Social Networking

It took a long time before I joined Friendster. I had a few requests before I caved in. Well, I didn't want my little sister to feel as though I was ignoring her, so I signed up when she sent me an invitation. And, even though I do visit it every now and then (when I get new friend requests, messages, testimonials), I'm still not in to it in a big way. If not for my friends and family who are all in to Friendster, I probably won't be using the site that much --- it's just too clunky and messy for my taste.

Another family member (my brother this time) invited me to Zorpia, a photo-sharing-meets-social-networking site. It's interesting, but site navigation and purpose is lost on me (who knows what the points are for anyway?! 😮 ). So, even though I sent some invitations I haven't really gotten in to it at all.

A few months ago, I received a request to join LinkedIn. I took one look and signed up. I did not visit it again until today. I'm hoping this would be more useful for me as I further explore the world of networking.

That's right. I'm actively trying to expand my network. So yesterday, I found myself signing up for Ryze - yes, without an invitation. This site shows some promise. I'm excited to see how I can work with this and vice versa.

I wonder what your experiences are with online social networking? Have you tried other social networking sites? What have you tried and what are they like?

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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