With a little help from my friends and their friends as well

Lucy

That's what friends are for

I loved  reading the Peanuts comic strip. My favorite scenes were when Charlie Brown would come to ask Lucy a question and get her advice. We all have a friend like Lucy. The truth is that we have so many friends we rely on to give us simple advice from relationship questions, what clothing do they think I should get, or even what movie should I go and see.

Our friends are our world, our trusted advisors for times of joy and thankfully there for us at times of sorrow and stress. We have all turned to ask questions such as: ” What should I do about my aging mother? What should I do about my work situation? What do think I should tell my son/daughter about…. Friends are the best thing for us. And at time, even though we may not admit it out loud ( only around our friends) they are closer to u then our own families. Not to say that some of u are not best friends with our families.

If you grew up like me, in a culture where everyone, including people who were not your friends or relatives ( such as in My Big Fat Greek Wedding) loved to tell you what you should do. Well, today, March 26th, 2011 Facebook has finally made our lives much simpler or even more stressful since now we can not only ask our friends for answer, but we can get their friends friends answer as well.

As the saying goes, there are always two side to every coin. I for one am thrilled that now I have an application that can let me not only get the opinions of my closest friends but also have their closest friends, and their closest friends give me their opinion :lol:

I think facebook has again given us a wonderful application to use and eek out ” words of wisdom” from our most trusted supporters, our best friends. Let me know what you think and what are the typical questions you tend to ask for advice from you bet friends.

And by the way, if you would like to enable the application on your facebook  just click this link. You will see it as an option in your status bar.

Where are you now? Have you checked in?

How many of you remember the old days when you rolled into town , called to check in with your friends or relatives and say..” Hey, I just arrived in LA, I’m here for a few days and I would love to get together”. Well, social media applications have allowed us to make leaps and bounds with those types of announcements.

Forget about making one phone call! All you have to do these days is use your favorite application to “check in” at a location and “Shazam!” your entire connected social network of friends or business associates now know that you are at a specific location. Next thing you know, a few texts, messages or a tweets roll in  saying something like: “Hey, I didn’t know you’re in town. Do you have some time to get together?”

Thanks to the pioneer efforts of Foursquare, with a growing list of 7 million users, your connections can know where you are every time you check in.

Foursquare vs places

Do you see me know?

As they say, great ideas are always mimicked.  After a short time Facebook with its massive network of 500 million users jumped on the bandwagon with the “Places” application.

Geo-location use continues to rise. If you are in a concert or convention you may see who among your friends are at the same place you are at. One of the other great tools of these apps is the ability to read the recommendations left for the location by other people you may not know. Let’s say you check in at a new restaurant and you want to know what’s great on the menu. You may want to Check In with either application and see what people have recommended. Hey, you may even find that this is a popular hangout of your friends!  So, which app do you like using when arriving at a destination Foursquare Check-in, or Facebook Places? One thing is certain, we love hearing where we are and what we think about the places we travel to.

Study shows social network age groups are older

Social Network age group

Knowing your audience

In a recent survey of 19 social networks by Pingdom they have found that there is a shift in the average age of social network users. For example: The average social network user is 37. The average LinkedIn user is 44. The average Twitter user is 39. The average Facebook user is 38. The average MySpace user is 31 and The average Bebo user is 28. Still Facebook facts show that users ages 50-65 are the fastest growing user group.