Don’t Follow: I’m Lost Too!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 26, 2014 in Internet |

I’m not really a social networks animal. I mean, it is all well and good and there is plenty on offer, but I don’t feel the buzz some apparently get every time they log in to one of the many, many social media sites and bring their life story up to date. Yes, I do log in each day. I do go down my Timeline – or whatever it is called – and see what is happening, less on some than on others. Twitter, fine, don’t we all? But I hardly ever post a Tweet, more reading of the news and, now and then, searching out a few juicy tidbits to make a post out of. Google Plus? Yes, again, every day, but more to see whether there are any interesting stories, to feel wonderment over the photography and to see if a link has gone across from this blog. Oh, and to check on the birthdays too, of course.

Social interaction? Hardly. The initial interest, no matter which service it may happen to be, died a very quick death with me. I can see the interest, can understand the need, but I don’t really know anyone there. I’m still very much a face-to-face person, still very much more a live action lover than anything else.

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Am I missing out on something here? Is there a hidden ingredient to social networks which hasn’t got through to my taste buds yet? As I say, the first taste is fine, but then everything seems very bland after a while. I don’t feel drawn back time and time again as some people are.

So it comes as something of a surprise to me each time I see that someone else has added me to a circle, that someone has taken the time to check through my few offerings and find me interesting enough to number amongst those elite they follow. There are no explanations, no short greeting messages, no shout-outs to introduce themselves which is a shame. I know some people do build up real friendships through such services, but they seem beyond me. Now and then I will add a comment – my little bit of mustard, as the Germans say – but it rarely goes any further.

Funnily enough, one of my most popular Tweets – back in the day – was ‘don’t follow me, I’m lost too’, and I still feel that way today. I’m definitely an Internet person, a child of the times, but still, I can’t find this fascination with such networks. Am I doing something wrong, or do other people feel the same way?

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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1 Comment

  • Fran├žois Demers says:

    Is there a hidden ingredient to social networks…

    There is for me: there are four to six people (with such large numbers, who’s counting?) I am very glad to have encountered on line and I would miss very much if they were to leave. In one, perhaps two cases, the feeling may even be mutual. Stranger things have happened.
    It may be a consequence of my relative geographical isolation and the long hours I spend at whorme (a new word for work / home, perhaps less than ideal). I also strongly suspect that in all cases, we could not stand each other in reality much more than three minutes.

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