While keeping up on blawgs I was happy to see that I'm not the only one cleaning out my social networking sites. Yesterday I chose to delete people I haven't talked to or who I was just lingering in their general "collection" of friends. I have been thinking a lot about social networking sites in general. I came to the conclusion that I want to use them as they're meant to be used--for keeping in touch and networking. Not networking as in, "Hey we met last night, we had some laughs so I thought I would add you." No, that just doesn't cut it anymore. Especially with the internet's ability to quickly turn the private into the public.

I've learned that I want to network the old fashioned way. You know, where you actually stay in touch and up-to-date with the people you know because you 1) want to, and 2) never know when that relationship can come in handy (need a good plumber? need a reference?). So I took a look at my friends and for the most part deleted anyone that I wouldn't or couldn't pick the phone up and call. I edited my schools to list only those I've graduated from and so that current students can't search other current students for my law school. This way they will basically have to type in my name to find my private page.

From now on I will try my best to only "friend" those that fall into the above description and remind myself that law school is not void of immaturity and competition.

I suppose this is just one of many small steps I'll be making toward becoming a more professional individual. Which kinda sucks because...

2 Comments:

  1. no634 said...
    Haha. I learned this the hard way! ;)

    Great redesign by the way!
    Darrell said...
    I've decided that "Hey we met last night, we had some laughs so I thought I would add you" warrants a friend if they ask, but I plan on quarantining such persons in my manufactured "limited profile" friend group. Speaking of which ... wanna be my facebook friend? ;-)

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