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Sunday, July 05, 2009


Networking Fun For The Introverted
with Wendy Kovitz, Cyberian of Networking

I've spent the past few weeks enjoying the fast and often furious world of Twitter, engaging in banter with hardly more words than a fortune cookie with mostly complete and total strangers. Why?

Some mother's helper article once touted how much can be accomplished in only 15 minutes around the home if you just put your mind to it. Make small and achievable goals and just "GET IT DONE!" Fifteen minutes may get some socks folded or vanquish a sink of dirty dishes, but try to do Access programming with only 15 minutes of "alone brain time" and see what happens in a house with three young boys.

KISS (keep it simple, stupid)

Talk about an uphill struggle for a creative writer of soap opera epics who has never been able to come up with a title or one sentence synopsis for anything to save my life. But I persevere, because I seem to be in very good cyber company. How annoying is it to try to read the most recent Update and work down the list to where the sentence or thought started in the first place? I'm 40 years old and so frugal that I've had the messaging service turned off on my cell phone, perhaps that's why I'm perplexed by abbreviations of words, thoughts and even, dare I say it, logic.

For a really great article (written in Tweet style, no less), please see Paul Constant Reviews Twitter. Just one of his points:
"And the arguments are delightfully public, for anyone to see. Twitterfighting isn't a verb yet, but I hope it soon will be."

"Doctor Facebook and Mrs. Twitter"

I was not entirely happy with the Chairman's appraisal of my online networking escapades thus far, but it does smack of truth. Though I love Facebook for re-connecting me with long-lost friends and relatives, there is much to be said for the freedom of expression one can find among strangers on Twitter. Twitter is so deceptively duplicitous in its intent - you only have 14o characters to make a point! Surely even the busiest person can whip out a few keystrokes and be connected in Twittertopia! The other difference I discovered was that while networking with roughly the same amount of people on each site Facebook is completely filled with people I know (at least fairly well) and Twitter is almost completely the opposite. The irony here is that my Twitter strangers probably know me better than most face-to-face friends and acquaintances.

There is something to be said for face-to-face networking, and most of it good. What is it about its absence that allows us to so quickly disintegrate
into virtual chaos? I read a great article in this month's Scientific American by Michael Tennesen called "Avatar Acts". In it he talks about the virtual evils such as rape, theft and murder perpetrated by predators on the unsuspecting and discusses what if anything should be done to protect the estimated $1 billion annual in virtual commerce along with our virtual health and well-being.

Liberal Libra at Large

How then can a serene, open-minded soccer mom manage to provoke the wrath of not one but two gay, gun-toting, Republican neo-cons? Perhaps if I had gotten the recommendation to read some very sound advice regarding what to share and with whom from a college friend of mine I wouldn't have entered the realm of politics, religion and other such taboo items so quickly.

From the Ultimate Facebook Guide by Kevin Eklund:
Reconsider Sharing Controversial Content
"Just remember however, that not everyone is interested in discussing such controversial issues in an attempt to find solutions."

Take my seemingly innocuous statement regarding the President's address a couple of weeks ago:
"Good to hear #Obama talking about #relationshipCapital and fostering partnerships with other countries instead of forcing US agenda."

Yes, I tagged him with #relationshipcapital even though he didn't say it, because he meant it. Obama gets it.

It later was re-tweeted by a man I shall refer to as Angry2:

"tlking is for weenie commie symps".

In all fairness, I had accused the Republican party of defecating on the equality agenda, a point to which my Twitter pals vehemently objected. But in equal fairness to accuracy, I had been reacting to Angry1 when he said (in reference to the President):

"BHO sez he is 95% cured of smoking. Was Ted Bundy 95% cured of murder if he took a day off? Just askin."

So, they blocked me because
Angry2 decided that I was trying to "bait them into a rant. " Is a healthy discussion of differing beliefs really such a bad thing? Of all people, I wasn't expecting this from members of a community that I've defended over Thanksgiving meals and other such intimate social forums since college. Perhaps I may not be as savvy as the next person when it comes to politics, but is there no common ground in the world or in our own backyards?

Lest anyone think I'm using this for a purely pro-Democratic agenda, I must say that I do respond to eye-catching Tweets about the socialist (i.e. Democratic) plot to take over the world, as long as I don't feel that my intelligence or my beliefs are being personally attacked. It's Twitter, for goodness sake, not exasperated kitchen table politics with family members of differing persuasions. There's the sense that we can "speak" our mind and someone, somewhere is "listening".

I'm determined to keep on looking with rose colored glasses, not of the world as it is, but the world as it could be. Anyone with me?

Next Month...

I'll be interviewing Wyatt from Pan Historia
"a community for collaborative fiction and role play writing. "

Wendy Kovitz
Cyberian of Networking

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1 comment:

wendy kovitz said...

Since this article was posted last month, I've become active in planning The First Great Nationwide Kiss-In for Equality with the Philly squad. The event is scheduled to occur at 2 pm Eastern Time on August 15 in a whole lot of cities nationwide.

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