What got me to investigate Facebook again, this time seriously, is the recent Aspen conference in which several panellists emphasised the use of social networks in various “serious” fields including business, commerce and finance as well as other fields. This of course put paid to my prejudices against that site and I decided that the best way to actually find out more about it, is to jump right in and use it. And that, I have started to do.
Why would I want to do so; however? Well, I want to use it to explore better ways to communicate with people online, in a more interactive fashion than say a blog can. There is no way I am going to abandon this blog, this continues to remain my top priority, but I shall look for ways to also enhance the blog by the use of these social networks and give both them and myself an honest chance to see how I can benefit from them.
This, once again proves what my younger brother Hani told me in exasperation many years ago when he saw me “fighting” with a computer program to force bending it to my way of working. What he said was simple: “Don’t fight with the computer, it’s always going to win!” He further suggested that I should just find out the limitations and either find ways around them, or just accept them and get on with my life. The main issue is for using the program and the computer to do what you want to do, rather than allowing it to take over your life by trying to force it to do something it wasn’t designed to do in the first place!
So I’ve given up fighting. There are far too many indications which prove that I was wrong to regard these things as a fad, and it’s time to find out more conducive ways to utilise them. I’m not alone in this stream, of course, there are many other people and organisations who successfully integrated themselves and businesses within the social networks spheres and benefited from them. I intent to do just that too.
There is a very good program that I have also coincidently partly listened to on the BBC World Service a few minutes ago talking about the effects of social networks from Facebook to LinkedIn. I just downloaded the Podcast so I can listen to it in its entirety. I know that it will give me some guidance by finding out how others use these services.
There is a large community of Bahrainis on Facebook of course and they are creating a lot of special interest groups one can join. One of the latest is what my friend Mohammed Al-Ubaydli brings to our attention in his latest blog post:
But against such a depressing new story it is my pleasure to announce the new Facebook group we created at the Bahraini Embassy in Washington DC for Bahraini students in North America. If someone you love is a Bahraini student in a university in North America then show them how much you care by sending them a link to the page.
Apart from the group above, I have created two groups which you might be interested in joining, both are open and welcome anyone to do so; the first is Bahrain Bloggers group, and the second is what I hope to be a fun place to be in, it’s the Mahmood’s Den Groupies group!
Have fun in these social networks my friends, and do please help this geezer to understand them better by participating in the above groups!