Social Media and Classifieds
Ever since the old days of print media, people have been buying and selling things. There’s employment classifieds, vehicle and boat listings, and the good old trading post sections, where anything and everything goes up for sale. READ MORE
Dating and Social Media
Online dating mainly came to be in the last couple of decades, as the Internet became more sophisticated, and companies found ways to capitalize on people’s desires to form traditional partnerships.
Match.com, OkCupid, the list goes on. But these companies didn’t do this out of the goodness of their hearts. They did it because they smelled money in the air. READ MORE
Networking and Social Media
Are you interested in networking?
It’s kind of a double-edged sword. In a way, everybody’s interested in networking. On the other hand, when somebody asks you a question like that, it seems really cliché, and you want to shake your head ‘no.’ READ MORE
That’s the difference between plastic artificial networking and real grassroots networking. One model wants to enable individuals to make their own rules and chart their own progress through the virtual world. The other model wants to harness people’s social inclinations in order to make money and monopolize the public space.
We’ve seen it all now – we’ve seen the corrosive impact of town Facebook pages that got out of control. We’ve seen the Russian bots and the pay per click campaigns, and the corporate wrangling over the rules when it comes to working with user data. We’ve even seen the one single giant of the social media world make a play to launch its own cryptocurrency, in order to consolidate its stranglehold on the American public.
Now think about that. Is that networking?
Networking at its core is just about people. And they’re talking. That’s what it is. Let’s bring networking back to the old BBS days and away from corporate mass media to have a greater measure of agency in our lives.