In this social media whirl of a world what happens if you are shy?

In this social media whirl of a world what happens if you are shy?

Summary: Sending out friend requests on LinkedIn or FaceBook is fairly easy for Americans but I bet it is less so for other, less gregarious cultures.For example, I would guess that in Japan there would be fewer "friends" requests coming out of the blue.

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Sending out friend requests on LinkedIn or FaceBook is fairly easy for Americans but I bet it is less so for other, less gregarious cultures.

For example, I would guess that in Japan there would be fewer "friends" requests coming out of the blue. Same in Europe, especially in the UK, where I'm from.

Here in the US there is a culture of acquaintances which is not as developed as in other countries, or at least the countries I am familiar with. The culture of acquaintances is that I know a lot of people, and I like them, but I don't know them quite as well as my friends.

But that distinction doesn't matter much in the world of the social networks, and in the world of blogging, and Flickr, and Twitter--the whole trend to share oneself with the world...

But what if you are shy, what if you don't want to be AlwaysOn, always in conversation, what if you want to listen to your internal conversation, what if you value your privacy, your personal moments that you share carefully and uniquely? Will those people be at a disadvantage in this new world?

Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • I simply don't subscribe

    I don't have a Facebook, a MySpace, or any of that. It's not that I am shy, it's just that I don't have a need to post every detail of my life online for the world to see.

    Everyone who I want knowing me, knows me.
    Sabz5150
  • Not gregarious

    Anonymity. It allows you to live out your exhibitionist and voyeuristic fantasies without worrying about public shame. As a friend of mine asked the other day: Why in the world would a total stranger suddenly want to be my friend. It doesn't happen in real social encounters, only in the anonymous world of the internet.
    frgough
  • LinkedIn

    Back when that first started up I kept on getting invitations, both from people I actually know and people didn't think I knew. I thought they were spam and got annoyed when I found out so-called "friends" actually gave my contact information away.
    Erik Engbrecht
  • I just don't get it

    Why do you want to post your life online? Are people really that hard-up for friends that they need to subscribe to a friend marketplace. I bet if I posted my picture, of course I look like a male super-model, I could get some attractive women to be my "friend." Hmmm sounds like fishing to me. Now if my "friends" all gave me $1 each week, I wouldn't have to work and could post more of my life, get more $$$ and so on.

    This potentially could be profitable. I would hire another person...obviously another model-type person, and have them post so I could retire from my "friends." :)
    THEE WOLF