ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING
Facebook, Twitter and Other Social Networking Sites Offer a New Way to Maintain Friendships
In this mobile society where friends, colleagues, and family are often on the move, it’s becoming rare to find someone who still gets together with high school friends, college dorm buddies, or past co-workers on a regular basis. But thanks to the Internet and the fabulous social networking sites that exist, we can all keep in touch with our buddies just by joining up. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, make catching up on what friends are up to as easy as logging on.
Intimate friendships are an important part of every woman’s life, and they take time to build and cultivate. Seeing friends on a one-on-one basis or in groups is the best way to foster good relationships, but when those pals are far away, social networking is the next best thing. And once you’ve joined an online social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter and start sharing information about yourself in blogs, photos or “posts,” you may find yourself making new online friends who share the same interests and goals, both personal and professional. By posting an online profile, you can create an image of yourself that you want others to see. Social networking is also great if you’re looking for a job, a new restaurant, or even a new hairdresser. Online social networkers often rate businesses and services and post their opinions online for all to see.
SOCIAL NETWORKING: FACEBOOK, NO LONGER JUST FOR STUDENTS
This ultra-popular social networking site was founded by a 22-year-old and was originally geared toward college students, but now more than half of its users are older than 25. On Facebook, you choose whom you want as your online “friends,” and then you can stay in touch by writing on their “walls”—part of their Facebook pages—or by chatting online. You can select whom to invite to be an online friend. And most Facebook users become adept at posting photos so it’s a great way to see your buddies’ friends, families, activities, and even pets. Many Facebook users join online groups such as sororities, fraternities and professional organizations to connect with old pals.
Twitter is a social networking site that limits your updates to 140 characters as well as “twit pics” so you can post short blogs as well as photos. Unlike Facebook, you send your “tweets” as they’re known in real time rather than leaving a message on someone’s wall and waiting for a reply. Twitter users send links so that their friends can join the online conversation immediately. The site has proven extremely popular among moms; Twitter Moms links more than 2,500 moms and is growing daily. Like Facebook, Twitter is an excellent way to find or post employment opportunities, find products or services, and form professional partnerships. And some businesses, such as Jet Blue and Southwest Airlines, are using Twitter to provide up-to-date flight information for users.
|While this social network is another cool way to reconnect with college and grad school buddies and former co-workers, it’s also one of the most popular ways to connect professionally. On your LinkedIn profile, you can list all of your former jobs and employers as well as highlight your specific strengths and skills, much like an online resume, complete with photos. If you’re focused on looking for full- or part-time work, LinkedIn is the network to join. || |
Social networking will never replace face-to-face friendships or business relationships. But staying connected online will bring you closer to those you care about and maybe friends you haven’t even met yet!
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Article Written By: Julie Mitchell; Julie is an accomplished writer from San Francisco who loves ballet, yoga, walking, cooking and reading. Her experience as a wife and mother of two lend to her articles and blogs for DivaVillage.com and VillageMAMA.com in the areas of wellness, fitness, beauty, parenting and food.