You Can Discover Culture on Social Media and Social Networking Sites These Days!

July 18, 2009 by
Filed under: Culture and Diversity 

With the big buzz in the recent years about social media and social net­work­ing, it’s kind of hard to avoid the terms, Twit­ter, Face­book, MySpace and the like. It seems when you turn on the news in the morn­ing or lis­ten to the radio on the way to and from work, you’ll always here some­one use the phrase, “and the big thing on Twit­ter this morn­ing seems to be…” or some­thing sim­i­lar to that. (You can almost insert many other social media and social net­work­ing sites in place on Twit­ter.) What’s the dif­fer­ence between Social Media and Social Net­work­ing? Check out the arti­cle “Social Media vs. Social Net­work­ing: What’s the dif­fer­ence?” by Mark Stelzner. He does a pretty con­cise job in attempt­ing to explain this as briefly as he can.

Yes, I would con­sider myself to be a lit­tle tech savvy when it comes to the inter­net. I have a blog (here), belong to a few dif­fer­ent online groups (Green­light Com­mu­nity and MyLink­ing­Pow­er­Fo­rum), and even have accounts set up at Face­book, Twit­ter, and Friend­Feed. But at the same time I have to con­sider myself a new­bie when it comes to com­pletely under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ent types of cul­tures and back­grounds that exist in our world. The inter­net has opened a large wide door to under­stand­ing these cultures.

I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to have made a few online friends with many dif­fer­ent back­grounds and expe­ri­ences. Most are from the U.S. but many are from South Amer­ica, South Africa, Asia and Europe. Even though I’ve trav­eled to many places, there are some that I still have yet to see and experience.

Do you find your­self won­der­ing what it would be like to travel to some of these far off locations?

To learn about the peo­ple, their beliefs, their views of the world around them and the var­i­ous polit­i­cal ideas that they sub­scribe to? I do. With­out real­iz­ing it, by con­nect­ing with peo­ple on social net­work­ing and social media sites, I’ve gained direct access to many of the same peo­ple who I would nor­mally be meet­ing in my trav­els. Yes, not every­one is con­nected to the inter­net that is true so I wouldn’t be able to chat with some­one online in let’s say a remote native vil­lage in cen­tral Africa or in the moun­tains of Chile…although you never know where satel­lite tech­nol­ogy will come in.

It’s been a priv­i­lege to have had many con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple from South Africa, from Iran, from Europe and South Amer­ica. Learn­ing about what they are think­ing, learn­ing what their con­cerns are, what ques­tions they have about me and my area of the world. Even some­thing that may seem mun­dane such as “how is the weather there today?” sheds a light about them and what they value in life. Many peo­ple like to share what they are hav­ing for din­ner or for break­fast. Some share where they are going today or where they’ve been. Who they’re hang­ing out with and what they are doing. When was the last time they saw their [enter fam­ily mem­ber or sig­nif­i­cant other here] and how they are look­ing for­ward to see­ing them again.

You can learn a lot about peo­ple and the cul­ture they are a part of by read­ing their var­i­ous tweets on Twit­ter or their com­ments within a blog or social net­work­ing site such as Face­book. The funny thing is that I found it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence whether the per­son is from another coun­try or sim­ply in the next town or state. The inter­net and the World Wide Web have enabled all of us to con­tinue to learn and grow. Mostly, in my hum­ble opin­ion, about each other and the peo­ple we live with in this world. Is there some­thing pos­i­tive you’ve learned about another per­son, group or cul­ture by either talk­ing with them or read­ing their mes­sages on social net­work­ing / social media sites? Is there some­thing you’ve learned about your­self at the same time process?

My wish with this arti­cle is to help you be aware of the many enrich­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties you have to learn about oth­ers and their beliefs and in turn help oth­ers learn more about you and yours!

Warm Regards to All!

Gil

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4 Intelligent Opinions, Leave Yours on You Can Discover Culture on Social Media and Social Networking Sites These Days!

  1. Joan Parker on Fri, 24th Jul 2009 8:16 am
  2. Thanks for post­ing about this, I would like to read more about this topic.

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  3. farah on Sat, 1st Aug 2009 10:24 pm
  4. well ur so right, twit­ter has made a dif­fer­ence in my opin­ion i found face­book some­how irri­tat­ing but twit­ter is being more infor­ma­tive and more cul­tural and event ori­ented, it is nice to know but so hard to fol­low every­thing but still inter­est­ing to keep up what is hap­pen­ing around the world.

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  5. Gil Pizano on Sat, 8th Aug 2009 10:35 pm
  6. Thanks Farah for your comments!

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  7. Augusto45 on Thu, 31st Dec 2009 9:40 pm
  8. Thank you for the arti­cle. I did not under­stand some things before but your post helped!

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