As social media termites, we’ve progressed through the phases of consuming content, creating content, expanding our personal and professional networks and building communities. To aid us through this process, online and offline tools have been created to document our individual webs and how they relate to others.
We’re creatures of excess and it shows. Our networks are becoming broad and disjointed and, with each new peripheral addition, less personal and professional. It has become a race for quantity at the expense of quality and the over-saturation has resulted in a bland and de-valued product — our networks.
I submit that the latest craze will be making meaningful connections with real people, and streamlining the quality and quantity of people we claim to know. It’s time to realize the value of our networks by including only those with whom we are truly connected and where opportunities have materialized or are being seriously explored.