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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Friendster

Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is Friendster.

Friendster: Nope, we are not on Friendster for PiercingMetal.com and while a personal profile page is there I might delete it one of these days soon since I get nothing but spam add requests or proposals of marriage from foreign countries.  I had no idea that I was so popular outside of New York City 🙂  – Add to this the endless advertisements for herbal viagra and it becomes something that really pisses me off.   Another downside of this once popular Social Networking medium is the existence of plenty of those scam emails.  You know the ones that pretend to be someone but are really those travel or visa scam emails instead?  If not, look them up for good measure to protect yourself.

Friendster was actually the very first experience I had with Social Networking and it began rather cool for me.  Believe it or not, I met some interesting people and some of them are my friends in the real world to this very day.  That much is a good thing so I thank Friendster for that taking place.  The medium itself is still widely used in Asia and according to its Wikipedia entry that is where the core of its membership comes from.  When I realized that I could perhaps expand my at the time new writing interests, I began posting review links on Friendster, but realized that was a waste of valuable time to do as opposed to writing additional articles.   It didn’t seem prudent to create a PiercingMetal.com page on the medium because after about a year a new social networking brand started to make a fuss and gain popularity.  It’s name was MySpace.com

Official Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendster

UPDATE 7/1/2011: Today I received an email regarding Friendsters new premise and design. Apparently they moved away from the conventional Social Networking site that they were and are hoping to succeed at being a Social Gaming platform. This was the first that I had ever heard about it and I think that they should have warned users so they could have made sure to find their existing friends profiles on other mediums before the dramatic shift. As mentioned once I had a personal profile on Friendster but it was not maintained and pretty much told everyone I was on MySpace (at the time) and now on Facebook. It’s doubtful that I will keep this profile much longer as its unnecessary for me to do so.

PiercingMetal & Social Networking: How We Use Them

Logo - Social Networking

“Social Networking”

The term itself boils down to the ability to network oneself in a social manner, but the interesting thing about it in today’s society is that a lot of people are networking themselves via websites from behind the “safety” of their computer screens as opposed to interacting in person.  Over the last few years there have been quite a few social networking websites popping up and while some of them offer a person a lot of cool things there are those that are a complete waste of time.  As a website/online magazine, PiercingMetal.com has made sure that its presence is on several of the more notable ones in order to have those other account holders be better aware of what we are doing over on the main web page.  I will discuss all of the ones we are on individually as this now serialized blog posting comes to fruition.  This was originally one lengthy post with a number of mediums discussed, but the dramatic changes in many of the brands in the narrative forced my hand to edit it and present it to you in a different fashion.

In addition to the social networking sites where you can find an account that speaks about PiercingMetal.com in some sense, there are also ones where the Editor himself (aka Me) has a few profiles on.  By making myself known in this part of cyberspace I am able to upgrade my own personal networking goals.  As lined out in the previous paragraph, I will also discuss some of these sites and present my own views about which are good or bad or I have indifference to.  However, before you begin reading too deeply into this little musing, let me inform you about this item being no means of a gauge of one brand versus the other but instead a place where I can map out the existing other places online where we keep some manner of PiercingMetal.com presence.   I will of course give you my own personal opinion and let you know if I think that it worked for me or didn’t when looked at as a means to help expand what I am doing as a writer.  I am sure that many of you will agree with me about some of them, and disagree with me about the others.  Comments will always be welcome as each narrative topic goes live, but we do ask that you stick to the brand name being discussed and don’t go off on some wild tangent.

That being said, its time for me to close out on this introduction piece and say “tune in next time, same Ken P. channel, somewhat same time for the next thrilling viewpoint”.   I hope it’s something the informs you about your choices in this stuff.