I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate about things within the last year. I’ve figured out something pretty interesting about social networking, particularly in regards to psychological evaluation.
You see, it’s particularly interesting in regards to the fact that Facebook, and Twitter, have had their fair share of betrayal, backstabbing and what-have-you since their inception. This is rather analogous with my life of the past year. Mark Zuckerburg betrayed his friend Eduardo Saverin by cutting his percentage of Facebook ownership from 34% to less than 10%. Jack Dorsey, who initially founded and started the development of Twitter, was betrayed by Evan Williams. After Evan had joined the company on a day-to-day basis, he attempted to have Jack forced out of the board.
It’s situations like these that seem to have become rather commonplace, particularly with people I felt close to. These people only use you to their advantage, and when they have decided that you are of no use to them, they cast you aside and trample you. Now, that’s not to say that EVERYONE on social networking are bad. That would be simply untrue. There are millions of good, loving people on there, but there will always be a few sour grapes.
Another thing I have learned is that people will throw a fit over the tiniest little issue, despite the fact it may not even be an issue. Such a thing happened over the weekend, for me. A former friend assumed somehow that I had attempted to contact him, which couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s why I caution you when it comes to posting an event on Facebook, publicly. What irks me even more is that I know he told someone that I was lying, and claimed that I had said that he had invited to his event. That, itself, is even more untrue, and is slandering me. The world would be a better place if people would grow up, and if there is a problem with each other, to at least talk and explain. Instead, he threatened me, which was absolutely baseless and wrong. If it makes him feel better about himself, then he is worse off than I thought.
I enjoy social networking. Really, I do. It’s a powerful tool to connect people, make new friends, connect with old friends, and create an entirely new type of community. These tools, however, can be used wrongly, as I have witnessed myself. People can use it to spread word about events, no matter how minuscule or epic, and spread rumors faster than a wildfire. Perhaps, one day, these tools will become more useful than they already are, and will provide even new means and avenues of communication and sharing.