Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Social Networking: Friend Or Foe?

Evening all. Bit of a wordy filled post this evening!

I joined Twitter last night and spent some time looking around. I then went on to all my favourite fashion blogs and clicked "follow" and was soon receiving "tweets" on my phone.

  I have to say, I find it all a bit weird. It's a bit like reading phone messages of someone you vaguely know - like someone you work with for instance... I have been following some of the "top" bloggers like Lily Melrose and Gem Fatale on their personal blogs for a while now and feel a bit like they are friends, even though I've never met them. All of a sudden I'm getting these little updates about their personal lives and watching conversations evolve between them. And it makes me want to chip in and reply! But then I remember that they have no idea who I am!

  I feel a little bit like I'm back at school. I want to join the popular crowd but I can't find a way in....I can only watch jealously from afar as they go to press events and spend endless money on all the things I want to buy.
So is it really that healthy to be following their every move?

  On the other hand however, if you can find a little way in to these "groups" such as a bloggers meet up, you could end up making lots of new friends and boosting your blogging "popularity." And it is a great feeling when someone comments on your post or you get a new follower.

  I'm really in two minds about the positive or negative sides of blogging, twitter and facebook....It certainly takes up a LOT of my time to read all the blogs I enjoy - to the point where I don't have time to actually post myself! Now I have twitter to keep an eye on as well. Oh, and I've just signed up for Fashion Finder on Asos. Add to that, Polyvore, Independent Fashion Bloggers, "like" pages on Facebook and all manner of other things that I can't even think of right now.

(OMG my laptop just ran out of batteries and didn't warn me! My whole post temporarily disappeared...Heart failure!)

What was I saying? Oh yes. So, I will keep up with all these applications but I will be secretly resenting the time they take away from "real" socialising....

Does any of this strike a chord with you?

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