Do you remember the first time you were asked to a party where you did not know anyone? Do you remember how that felt? How did it feel if you broke through those barriers and had a good time? Virtual worlds are opening for all of us if we just know the skills it takes to make the most of them. Just like the party where we had to stand in the corner to figure out how to behave with strangers, the same is true on line. The following six steps will help you get out of lurking mode (watching from a distance) and will help you make the most of online social networks.
Start by reflecting on what the benefit of joining a social network might be. Do you have a hobby, a taste for a particular kind of literature or are you a graduate student? None of these may be shared by the rest of your family or friends and you might enjoy discussing your interests as you meet new people around the world. Remember, websites are not limited to your own area, and we learn many things from people outside of our normal social group.
The world of social networking is new to many of us, perhaps you think your children and grandchildren are “doing it” but NOT ME! I’m here to say, “Give it a go.” There is a world of special interest websites, fun new international friends, and a wealth of better entertainment than you will ever find on TV. Get connected!