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You’re Not Imagining It: Everyone Is Using Social Media

Josh Farkas

This post is by Josh Farkas, who wrote for the site in 2010. - Evan
Josh Farkas

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It’s become apparent that every service on the web wants us to be better friends.  Why else would so many be pushing the social networking thing?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to share my favorite everything with every person I’ve ever met (and in many cases with millions whom I have not met).  Well, if I want to distance myself from all things social, then it seems that I may be an outlier in the U.S.

Back in June, Experian Simmons produced a report detailing trends in social networking.  Its finds were pretty amazing.  Steve Rubel summarized the data and provided some analysis on his blog.  It’s an interesting read and explains why I feel like everyone from my mailman to my middle school principal wants to friend me.  According to the report, most people use social services, and use them quite often.

For the record, I do not want to be poked by anyone.