The concept of the word “friendship” is no longer the same as that found in the dictionary from the Latin word “Amicus” or “friend” who says Wikipedia , Possibly stemmed from amore (love) and that is just a link affection between two or more persons. The friendship is one of the most common relationships that the Most of human beings have in life.
But it is clear that this concept has changed definitively with the coming of the Internet on our lives and in our society … and maybe the mutation has been completed after coined and widespread use of the term “Virtual Friend”
It is impossible to deny that they have been precisely the social networks that have contributed to end up changing the concept of the word friendship, as they have multiplied the number of our “friends” to limits unaware ‘to’ and have allowed us to know too many others with whom we have had only contact via the keyboard.
Despite the potential
bounties likely to have the fact of having “many friends” and to spend so much time with them to exchange information, pictures and comments … there is a pair of Questions not cease to be < > disturbing :
Are we creating or maintaining bonds of true friendship?
Are friends virtual friends for real?
Using social networks more
that have been populating the Internet as Facebook, MySpace, SmallWorl or Tuenti (the link later in this article, but if you’re reading this post is because you have access to Internet … and if so, then not only know, but it is also certain that you have already pointer to any one of them), it is possible to find a friends of yesteryear, to acquaintances, former colleagues and above all make new “friends” with those who no longer need years to establish contact or search for affinity ‘to’ and by his position nor the common contact physical or at least implied that visual-to-get , Have and maintain a friendship of long ago.
We just have to keep some simple
steps to register in these portals by “motu proprio”, or even because it can be done with just an email sent from someone who is pre-
pointer in any of these networks.
I understand that we continue to taking
childhood friends and former colleagues or classmates to the illusion that does not make contact because we are human and we are full of
feelings emotional, memories and experiences and also understand and agree that these networks are very Useful comes to renew those ties.
But what I do not understand
, is for people who are started on this (not myself included) and then by
publish to open all your data (name, surname, schools, universities, hobbies , Etc.). And include many photos (some too revealing) then go to connect with hundreds of people who do not know of nothing and who are also there for having come from others and so are Linking go little by little and with each other in a maelstrom of dyes contagious with unclear purposes and that often produce more anxiety than welfare.
A lot of people do not understand why it starts to link
to strangers or measure the consequences of doing so. Most do so
curiosity or continue with the viral chain that moves to the younger generation that confuse the socialization out with the true friendship.
I am sure that these media allow recover
relationships and create another new one. But I remain quite skeptical of the
valuations we can do to these networks, both in quantity and in the quality of the friendships that we get as a result of their use and frequent interaction.
In fact one of these portals limited
the number of contacts to 5,000, but only for technical reasons, although seeing it otherwise, I think it is humanly impossible to maintain over 100
friendships at once , Especially because they would have to devote lot time in contact with them and a person with normal work and family simply can not. Not even what it would be for someone who was all day versus to the screen.
It is not surprising that most of those who call “ virtual friends
” and we have linked in these networks, spend months and even years without being contacted and it is very likely to be left without any
contact < > The rest of our lives. Usually we have only superficial contact with some twenty of them and only spend a maintain a more direct and more frequent with fewer than a dozen, is the most common.
So my view is that these alleged networks do not help us to promote friendship or to the creation of new friends, only
our number of acquaintances. But on the other hand if you think that they are an excellent tool to keep in touch with our friends of a lifetime and for those who feel a true ‘to’ and affectionate friendship.
Regardless of the above, also found that the
plays an important role in these networks, not the blame, because everyone works to live and no one forces us to enroll in them. The downside is that once inside, we were exposed
everything unimaginable to the bombing commercial incluyedo
applications that we think can be fun but they turn out to be another very good spot assembled, to best style of a trap game stupid, but virtual cutoff.
In fact last year I found via Joi Ito that one of these portals
had developed a social
strategy with which aimed to establish a genuine “social networking” using the actual words of Henry … “the movement began with the decision to open the API for developers … many developers began to create all sorts of services, which led to many more users the dynamism around those Service is to give high in implementation. The results are clear and compelling: The social network offers a any a developer testing laboratory with access to over forty million users in a way immediately, with marketing costs virtually nil (just upload application, move it a bit and wait for the magic of the viral platform takes its effect) and possibilities immediate feedback and learning. “
So we not only have a scenario of simple virtual friendships but to a virtual society in its fullness that moves and lives in a parallel
true to our societies.
To avoid all rings so bad, I agree that these networks serve to give space to those who have problems of socialization
it helps them feel less alone and the fear of sociabilizar lose. The problems of shyness and
of>> interact remain submerged
and building a relationship becomes something quite comfortable .
It is also possible convert real and virtual friends but whenever they can get out of the first category, and move on to eye contact, which is crucial for establish the proverbial ties that characterized the
of truth. For what could be a tool of relative utility Networking
Following is a brief overview of the most famous social portals :
It is the largest social network
, the greatest exponent of Web 2.0 for many, and is currently the 7th most visited site on the planet. Let’s see a little of its history:
In February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg created a website that aimed to facilitate
relations between the students of Harvard University: each
student could create your personal page where they share their experiences
In a short time, Facebook is extended to other universities such as MIT or Boston University, and in September 2006 was open to anyone with an email address, causing a explosion in the field of social networks to reach in July 2007 to
of active users around the world.
Many reasons to success: simple but colorful, easy Settings’ to ‘and running, completely customized privacy … and most importantly, it is an open platform for developers, so that anyone can develop
any application, share and integrate it into Facebook.
The social network is growing very natural way: with mouth to mouth, and the invitations . The functionalities are countless since it has more than 5,000 applications available free.
Another social network that start
to grow from day one without much effort.
When you become a member of MySpace Create your own
profile, then invite your friends to become members and are looking at MySpace to friends of yours who already are members. These people become part of your “Friend Space” or space
friends original. All the people of the area of friends of each of your friends becomes part of your network, so that little by little you connecting
with more people.
MySpace was founded in 2003 by Tom Anderson and Chris dewolfe. It began as a site for socialize like Friendster.
That same year, the industry leader, Friendster, had a setback important technology because it could not continue with its volume of traffic
growing . During peak traffic hours, the site was very slow, or users received
DNS errors and could not access the site.
Tons of Friendster users are tired ‘to’ and eventually switch to MySpace through word of mouth, which started through friends of the founders and employees of MySpace, along with some promotions In the media through Intermix, the company that
part of MySpace at the time.
Recent social network that brings function since early 2006 (in the environment ICADE). It works much like Facebook with the
that the majority of users are from Spain and that is in beta closed so it is invite a
to use .
Tuenti can create a profile with photos and data personal as date of birth, college, university, etc.. Then you can go adding friends, and see friends of friends.
Another interesting option for which
is the power to tag the photos you are going to rise with the names of the users of Tuenti appearing in the picture, so if your friend and upload a photo tag with your name, you will be notified immediately. Behind Tuenti is are Company Whoiswho Technologies and Bernardo Hernandez, Director of Marketing at Google Spain.
Small World :
It was a company founded in Cambridge (England) in 1989 by Dick Newell among others, which developed Geographic Information Systems. He became leader of the market for tools and communications. In September of 2000 was
for GE Energy, a division of General Electric. But the name Smallworld persists as the mark of the software technology and its applications.
Today GIS is a very this in the market for network analysis. Smallworld technology supports tools applications for companies working in the distribution of services (utilities): telecommunications, networks supply ‘to’ and public systems.
Finally, and for
include so graphically what we are social networks, I let you an interesting video I found on the blog-o-Corp in explaining how social networks in 3 minutes.
is stop thinking about our contacts as virtual true friends, and that these networks serve only to exchange data, recall
, say a couple of jokes and sometimes make the vague and impossible promise to come back and see us, that with each passing year becomes more impossible to meet. I
I use it as a place to keep track of the people with whom they have ever had a link more visual and physical if you like.