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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Approaching Social Network Overload

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If I get one more invite to add a stupid Facebook application, I may explode. And it won't be pretty.

Oh, I don't know. Perhaps I don't have the temperament to sit and do the social networking thing all day long. Perhaps I'm an idiot who wants to present a professional image on Facebook and other social networking sites. Perhaps (and this is most possible) I'm an old fuddy duddy. But damn, how many times do I have to poke, shove, give good karma to or throw margaritas at people I barely know to be a good person?

I enjoy the networking aspect of several of the social networking site I've joined. I've met good people and learned wonderful things. I've broadened my horizons. I haven't made money, but I've learned things that may help me make money.

Here's the problem, and I admit part of my quasi-Southern upbringing comes into this. I don't want to be rude. If you give good karma, I'd like to give it back. But it got to the point where I was installing God knows how many applications from only He knows where to accomplish what I could do better by commenting on a blog entry or sending a "hi, how are you?" e-mail. The latter two I consider to be much more personal.

 Every time I turn around, someone has pinched, poked or waved at me, asked me to join a group or support a cause I may or may not believe in. I wonder, is there an expectation of same in return? Am I being rude when I click the ignore button?

The problem is, I hate to miss out on a valuable invitation (I did accept one group invitation this evening), but the noise is doing me in. I really hate to come across as mean, so I'm searching for a balance.

Social networking is fun, but when it starts to encroach on getting real work done, then something has to be done.

I'm still looking for an answer.

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2/8/2009 8:14:27 PM
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