So what's the point of social networking?

The usual comments you hear about Facebook and the like is 'what's the point of connecting via the internet with friends you see every day in the office or socially?'.


A fair point - if you see someone every day, you probably don't need an internet relationship with them.


I like Facebook or Twitter or blogging for three particular reasons -


- They keep me in touch with people I like but never get to see that often, if ever.


- They keep me in touch with people I often see, but usually don't as I travel for work all the time.


- They keep me in touch with people I like and used to see all the time, but now won't any more, for one reason or another.


With the recent redundancies at Sun or with people moving on to other jobs, the latter reason has become more poignant.

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