Do you tweet? Do you post on Facebook? If so, you’re in good company. It seems like at least 70% of the RVers we know use these popular social networking sites to one extent or another. Some are regular users, making several posts a day, while others only log on occasionally. They have become a popular and easy way to keep abreast of what our traveling friends are up to.
While I have both Twitter and Facebook accounts, I find that I use Facebook a lot more often. When I post a new Bad Nick Blog, or what I consider to be a particularly interesting RV blog, I post a link on both websites. That’s about the only time I use Twitter, however I usually make at least one post on Facebook every day, sometimes more, and often I make comments on friends’ posts.
I know some fulltime RVers, snowbirds, and weekend campers who seem to be addicted to the websites, at times taking it to extremes, with dozens of posts in a day. I mean, really, I don’t need to know that you are stopping at Denny’s for lunch, or that you’re back on the road, that you just crossed into Texas, that you stopped at a rest area for a potty break, and on and on. Does anybody really need to know all that?
Of course, I don’t have to read all of those posts, and many times I just skip over them. I don’t play any of the many games offered on Facebook, because I just don’t have the time or the interest. I also don’t join causes, accept invitations, re-post blurbs about having a cancer survivor, a service member, a nurse, or whatever in my family, or repost blurbs about how much I love my wife, daughter, father, or iguana. I figure that if I can’t get that sentiment across in person, a virtual message probably isn’t going to mean a heck of a lot to anybody.
There has been a lot of criticism about Facebook stealing your personal information, or accounts being hacked, but I really think that just comes down to basic internet common sense. Don’t put anything out there that you don’t want the world to know, don’t open links from anybody you don’t know and trust, and always use good spam and spyware software.
I have no idea how many friends I have on Facebook, but I suspect it’s probably quite a few more than I have in real life. For a while, early on, I was accepting every friend request that came along, but I’ve tightened up on that, and now if I don’t know who somebody is, or if they don’t send a message telling me who they are, I just click ignore. I think some people just collect friends, to be able to boast of how many they have.
One drawback I’ve seen with social networking sites is that a lot of people who used to post regularly to their RV travel blogs now just throw something up on Facebook or Twitter. I miss reading those blog posts, which are more in depth and often include photographs of the places they’ve gone and the things they’ve seen.
How about you? How many of you use Facebook or Twitter, and how often do you post? If you have, or had, an RV blog, do you find that you now neglect it in favor of quick posts on Facebook and Twitter?
I’d like to have a seminar on social network sites at our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally in Yuma next month, if I could find somebody to present it. Do I have any volunteers out there?
Thought For The Day – I used to have many faults, now I have only two – everything I say and everything I do.