Human from the beginning was created not to be alone. The bible says “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” ( Genesis 2:18 ).
Beside that, there was an old saying says “homo homini socius” that means human is social beings for the others. And it is still going until now. When we entered the digital era. When humans have tendency and prefer to operate their own digital things all alone by themselves with no one disturb than to socialize and gather with the others.
Communicating, socializing and gathering with the others now can be replaced with sophisticated digital social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and so on. If we like to promote ourselves or we like to blogging, we have WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Pinterest and so on. Via these mediums too, we can get friends as many as we like.
These mediums sometimes can also be an arena to show off in getting friends or followers as much as possible. In this case, this relationship or friendship that happened surely not an honest or true relationship or friendship.
If our goal is to get friends as many as we can, we may don’t care about the person who wants to be our friends. Whether we know or we don’t know about that person. So, I don’t wonder if Facebook made a rule if someone sends too much friendship requests, he / she can get suspended or blocked by Facebook. Like I ever heard from my friends that they get suspended or blocked by Facebook, because of sending too much requests.
Not like in Twitter where we can follow the others without getting approval first by the one who will be followed by us. This is the same with WordPress. In Wordpress case, it’s reasonable because the main goal of blogging is to promote ourselves. Except we mark our blog as private.
These mediums have different term in the relationship. Facebook names it as friend. Twitter names it as follower. Likewise WordPress, Pinterest and Tumblr.
The relationship in Facebook is reciprocity. It means if a person sends me a friendship request and I approve it, so this person becomes to be my friend. And vice versa, automatically I become to be that person’s friend.
The relationship in Twitter is one direction. It means if a person follows me, that person becomes to be my follower. But I still don’t follow that person and I’m not the follower of that person until I click the follow button of that person.
These mediums are so powerful until we can get many supports from our followers or friends to drive a social movement or even to make a revolution like that happened in Egypt.