Is Twitter Destroying Society?

I read a comment today to a post about Twitter in which someone said they believed Twitter and sites like it are destroying society. I thought this was a pretty harsh statement although I can perfectly agree with some of the downsides to Twitter.

My argument is that I don’t think Twitter or other social networking sites are causing the problem. If there is in fact, any destruction of our society, it is happening within the society and not because of a social media platform. This platform of social media could make the problem more “in your face” than it might otherwise be but it’s not originating the issues.

While there will always be some who agree with sites like Twitter and others who are greatly opposed, I believe the real lesson to learn here is that we don’t use social media as a scapegoat for the problems that exist in our society.

By blaming it on Twitter, we’re not taking responsibility for what our generation has become. We are blaming a networking website that 100% relies on the people who use it to stay afloat. It is those members who make it what it is. Without the people, there would be no Twitter.

Therefore, to blame the problems of society on a social networking site instead of on the social aspect- the people who use it- seems naïve, biased and faulty. I won’t disagree that sites like Twitter could in some cases be encouraging poor societal behavior that already exists but I don’t cast the blame on a website. This behavior would already be there with or without Twitter.

Network Marketing Helps Lawyer Find His Piece Of Cheese In The Rat Race

The concept and ills related to the rat race have been with us for a long time. In modern society the rat race has come to symbolize an aimless, fruitless, unfulfilling existence. People working long hours and commuting long distances for relatively little compensation. Working for or with other people only because the meager pay cheque requires them to.

As a self-employed lawyer I have witnessed a huge drop in respect for professionals in the eyes of the public. Most would agree there is far less respect in all areas of life. This has resulted in tremendous stresses for individuals, families and society as a whole. People have become far less respectful of other people. It is little wonder that in our modern society there has been an avalanche of self-help books and a tidal wave of new religions to lead us all to the Promised Land, but, usually only leading us to another dead end in the rat race maze.

So, when I was introduced to Network Marketing I was very skeptical. I thought this was just another cure all that would get me nowhere. Besides, was not Network Marketing just a sophisticated pyramid scheme?

It is an occupational hazard of being a lawyer that I was skeptical and it never hurts to be skeptical. However, I was also subconsciously aware what someone once said about experts (this applies with great force to legal experts). That is, an expert is someone who tells you what you cannot do. My skepticism combined with what I knew to be true about experts forced me to research Network Marketing.

Networking Marketing is not a cure all for society’s ills and I am not even sure its proponents profess it to be one. Furthermore, Network Marketing is not necessarily a golden path to riches. Like everything else a lot of time and effort would have to be dedicated in order to be successful. However, I discovered that, if properly structured, Network Marketing, far from being an illegal pyramid scheme is really a throwback to more traditional and humane ways of doing business combined with all of the modern technological tools at our disposal.

My research is not over but I do see great potential. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. I think you too will discover what I have discovered. Network Marketing has made me realize that not only can I get my share of the cheese, but I can remain a human being and not a rat.

Copyright 2009 Sam Campese

Global Information Network and Their Affiliate Program

The allure of private elite societies has been seductive long before you and I were here. What is better than joining an elite private club? Joining one that not only offers knowledge and secrets, but offers you the opportunity to make money through your membership. This brings us into taking a deeper look at The Global Information Network (GIN) and how you can make money with The Global Information Network. But first, what is The Global Information Network? Who is behind The Global Information Network? How much does it cost to join GIN? Can you really make money with GIN?

What is The Global Information Network?

The Global Information Network is dubbed as a “secret society” for the rest of us. Or in other words, a private exclusive club keen on achieving great health, knowledge, and wealth. You join a global network of members who are supposedly bent on sharing ideas and knowledge along with advice of the secrets of life. Members include top leaders in the private sectors, finance and banking, and from the political sectors, to name just a few. There are different levels of membership, all of which gain you more access to more coveted information like that of the Law of Attraction.

Who is Behind The Global Information Network?

Kevin Trudeau. Some of you may know exactly who I am talking about, and may have formulated opinions of him already. Kevin Trudeau is an ex-Brotherhood member, a billionaire, infomercial king, and best-selling author. His most notable books are Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, More Natural “Cures” Revealed, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, Debt Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. Being a former secret society member of the Brotherhood, he claims to be revealing all the elite secrets about life: great health and wealth.

Joining The Global Information Network

To join GIN at Level 1, there is a $1,000 initiation fee, and $150 in monthly dues. You must be referred to GIN by an affiliate or member in GIN. The other levels of GIN are “classified” but it appears to cost more and more at each level and you must meet certain goals and criteria before you may upgrade your membership.

The Global Information Network’s Affiliate Program

For every member you refer to The Global Information Network, you make $200. You also make $200 for every member they enroll, as long as you are continually enrolling at least one member a month yourself. You can refer people worldwide, regardless of the country they live in. However The Global Information Network appears to operate in only one language – English, so anyone you refer would have to read and speak English it seems like. If you only bring in one person a month, and you are a part of their membership program, you would only net $50/month (after the $150 monthly dues) – so figure out how many people you would need to bring on board, to meet your personal financial goals. Don’t count on making $200 from the sales of the people you refer, as they may not choose to participate in the affiliate program, or they may not be successful with the affiliate program should they choose to market The Global Information Network.

Can You Make Money with The Global Information Network?

If your goal is that of seeking knowledge from a global group of successful people, you may learn tips, strategies, and techniques to making money on your own. You also have the fall back option of utilizing their affiliate program to make a couple hundred bucks for referring people, and the members your people bring on. This is by no means a get rich quick program, and you have to budget in $150 a month, but if you can learn to utilize online and attraction marketing, you should be able to make money quickly with this or any program. The key again though is to master marketing on the Internet.

20 Business Social Networking Sites

Several people are active users of the sites such as Twitter and Facebook to promote and endorse their businesses. For those people who are looking to connect with more business-related contacts, they can turn to sites like LinkedIn to build up relationship with some people they have worked with or may want to work with. This activity is what they referred to as business social networking.

With the increasing applications of business social networking by business professionals, there is also increasing number of business social networking sites for different users and meeting their needs and desires. These are the business social networking sites for entrepreneurs, business experts and professionals that are important to look.

1. biznik – This is the community for entrepreneurs and small businesses enthusiastic in helping each other to succeed.

2. cympitch – This is a business social networking website for United Kingdom entrepreneurs for them to find quotes, advices and more.
3. cofoundr – This is an online society for entrepreneurs, designers, investors, and other folks involved in starting new business enterprises.
4. efactor – This is an online community and virtual marketplace intended for entrepreneurs.
5. ecademy – This business social networking site is for producing contact and also sharing information and knowledge.
6. e.connect.entrepreneur – This is an online society where business professionals and business experts can network, communicate and work in partnership with others.
7. fastpitchnetworking – This is a business network where in experts and professionals can promote and endorse their businesses and build connections.
8. focus – This is an online community where it focuses on helping business experts, business professionals, and IT professionals in making decisions.
9. jasezone – This is a professional community where in you can easily discover prospective clients and business partners.
10. LinkedIn – This is a professional network that permits people to be introduced to and work together with other professionals.
11. networkingofrprofessionals – This is a business network that merge online business networking and real-life events.
12. partnerup – This is an online community where in small business owners and entrepreneurs are connected.
13. perfectbusiness – This is a network of entrepreneurs, investors, business experts, and professionals that promotes entrepreneurship and joint success.
14. plaxo – This is an improved address book tool in networking and staying in contact.

15. ryze – This is an online business networking community that permits users to organize themselves by interests, locations, and current and past employers.
16. startupnation – This is an online society that focuses on the exchanging of ideas between entrepreneurs and business owners.
17. upspring – This is a social networking site mainly for promotions and social networking.
18. xing – This is a business network in Europe with basically more than 7 million members.
19. youngentrepreneur – This is a forum-based site generally for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are obsessive in promoting and endorsing their businesses.
20. ziggs – This is s professional link portal founded because of the principles of professionalism and respect.

What the Future Holds for Social Networking

Social networking is visiting – in its broadest and most expansive sense. Since we take from it what we need, so it is a convertible concept, and means different things to different people. Social networking will evolve to some extent, but it will remain with us in the future with the same basic character. Why? For the same reasons it became popular in the first place:

• A fun and fast way to talk to others, to compare and contrast ideas, thoughts, and opinions.

• An easy, inexpensive way to generate income from home

• A means of social change. The social consciousness of the sixties is repeating itself, in an effective and responsible way.

• A family connection; Socially networking draws families together and allows them to remain close.

Complaints

It’s all good, but still, it seems that many have a nit to pick. Some feel that privacy considerations will limit the effect of social sites in the future. Look around you, folks-who has privacy? At least, no one is forced to go on a Social networking site; it’s voluntary.

Some complain that there is little interaction with the outside internet and that users on one site cannot interact with users on another site. The specific complaint is that “By restricting your ability to interact with outside sites, they also restrict your ability to choose another site and still maintain your relationships and ability to contact your friends.” In actuality, there is no reason why a user on one site cannot add his friends to another site.

Facebook vs. Google and Others

Contrary to the opinion of some, social networking did not begin with Geocities. Geocities was great, but it is not an early example of what we have come to know. Social sites began with Facebook.

Here we have an innocent creation by some ingenious college kids who were overwhelmed when their idea developed a life of its own, and were smart enough not to interfere to much, just to let their fledgling website take wing, and not to interfere too much. Its growth was natural and unself-conscious. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg will enter the annals of history-and why not?

Although the future of social networking in its entirety may be somewhat unpredictable, are some facets that will remain stable, and Facebook is one of them. Facebook is neither an exclusive club nor a respecter of person. It bridges cultural, generational and economic worlds, and remains equally available to everyone. People all over the globe communicate on Facebook.

Facebook is where cooks find recipes, ministers find help with their sermons, teachers share lesson plans, teenagers get together to study, senior citizens experience a window on the world, and endure much less loneliness than those of their generation have in the past. Everyone feels welcome and finds their own niche.

Facebook will continue to be the biggest and most widespread social networking site; it will lead us into the future -and well it should.

Will others rival it? We’ll see, but it’s doubtful. Some sites, such as Google, are large enough and powerful enough to develop their own social outlets. Google is great, and it will develop a flavor and character all its own; however, there is only one Facebook, and in general, well-meaning copyists will pale in comparison.

A Boon to Society

In the future, social networking will help solve many of society’s problems. As the author pointed out in a recent ezine article, social networking helps can create “first responders…” and enable us all to be “part of the solution…” when a natural disaster occurs. FEMA is not complaining. The author reminds us that “…..after a natural disaster, we are all in this together, and therefore we all need to work together and leverage all of our tools….and our network of friends.”

Evolutionary Connections

Yes, social media is a great phenomenon, some media pundits suggest that it will go the way of the dot com., but that will not happen. Social media will outlive the usual fads. Social media networking sites focus on the interests of individuals in society as a whole, not just the economic priorities of a specific group. The future of social networking is a controversial and thought-provoking subject, and debate is good for us all, but in the end, it is here to stay. It is, and will be part of the fabric of our lives.

Social networking is the trend of the future, but it is also the church social, the barn dance, the USO, and the club scene of the past. This interconnection with history and tradition will ensure that social sites will be here for eons to come.