

  14. Orlando Painting on July 29th, 2012 11:14 pm

    Communication is to make relationship between two people to make it solid. Social networking is one of the best way in communicating people. But on it there is a lots of risk so therefore we need to be wise in using social networking. In this writing I see how important the social networking means.

  15. Atlanta Remodeling on July 29th, 2012 11:20 pm

    Social networking is very powerful now in the world of business. Many businessmen are now using this tool to expand their visibility online.

  16. John Dough on July 31st, 2012 9:12 pm

    Facebook is a Girl thing.. I talk to my male friends via email once or twice a week but most women need that instantaneous…”Hey guess what I’m doing” that facebook offers. Sure men are involved but they’re mostly metrosexuals…..wooses

  17. Orlando Home Inspections on August 1st, 2012 9:08 pm

    There are so many beneficial things that you can get from networking. Marketers are now using it as tool for the exposure of their business.

  18. Orlando Roofing on August 2nd, 2012 7:56 pm

    You definitely can gain the customers’ confidence if you can connect to them on both a personal and professional level. Despite having to do a bit of work, it definitely pays off as you can be tapped for an offer if someone catches wind of your products or services. As long as you don’t pursue them too aggressively, you will do well here.

  19. Orlando Painting on August 3rd, 2012 12:53 am

    I use most of the large social networks for both personal and business. I have found that sites such as FaceBook and Twitter can be utilized as great marketing resources but you do need to start off slowly and build relationships with your followers before doing any marketing.

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  21. Lug_Nut on August 3rd, 2012 10:12 pm

    Hmmmmm……. I guess not everybody thinks that social media is the bee’s knees. Here is a comment from an article on CNN regarding the need to share every bit of your vacation that your 10 million so called “Friends” (This is not a searched out comment, only the first one, with many people that agreed.)

    Quote:”I’m afraid that the real reason most people use social media is to convince others (and maybe even themselves) that THEY are “cool, hip, fun, interesting.” To me, it all seems like “Hey, look at me! Look where I am! Look who I’m with! Look what I own!” Frankly, the whole trend kinda creeps me out”.

    This is more a young people driven thing. It frankly has nothing to do with camping or true family memories. There are better ways to spend your time and reduce your security risks.

  22. Chattanooga Roofing on August 6th, 2012 12:21 am

    It is already part of handling our business to know on how to deal with social networking. Learning it will surely going to help you a lot.

  23. Chattanooga Carpet Cleaning on August 6th, 2012 12:44 am

    Lots of benefits can be gain on social networking. You can find lots of business opportunities into it.

  24. Chattanooga Painting on August 6th, 2012 1:08 am

    Guest blogging is a really great and effective way to build your social media presence online and there have been stories of people including a link to follow them on twitter in a guest post only to get as much as 200 followers in a single day.

  25. Chattanooga Remodeling on August 6th, 2012 9:59 pm

    Social networking is one factor that would help businessmen drive success on their business. With technology, they had improved this field.

  26. NeXus RV on August 8th, 2012 9:02 am

    Nice article and it is correct that social media is big business and is going to be for a long time to come.

  27. abercrombie on August 12th, 2012 8:03 pm

    A volte mi piacerebbe credere che la gente oggi sarebbe solo ottenere uno stile di vita e rendersi conto di quanto sciocca appaiono. I implicano, perché attualmente spamming, è un mezzo di hacking o di qualche cosa. Basta cessare, per favore, io preferisco studiare la gente anche altri pareri sai. comunque, publish eccellente. solo sbarazzarsi in favore dello spam. grazie.

  28. Lug_Nut on August 15th, 2012 6:56 pm

    Wow! That’s a suprise! It’s a commercial big hit. Funny, nothing substantial from the consumer folks. Anybody get the message???? Hello!!!

  29. Lug_Nut on August 15th, 2012 7:04 pm

    For those that do not speak Italian, this is the earlier post.

    “Sometimes I like to believe that people today would only get one life style and realize how silly they look. I mean, because currently spamming, is a means of hacking or anything. Just stop, please, I prefer to study people also know other opinions. however, publish excellent. just get rid of spam in favor. Thank you”

    NOTE: This is a translation that may or may not be the actual poster’s point. It is posted only as a courtesy to the members..

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