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Networking has emerged as a very popular concept in the past few
years. The idea of networking as a social tool, however, has been around
for a long, long time.
Networking, as a social tool has definitely been used by many, many people even before computers and the internet was a round.
What does this mean, you ask? Well, let me enlighten you. Long before
there were computers, people have been meeting friends, correct?
How do you think they meet those friends? Oh sure, you may reason out
that they have had childhood friends. But, sooner or later, they have
to get sick of their childhood buddies, right? So they get to meet all
How do they meet those people? By other friends of course! As you can
see, long before the term has been coined, networks already existed.
And people have already been using networking as a social tool for a
long, long, time.
The use of networking as a social tool is still observable today in
forms other than web logs or Facebook. The fact is, despite these
advances in technology, some people still get to meet new friends via
their own circle of acquaintances.
Networking as a social tool can be very effective. Why, you ask?
Well, first of all, if you use networking as a social tool and not any
other method, you can at least be sure that the two new acquaintances
have something in common. What’s their connection, you ask? Well, the
network, of course!
What’s so brilliant about using networking as a social tool is that
you can actually go out and meet someone whose interests may be similar
One disadvantage of using networking as a social tool, however, is
that this takes away some of the excitement of finding out “who” someone
After all, where’s the mystery when someone’s already told you all about a person you’re about to meet.
Although, one could certainly argue (and argue very well) that this
eliminates the awkward phase of the early stages of friendship. Using
networking as a social tool can definitely help two new acquaintances to
get down and start forming a bond of friendship… or, perhaps, something
In using networking as a social tool, some people definitely need to
be careful. While in the past people found within one’s network needed
to be well-known, nowadays, social networking works more in an
environment of anonymity.
This means that you cannot really be sure that the friend you are
meeting is actually a friend of your friend. Complete strangers now meet
through the social networking services provided by the internet and
carelessly place their trust on a perfect stranger.
This can be, and has been, the cause of a number of crimes committed
daily. The fact that you place your trust in a complete stranger does
not really bother anyone, until it’s too late.
In using networking as a social tool, one has to be careful that the
person they are meeting actually belongs in a person’s social network.
Some people tend to forget that there is a lot of bad out there,
mixed among the good. We also tend to forget about how deceitful the
human heart can be. We always need to be cautious about who we’re
After all, it is so much better to be safe than sorry or worse.