@mfb: I've been thinking about that, and the conclusion I come up with is people are addicted to themselves. How did Twitter catch on? People reporting every move they make and thought they have and sadly, most thoughts CAN be summarized in 140 characters or less. Facebook is a popularity contest and he/she with the most friends wins. Anyway, I have no doubt there is good scientific evidence that socials draw people in, but I think a big part of it is feeding one's own ego.
Barbara: Ok, you got me; I'm not really a cat-hater. I am more of a dog person instead, but I do have a really cool hypo-allergenic Devon Rex cat 'cause I am highly allergic to cats. He looks a bit odd, but this breed acts more like a dog than a cat which is pretty cool. It's an interesting combo.
As for "unfriending" people is not necessarily "cruel" as you put it. I am sure that there are hard-core FaceBook people who will get offended if you unfriend them (get over it!), but this brings up another interesting point. With the advent of e-mail and social networking sites, the human element has become quite removed. Our Engineering Department is about 50 feet away from the QC Lab where I work, and instead of working face-to-face, we will engage in a series of e-mails over the course on an hour for an issue that could be resolved in a few minutes face-to-face. Every now and then, it is nice to actually walk over to someone to say "Hi" and collaborate in person, which I typically do. I think I catch people off guard when I do.
Like you, though, I used LinkedIn for business (I'll have to look you up) and FaceBook for friends and family. It sounds like we are more alike than we both originally thought. How about a nice, cold Miller Lite? Bolaji: would you like to join us? If you show me your muscle car, I'll show you my white 2004 Ford Lightning SVT with only 14,500 original miles and a kick-ass stereo system.
I think it is very important for both companies to understand who are their customers. Genearlly if their customers are some enterprises there is no meaning to actually have a face book page. But probably companies who actually touch lives of people everyday through their equipments could have a face book page. But again it is left to individuals interest.
Bolaji, you are right. Information's are available in and around all of us; the only thing is we have to select the right one. While searching, we can see info's that are relevant, non relevant, misleading etc; it's all about how we choose the right one by putting different filtration.
Gents, in principle I could agree with you, but it seems that, according to recent studies from Neuroscience Labs at Harvard, socials hold a magnetic power for humans and believe it or not humans are absolutely attracted by. It looks like an unconscious behaviour.
Do I really need that intermediary between us? What exactly does Facebook offer me about Ericsson that the company doesn't offer now on its Website?
@Bolaji, that is a very good questions. I am sure Ericsson will not be able to answer your question because many companies are just blindly adopting the the social media because social media is a fad these days.
@TimKarr: How's the cat-hating going? :-) You make a really good point that social media is no longer about connecting with a select group of people that you trust. It's about connecting with EVERYONE. And while that has a place in our lives, I'm not sure that place also includes work. That's why I tend to segment my activities to LinkedIn (business) and Facebook (friends and family). Plus, "unfriending" sounds cruel, don't you think?
Bolaji: In my experience, there is another issue with these social media sites - you sign up and get inundated with everyone who has ever posted a message regarding a certain topic. In my case, I had 37 such instances in one day - and that was me just JOINING the group and not posting anything. The next task was to un-join this group of people who seemed to be spending more time posting to this site instead of doing their "day jobs". I could not find a way to un-join, so I ended up deleting this particular e-mail address. Then I breathed a sigh of relief. I didn't want to feel obligated to spend a few hours each day wading through their rantings and ravings. Sometimes these people would get vicious and start attacking a person for having a differing opinion. DUH! Isn't that why you joined this group - to get others opinions??
The other issue I encountered on several occasions was finding a product or service where I was interesting in learning more. I clicked the "More Information" hyperlink, and was taken to FaceBook where in order to learn more, I first had to "like" them. I didn't like them THAT much, so I just closed my browser window. By liking them, they would be linked to my faceBook page, and if I am going "advertise" their products or services on my home page, I should be compensated. Is that so wrong??
I think I'll just go back to guzzling beer and playing with my muscle car, thank you very much!
Barbara, I couldn't have put it better. The market is filled with information -- if you can find it at the right time, right price and right when you need it. All of these "rights" make my head swim. The 6 billion web sites clamoring for my attention are unwieldy enough then I have to swim through advice, comments, etc., from friends, colleagues, family and their parakeet. Or are they really trying to help narrow down the answer?
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