My musings about Google+, Facebook and real life networking
Those who follow my online presence for a little while now might have noticed, that I've become rather antisocial of recent. By that I mean my lack of engagement in sites like Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and co. And on top of that, I was recently lured by Google+, that offered me to share irrelevant things on its platform, but I somehow haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet. I have to say that I can't see myself becoming more "social" online, the trend goes backwards with me. And that has a lot to do with my recent immigration to Taiwan and a job, that is so time consuming and stressful, that I appreciate every free minute I have, let alone a whole day. And I do not necessarily want to waste it on irrelevant things. Maybe sometimes, but not every day from morning to evening like a lot of lost souls out there.
Before I came to Formosa, I was a freelancer, I could work from home and I wasn't as busy as now in Taipei. The difference in the way of life for me is so vast, I fee like I've moved to another planet, not just to a different continent. Maybe I'm still processing all the changes I've gone through in the past 6 months, but somehow I have realized this already before I came to Taiwan: Online social networks are becoming more and more boring. Kudos to Google for it's newest platform, but where were you 2 years ago, when I needed you? I'm so bored with Facebook already, so bored with sharing in general and so fed up with seeing a lot of people doing the same thing over and over again, like: Extensively like-ing (not liking), writing platitudes, linking to boring stuff, daily changing profile photos, posting their kid or puppy photos over and over again... I mean, good for you, if that's what makes your life more interesting... (yawn), but all in all, it just keeps me away from those sites.
However, those people are nothing compared to another group, that doesn't use social networks only for killing time, but for recreating themselves. Some people spend more time on Facebook than in the real world, they give themselves a new, a virtual identity, which is gravely different from their offline persona of a most likely very boring individual with insecurity issues. These people want to be admired, they behave like celebrities, they use the power of their
sheep followers to gang up on their supposed "online enemies" and create fake drama, spread false rumors - all online, mind you. What a bunch of losers. And there are those, who seriously judge every of your messages, even if you have meant something completely different and give you a reply that makes you think wtf. All these online fellows make the social network experience very unpleasant and even Google+ won't be able to change that.
The virtual world is becoming less and less important to me. The only thing I really love and care about is my blog, because I feel like I am creating something with my own
hands fingers. I surely won't stop writing here, but everything else might see me slowly disappear. Sorry, Google+, you really got me there... for like 5 minutes - but that was the old geeky me, the one that is slowly fading away. It's kinda funny, when I roam around Taiwan's villages and see people living the simple life and "networking" on the street by helping each other or just chatting in real life. Oh yes! I've seen it with my own eyes: Real life networking really exists, but it is threatened by the expansion of broadband internet into every small village. Taipei is already long lost, I mostly see virtual people here, spending more time to talk through the internet, instead of talking face to face.
Do we really need all these virtual networks? I don't know. But I'm gonna tweet about it very soon and share this post on Facebook. How about you?
[My LIFE IN TAIWAN page][Photo by MKL, 2011]