Millions jump on social networking bandwagon

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -  Do you "tweet"?  Do you know how to write on someone's wall?  If you do, you're one of millions around the world who have jumped on the social networking bandwagon.  But if you don't, KHNL/K5 takes us into this growing cyber world.

In a beautiful place like Hawaii, all you have to do is step outside to meet people.

"Hi, how you doing?" I asked a young lady walking down Kalakaua Avenue.  "Where are you from?"

"Toronto," she replied.

"Cool," I responded.

Most folks interact face to face.

But if you're under 30 or a tech geek like myself, you talk to your friends in a different way.  Welcome to the world of online social networking.

Sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter have revolutionized how people stay connected.

So how does it work?  These sites combine the best of e-mail, texting, photos and videos into one convenient location.  You can find out what your friends are up to, see their pictures and check out stuff they like.

And because of wireless technology, you don't have to be tied down to your desk. Come on.

You can Facebook at the park, on the beach, and even while you're eating lunch.

And it's not just for young people.  Even my friends' parents are on Facebook.

The goal of these sites is to help you stay connected with friends and family. So, you can create events and invite people to come.

Like tonight, I have Gonzo's birthday dinner to go to at Ichiriki and that's the beauty of these sites, using the web to connect with real people in real time.  I got to go in.  They're waiting for me but I'll see you online.

Facebook reached 200 million members this week and Twitter just surpassed 14 million users, growing 76 percent just in one month.

KHNL/K5 and I are on Twitter and Facebook, so feel free to add us.  In fact, I have a growing Facebook page, thanks to my "agent" Andrew Lee.

You can find links on this page.