This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

SXSW: Society Needs to Become Less 'Social'

This process did happen in reverse, which was nice, but numerous times, I noticed that somebody in the same room as me followed me on Twitter and/or sent me a connection request on LinkedIn (LNKD - Get Report), but did not make any attempt that I know of to interact socially. In several cases, I know this as fact because I literally saw the other person in the room. And I'm not too hard to find. Short guy. Long hair. Rough shave. Just like my picture online.

In this situation, I really wanted to go up to the person who decided to "connect" with me virtually and say hello, but I wasn't sure of the etiquette. Is the social media request to "connect" with somebody you're in the same room with a blow off? Is it a way of saying this is about as close as I want to get to you?

I hate to read it that way, but wouldn't it make sense to introduce yourself and socially interact in person and then conduct the requisite social media formalities?

Seems to me that you build online social networks as a way of expanding your world. You can't possibly meet everybody in person so LinkedIn, Facebook (FB - Get Report), Twitter and other platforms facilitate the process virtually. But isn't the goal -- or at least the low-level desire -- to meet these people you connect with in person at some point, if practically possible? And shouldn't we prefer live, free-flowing social interaction to both networking and "friending" somebody you could easily spit at from across the room?

-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Austin, Texas.

Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.
2 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
FB $80.54 0.07%
LNKD $196.23 -0.41%
AAPL $132.54 0.88%
GOOG $540.11 -0.44%
TSLA $247.73 0.86%

Markets

DOW 18,232.02 -53.72 -0.29%
S&P 500 2,126.06 -4.76 -0.22%
NASDAQ 5,089.3620 -1.4320 -0.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs