SHESPEAKS Your Power to Influence

Which activity on social networking websites is most important to you? (i.e., Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace)

The media seems to increasingly mention online social networking as a revolutionary way to make and keep friends. Most of us have probably received an email invitation to view a photo album, update your profile or see someone's personal web page. Perhaps you enjoy crafting your own page online and sharing with friends and family to keep them involved in your life. But will this form of contact truly widen our networks of friends or does it simply make us better at maintaining the relationships we have already.

We now have a reliable way to keep track of baby's birthday photos, friends that change jobs and the latest in our hobby and interest groups - are they really a major part of all of our lives?

There is now such a variety of online tools for connecting with contacts and relationships - which activity do you find most useful for your lifestyle? How long do you spend checking these sites in an average week?

Finding a new job (8.7%)

Finding a boyfriend/love interest (1.6%)

Keeping in touch with my current friends (67.8%)

Making new friends who have common interests (22.0%)

Which activity on social networking websites is most important to you? (i.e., Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace)
  • bpoppy By bpoppy
    on Oct 31, 2007  

    I am really not very internet savvy but I use these sites all the time to share photos (Ringo & Flickr) and keep in touch. I insist that my family keep a profile somewhere usually they choose facebook or linkd in so that I can keep up with where they live and what they do!

    I don't have many new friends from using these sites but maybe I'm not using it correctly?

  • jemappel By jemappel
    on Nov 01, 2007  

    It's funny to see that most people chose "keep in touch with current friends." You hear that people are using social network sites to meet new people, but most are just extending their current friendships online.

  • llauren321 By llauren321
    on Nov 01, 2007  

    I would say more than even keeping in touch with friends I already have, it's about finding friends that I have lost touch with! People I took dance classes with when I was a little one, friends I went to summer camp with, old high school buddies - you name it! The people I come in contact with everyday don't NEED my online time, it's the ones that are too far away in space or time that it is nice to reconnect with :)

  • bigdog2 By bigdog2
    on Nov 01, 2007  

    I AM 5 FT 5 A LITTLE PLUMP AS MY HUSBAND CALL IT.I TRY TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.

  • barbara1_1_1 By barbara1_1_1
    on Nov 01, 2007  

    I exercise almost every day. but not always do all of my exercises. I do enjoy walking fast each day. I have exercised most days of my life. I am 62 now very flexible and in pretty good shape.

  • kimana517 By kimana517
    on Nov 01, 2007  

    Nowadays I just use my blog (LiveJournal) and social networking profiles to keep up with friends I already know. But--a LOT of those friends (especially on LJ) are people I met online within the past 3 years!

  • windjammer By windjammer
    on Nov 02, 2007  

    I like to keep in touch freinds mean so much after blood family they are also family.

  • bloomingfrogx2 By bloomingfrogx2
    on Nov 02, 2007  

    I really love making new connections in my life because I like to enrich the scope of my world. I feel that the more connections we have in life, the richer we become. For it is through connecting and sharing, by inquiry and acceptance, and by learning and openness, that we truly grow in our human experience. In each connection is the possibility of friendship and in each friendship is the possibility of "best" friends. And to me, best friends are an extension of my family. I love the way the internet and social networking sites can expand and enrich my world!

  • bigdog2 By bigdog2
    on Nov 02, 2007  

    WELL I TRY KEEP IN TOUCH WITH OLD AND NEW FRIENDS ALL I CAN. WITH BUSY SCHEDULES, KIDS AND SOMETIMES SICKNESS, WE LOSE TOUCH. I TRY MAKE SOMEONE DAY BY A SURPRISE CALL,LETTING KNOW I CARE AND WILL ALWAYS KEEP THEM IN PRAYER.

  • tdrewery1 By tdrewery1
    on Nov 02, 2007  

    I like to meet people in person so you get a true idea of who they are. Using the internet to look for a job gives you access to more opportunities.