First day at college or a first at office, after the initial hi and hello, what is that one thing you ask your new friends ?
“Are you there on Facebook?” Or Twitter, Or LinkedIn, Or Instagram, Or Google + and the list can go on. No way I am exaggerating the fact that today, instead of being friends in person, everybody wants to be associated to you through these social networking sites.
Initially meant to bring people closer and making the world smaller, today, these platforms have become a means to connect with people even living next door. People have fast lives and do not want to miss on events and happenings around them even on the go. Hence these sites have 1,145,000,000+ users and still counting ( facebook and twitter users combined – both of them being the most popular social networking platforms).
But that’s not my concern. What gives me stress is the fact that people do not stick to a single platform. Quoting my example, I can say that its like a ride on multiple roads and hence you are prone to be confused and tired at the end. I have been using facebook for a while now. 3 years to be precise. Recently I revived my account on Twitter and created one on Google+ as well. Needless to say, I exist on LinkedIn, Skype and Instagram ( primarily because my friends use it to share their pictures ) as well. And Gmail or Yahoo should not even be mentioned ( they are necessities and not luxury).
Everytime I log in to my PC, I am forced to check on all of the above. Otherwise I am labelled as a misfit in my Tech- Savvy friends. It has become mandatory to tweet random thoughts or else you’ll lose your followers on Twitter, ‘like’ photographs on Facebook and what not.
Whoever said that social networking was designed to make the world one should now see users driving a multi-lane highway, juggling their time to show their online presence.
And by the way, you are always free to follow me on Twitter 😉