Day 15: Make Some Friends

The winding Sea-to-Sky Highway

Back from vacation, and on with the writing challenge! Happy Summer, everyone.

We’ve invested some time by now in getting ourselves involved in social networks – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and most recently, Google+ (which I confess I haven’t revisited since). Well, let’s break down the big network of society into the individuals woven into said net.

Namely, friends.

Day 15: Connect with at least three new people on one of your social network sites.

So, where to begin?

Twitter would be the simplest and most straight-forward path – the 140-character profile usually drives users to stick to the important stuff, which is handy when you’re looking for specific interests that relate to your own. And it’s easy to follow said users. And in my experience, 8 times out of 10 said users will follow you back.

Facebook, on the other hand, could be a little trickier. Facebook users tend to be more oriented toward keeping up with family and friends, and depending on the user, could be resistant to connecting with strangers. Then again, depending on how active they are, Facebook could be a lot more  likely to yield meaningful interaction if you’re allowed into the inner circle.

LinkedIn connections used to be impossible to make without a bona fide acquaintance with the object of your socialization. Or at least an email address (if you fibbed and said you were friends), but now supposed ‘friends’ don’t need any proof of friendship, and if you don’t want to be that dishonest, you can just click the option for ‘I don’t know this person’. So chances are, if you rewrite the automatic “Dear blank, I’d like to add you to my network on LinkedIn” invitation copy into something that actually introduces you and why this person might want to know you, it could work out well.

Again, it all depends on how active your prospective connections are on each site.

I’m brand new to Google+ so I don’t even know how connections are made there. Anyone want to chime in on this?

So having weighed all the options, I think I will go with Facebook. There are a few friends of friends I’ve wanted to meet, and this is a good kick in the kiester to give it a try. What’s the worst the can happen? They’re totally turned off by my charming self-introduction and proposed invasion of their Facebook privacy, and forever think black thoughts at the very mention of my name.

Big deal.

Let’s go make some friends!

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