Social Networking Sites - they are the lethal most blessings I have ever got in this hi-tech world. For me, it all started in 2006 with an Orkut invitation. A friend of mine smsed me saying that Orkut is a new social networking site where there is a Sydenham College community. We can all get in touch with our friends who are not present in the city or we have lost all the contacts with them. We sydenhamites are way to sentimental for our college (I am sure most of you would be) that it is easy to convince us for anything in the name of Sydenham!
So there I was; alien on that site but determined to find my friends there so that I could simply re-live my college days all over again! It was not so difficult to get savvy to that site as the functions were very simple to use. In a few days, i had found 100 odd friends for whom I had lost all the hopes of finding ever again.
The friends' list increased with time; so did my routine of checking the site; leaving a message became scrapping, the whole new platform to upload and share photographs. Then came a time when we met friends, we clicked photographs to upload them on Orkut, we only saw them and commented there and in no time, it became an addiction. Even over phone, we fought with friends for not replying to scraps.
After a few months, the Orkut team could not offer me anything new there, so I stopped spending time out there. The (s)craps became less and facebook invites increased. The Orkut crowd shifted there as it was becoming less and less safe when it came to protecting one's profile. Scrapping was replaced by writing on one's wall; status update was a new feature added along with few applications like games and various quizzes. Sometimes we became pirates, sometimes dons, sometimes zombies, cooks, farmers and what not! And we all were very proud of our status of being so.
Soon enough, the blogworld came on facebook too; few bloggers became very good friends; while others stayed on the facebook page created for my blog. You will find that on the sidebar. Join it to get sometimes crazy, sometimes serious and rest of the times regular updates by me. (ah, I should have been in PR, somebody suggested this on facebook!).
And the latest trend is Twitter Trend; where a wall post or a scrap is called a Tweet; people are called Tweeple; freedom of speech is limited to 140 characters; but so far this is the safest site for social networking as it does not reveal either your profile or your real name and e-mail id. One can select his/her own login name and start tweeting. But here you can only update your status and reply to others within those 140 characters.
So that's my small virtual world where I communicate with known as well as unknown, I have made few friends for life and I can get in touch with my once upon a time best friends. We plan and plot and do crazy things there; we update our status message and get various reactions on it from friends. The feeling of they are still there around you, they still listen to what you say is overwhelming. It is possible to have a family in this virtual world too; and I am proud to have one.
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PS: For writing such a huge post on these sites, they must pay me! Anybody listening?