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how far would you go for social networking?

i admit.  i'm a social networking junkie.  i remember my addiction starting out in the 1990's with the introduction of MIRC and ICQ into my life.  for those unfamiliar with both, MIRC was the most famous internet chat client then while ICQ was the 'yahoo messenger' of that time.  everyone who's anyone was always online in MIRC chatting.  and as far as i remember, all of my friends had their ICQ number memorized like it was their phone number at home.

then came friendster, multiply and myspace.  friendster became really famous in asia while myspace boomed in the us.  i signed up for both because i had family and friends in those two locations.  multiply was another must for me because though i was 'social', i wanted a little privacy for my photos, videos and what-nots.  multiply provided me with all that.

and just almost 4 years ago, the mother of all social networking sites was introduced to me --- facebook.  i opened an account almost immediately but closed it a week later since i only had 2 friends and my email was getting clogged up with unnecessary notifications.  after a few months, however, i re-opened my account.  facebook still wasn't popular by that time but i had enough friends to keep me entertained.

after facebook, my list just kept getting longer.  there was tumblr, plurk, twitter and so on and so forth.  and now i come across another thriving social networking thing --- foursquare.



foursquare allows you to check-in to places, meet up with friends and discover new places.

basically what foursquare wants you to do is to give information as to your present location and to log each and every time you move to a new one.  it has this 'game' feel to it since you earn badges for each achievement that you unlock.  for example, checking in after 3 in the morning will give you a 'night badge' while checking in more times than anyone else at a certain location will make you mayor of the place.  

since every time you log on to foursquare publishes your location, it's a stalker's dream come true!  i can't believe hollywood  celebrities even use it.  i know that for a fact since i learned about foursquare through ryan seacrest (no, i don't know him personally :)) i just read his tweet via foursquare).  the paparazzi must be having a blast with these new social networks.

however, one good thing i see coming out from foursquare is that when you're in an unfamiliar place, you can just log on your location and the site will give you details as to nearby restaurants, cafes, gas stations and landmarks.

so with all of that, i ask you again, 'how far will you go for social networking?'.  don't get me wrong.  i do have a foursquare account but i'm still pretty scared to use it.  will you sign up for it?  do you already use it?


25 comments

  1. i love social networking as well . but im not a super junk at it.. i usually got to it when im bored ! lol

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  2. I dont' know... I don't like 4 square! I find the 4 square twitter updates really annoying :P

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  3. I'm a socialnetworking freak, hehe and have joined most of them! I did join foursquare, but have actually never used it.

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  4. HA! I remember ICQ. I was on the first social network, Firefly, in the mid 90s. It was like a Myspace, but you were only allowed 1 pic! And you didn't have a background, etc. But I'm still friends with the ppl I met on there!

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  5. mm...foursquare's not for me. my brother-in-law's using foursquare, so i'm kinda familiar with it. although i'm also social networking geek, i'm not to bent on publicly divulging my whereabouts every now and then :)

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  6. mother! this is a good read for all of us who love social networking.

    IN PRAISE OF OVERSHARING
    http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1990586,00.html

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  7. Interesting. The concept seems fun but scary. I'll think about it!

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  8. sorry sissy i deleted my first comment. got a lot of mistypo.

    i was so addicted with MIRC before too but after college, I lost interest. I only stayed at FB and Femalenetwork :) thanks for sharing, I am also cautious on sharing vital information across the net because I know what harm it can give you.

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  9. I'm on the fence about Four Square myself as I'm a part of so many other social networks; however, it sounds like a fun idea!! :)

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  10. I have similar thoughts about Foursquare. For me, it's more scary rather than being fun. I don't see (yet) the reason why I'd want everyone to know where I am. Nice post, Joei.

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  11. michelle. it just gets too addicting sometimes! ;)

    jesson and rey ann. unique names! Thanks for visting. Ill visit your blog really soon :)

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  12. leia. good thing i dont update my foursquare account at all. Or else you'd be annoyed with me since were following each other in twitter :))

    sherin. you and me both! :)

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  13. elle sees. wow, i dont think i had firefly!

    koryn. scary right?

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  14. james. goodluck using it!

    marice. no problem! i think blogspot allows blog owners to remove the notification for a deleted comment :)

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  15. erika. still 50-50 on the whole thing also.

    russ. welcome back! :)

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  16. Is it weird that it creeps me out a bit?

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  17. kristin. not at all! i can't bring myself to update my account despite my being a social networking junkie.

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  18. i once joined a lot of social networking sites but i got tired of it. never heard bout that site til now. and with what you said, it's giving out TMI. that's not good.

    Kisses from NYC,
    Betina and Mae
    http://everythingnewyorkcity.blogspot.com/

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  19. im a TOTAL s.n addict!!

    Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comments and support darling, it really means a lot ♥

    Je suis très très TRÈS désolée for the late reply!

    Have a lovely week dearest =]

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
    English Rose x
    http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

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  20. Oh, I think I will draw the line at facebook haha! I'm also on twitter and already hardly using it. So I don't think I will be joining foursquare anytime soon! I just can't keep up:P

    xx

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  21. betz. my thoughts exactly!

    english rose. no problem! :)

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  22. sher. me too. im happy with facebook and twitter :)

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  23. i'm scared of foursquare because of the stalker potential too. =P

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  24. ♥. thank you for the comment but i can't access your blog because your profile's set on private :/

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