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Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Power of Networking

I have been thinking of this topic for weeks but I wanted to put some concrete evidence so I waited for a while while I spend my previous day without having a post but having some adjustments to the looks of my blog. This is another story to tell though.

What is a network? There are actually many ways how you can out the word 'network' up. According to the free online dictionary, the following can be a definition of the word:
  1. a.A system of lines or channels that cross or interconnect: a network of railroads.
  2. b. A complex, interconnected group or system: an espionage network.
  3. c. An extended group of people with similar interests or concerns who interact and remain in informal contact for mutual assistance or support
  4. d. A chain of radio or television broadcasting stations linked by wire or microwave relay.
  5. e. A company that produces the programs for these stations.
  6. f. A group or system of electric components and connecting circuitry designed to function in a specific manner.
  7. g. Computer Science A system of computers interconnected by telephone wires or other means in order to share information. Also called net.
From the word network, we derive the word we called, networking. The root word however, is still network and we can simply understand what networking means just looking at the definition of the word network. What is the important keyword in the word is the interconnectedness that it exhibits. This means networking is a powerful tool. From the definitions number 1 to number seven above, a network is more than one. Whatever element it interconnects, a network is always in group or a collection of something. This is where the power comes from.

I am talking of the networking as a powerful tool in any case. Online, without networking, the net is useless. Without networking, we bloggers would never survive. What is the purpose of publishing things online if what you published would not be visible to anyone else? What is the use of paying a hosting service and a domain to your site or blog if it is out of network? Or, in the first place, how can you even have a blog or site without a network? This is the online factor but I am talking about real life as well. In fact, a network, in any sense is really useful. And as I put it, it is actually powerful.

First, our friends are our own set of networks. Both offline and online, we can see the advantages of this. Second, why do we ask exchanging links and things such as backlinks? This is another way of networking. Networking has a lot of use. In fact others tend to abuse it such as using the scheme to fool people out of their pockets. Ever heard of multi level marketing? Networking is a tool they use to manage and deceive fellow individuals in this kind of system actually.

Back to real life, making friends is very important. I came to be here in the place where I knew a single person when I started. By now, I have met people, both countrymen and not, and that is why the word network came up my mind. Honestly, I am glad this word and this fact called network and networking exist! It is called social networking or in colloquial term, making friends and connections.

Ever heard of the saying, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"? Basically this is it, networking again. In fact I have observed that Filipinos (where I belong) really make a good network process. It was stated that "Filipinos arrive in largest numbers"
(Bagchi, 2001, p. 63) in working abroad and networking is essential to their lives. I get to strongly agree with this because here, in a foreign English speaking church where I attend the mass, I get to see a lot of Filipinos. They tend to sit together in one bench (or whatever the term for that place you sit in the church) and are friendly to each other.

Moreover, after each mass, I find them chatting to each other or in groups and circles both in and out of the church talking about their lives and making friends. Isn't that great? With a lot of exposure to the world of networking, I really, again, find it indeed useful and helpful. Network with me then Buddies. Let's Be friends!


References

Bagchi, A. D. (2001). Making Connections: A Study of Networking among Immigrant Professionals. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing. Retrieved August 14, 2008, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=111542408

network. (n.d.) Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition. (2004, 2006). Retrieved August 14 2008 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/network

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