Caught in the Web of Social Networking

No one can deny the cultural phenomenon and power of social networking sites like Twitter, Linked In, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest. There are so many more, but this is a small list of sites I’ve created accounts for recently. And I dislike networking, online or in person.

For the longest time, I only used Facebook to keep in touch with friends while shunning all others. I regret doing that. Now, I’m playing catch-up to other job seekers who have the “Google resume” down to an art. In my research, I’ve read many times over that a positive online presence is a deciding factor for some employers (considering how easy it is to Google someone’s name). I’m still sending out resumes to job postings, but now I’m also trying to make connections and put myself out there.

This whole venture has been out of my comfort zone. Making friends was so much simpler when I was younger. Why has it become more convoluted when, as adults, we should have this skill set figured out? I like to make real connections to people. I don’t want to think, “What’s in this for me?” or “What are they really after?” or worse: “Will this come back to bite me later?” Yet, real connections are a part of networking. A simple “Like” leads to a conversation and becomes more personable. It’s a strange paradox.

I dislike the idea of networking,
luring flies to my web
trapping myself in the web of others.

But I am open to chance meetings
random connections with shared passions
that could be something more.