Social Networking Spam. Or Not. Sort of.

Just tripped across an interesting column about social networking spam or, perhaps more accurately, how one can use social networking systems more effectively without spamming everyone whose email address has ever crossed your transom. The salient bit:

The first thing you have to do is get the right frame of mind about why you’re using technology to help you manage your relationships. It is not so you can pretend to a larger number of people that you care about them when you really don’t. It’s so you can treat more people who you really do care about as you would like to treat them, if only your brain were capable.

ObReferences to Dunbar’s Number, etc.

One Reply to “Social Networking Spam. Or Not. Sort of.”

  1. I have gotten very little use out of the various social networking sites I have tried.

    I do think electronic tools help you network…I could never stay in touch with so many people by snail mail or even phone, but signing up as many people as you can on LinkedIn (as an example) does not qualify as networking.

    I wrote a blog post about this a year ago which remains just as true today. These sites allow introverts, for whom networking is more unnatural and painful, to imagine that they are doing so.

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