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Vanessa Haywood

To tweet or not to tweet…

2011-07-20 10:09
Hi, my name is Vanessa and I'm a tweetaholic.

Yes, I am a self-confessed social networking addict and I'm not just talking the Twitter-type! I have a daily dose of updating two separate Facebook pages as well, not to mention all the other forms of communication which range from BB-chatting (Blackberry Messenger) to my website and blog, to email (I have three email addresses) and smsing.

To say that I have a daily sensory overload is an understatement!

I’ve been tweeting since May 2009 and joined Facebook in 2007, which makes me a relative newcomer considering that Vleisboek, as I like to call it, first found its mass popularity in 2006 – all of this way before I even realised the power of social media.

And just as I thought my life couldn't become more complicated, Google launches Google+… My digital meltdown begins here!

After three failed attempts at starting its own social media tool (including the much-tainted and lawsuit-challenged Google Buzz), Google has launched one more, hopefully final, attempt at stealing Facebook's thunder. With more than 750 000 000 Facebook users, they have their work cut out for them.

I checked it out and it has some pretty intriguing features including Circles (specialised friend groups), Hangouts (group video chats), Sparks (likes/interest groups) and Huddle (MXit meets BBM), but to be honest, none of it is really earth-shattering or innovative.

Google+ appears to be a platform which encompasses Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and MXit all in one. Life made simpler? Not sure about that.

I think they've missed the proverbial boat and their attempt at joining the social media world is rather futile, especially with China and Iran already blocking them. People don't like change and corporations all over the world have already spent millions getting social media gurus to "up their social game" on already existing platforms.

My conclusion? Go back to the Maldives as a Survivor contestant! My five weeks there without any contact with the outside world was pure unadulterated bliss!

On the other hand, as time-consuming and sometimes annoying sharing our lives on the internet can be, it is awfully fun and it connects us all, in some weird, cyber space way.

Now excuse me while I go tweet something profoundly uninteresting like the fact that I just had my hair cut… but we all do it and we love it! 

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