In the privacy of our e-mail discussion about the mother who counted more than five thousand friends in her social networking sites and informed her "friends" half an hour after her young son drowned in the family pool and few minutes in between her last twitting before the tragedy happened, I felt that it was kind of weird. Some of these friends reprimanded her for giving priority to the updating of her site than grieving for the dead son. Others justified her excuse of being alone to spend most of her waking hours in the social sites to meet people. Lest I will be accused of it-is-true-to-me-and-therefore-it-should-be-true-to-everybody, there was a time when I hardly touched my pc at home when a relationship went sour and a friend who I met in the internet died . The pc in the office was tweaked for the use in the accounting transactions only.
Some people have a tendency to treat the people that linked them as their "fans" and therefore it gave them the I-am-bound-to-update -my-FOLLOWERS-to-inform-them-of-my-current-status-so-what-if-it-is-just-about-the-little-sandwich-I-ate-for-breakfast feeling. Methinks that it gives them a false sense of popularity just like those bloggers who regarded themselves as political analysts after writing a few articles about politics.
Lately, there were comparisons of the number of friends of the presidential candidates in their Facebook account-- trying to impress the image that those with more friends have a bigger chance of winning in the election.
Not many knew that just like traffic in the websites or blogs, virtual friends can be bought from enterprising internet savvy people. An Australian company is offering 1000 friends in the Facebook and Twitter account for 125 pounds.
Leon Hill, its 24-year-old chief executive, reported a surge of inquiries about his service over Christmas.Fake friends anyone?
He told The Sun: "Social networking sites can be cruel if you're unloved – they show exactly how popular you are.
"People are buying pals so they have more mates to chat to, rather than sitting alone on their PCs.