Social media’s twisting of the language.

Facebook’s general twisting on the way we live our lives begins to turn sour with me. Fan pages…. there’s tons of them, which is fine, but what is starting to annoy me is the “inviting” me to become a fan.  With MySpace the issue was simple, either I followed you or I didn’t.’s definition (among many) of the word “fan” is:an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.Most of the things I get invites to be fans of are things that I’d never get involved in.  What it does do is just increase the ego and it’s becoming tiresome.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind friends sending me these invitations, it’s the nature of the invitation that bothers me.Social networking is not a numbers game, it’s about relationships.  If I don’t know the person, company or organisation then what makes you think that I’m ready to be a fan?So, looking forward.  Perhaps it’s time that Facebook lost its title of “social network” because it’s losing the social factor.  It has become a big directory of linkage, a connected town with it’s own rules.  Looking for real social networks, I’m looking at the true social nature of things like Dopplr and Locle. Real people, real locations and real life.

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