Thursday, November 4, 2010

Social what??

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, when I asked what a social network was, I got this:

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes", which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.
Wanting to fulfill a curious question as to just what the big deal was about this phenomenon, I asked a youngster what social structure they belonged to. The answer from the kid was, “I don’t node, but my daddy nodes.” Really?

So, do you “node”, or have online interdependent relationships? And are you very worried about all the news of late about security issues and how they are being addressed?

Did you know about Microsoft’s latest security tightening on their web-based mail accounts? -- it’s getting a little scary to think that we need all these measures in today’s already threatened world of terrorism.

To think on it some, there is facebook, twitter, and digg as well as a lot of blog sites like this one. But the biggest social gathering that I know of for writers happens THIS month here at Nano Wri Mo or National Novel Writing Month.

And if you think that is easy, whew boy just try it!

Gosh, it was such a simpler time when you only had to worry about the mailman being delayed by the local hound-dog, or you could float a check because the bank would not be sending it through for a few days (now it is a matter of hours!). Now with the advent of electronic everything we have become an instant society.

But even still, it’s nice to have the luxury of electronic books, cyber friends, and online workshops for writers. I guess I am just going to enjoy my social “noding” and leave the how and why to the pros.


Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Hi, Kim. Interesting article today. ;o) I often wonder when the day will come that they want to implant our phones in our brains and put tiny monitors in our heads, too, so we just tune out to tune in. Shudder. I guess that's too Orwellian even for me! LOL. Have a happy day writing - and tell us when the next Shannon novel is coming out!

s.w. vaughn said...

LOL I know for sure that I'll never be able to "win" NaNo. When November gets here, I'm always right in the middle of a project that I can't stop working on. :-(

But I do Facebook allll the time. I've decided it's better to pick one social network and stick with it than try to get on all of them, and end up scattered all over the place.

Good luck to you! *G*