Facebook, twitter, blogspot, flickr, goodreads, writerface, whohub, scribd.com - you name the sites, I've joined them - hoping to establish new connections in areas of my interests. At the suggestion from three friends I've joined the Internet of superfluous dot coms, my friends assuring me that the unseen cosmic world in cyberspace is an excellent super-nova to connect to the uncompromising galaxy of souls. Many new connections were established - friend requests, sneak-peekers, solicitations, disingenuous comments, spammers, rubber-neckers, pornographic suggestions and so on, have attacked most of my sites. My reaction is both hilarious and idiotic over the attention and distraction.
Most of the attention my sites receive is unwanted on my part, and all of the idiotic distractions are unnecessary. I've had to edit my privacy settings, witch eliminated the spammers, and I've deleted so-called-friends who were only spammers looking for a kill. I conferred with each of my friends who suggested that I join cyberspace, and they said that I should have made privacy settings when I subscribed to the dot coms. How stupid of me, like I knew about privacy settings from the onset?
Concerns I've learned from dipping into cyberspace is that most of my new connections are promoting something, if not themselves then their products; such as on-line seminars, working-at-home via computer, e-bay auctions, selling cosmetics, selling writing courses, selling Russian brides, promoting porno sites, etc, etc. I've learned that the Internet is too vastly commercialized, but of course what isn't? The best idea I've learned from investing time on the Internet is to continue real-time physical friendships with real people, as well as real-time physical connections with people I've come to know, shared laughter with , stories, anecdotes, lunch, dinner, wine and beer - people I can trust and be creative with, the one's that inspire and create and are successful in their hobbies and professions.
I will continue with the Internet, but only when time warrants and when I've established real contacts with people.