Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Short Story 2 - Networking or Not Working?

This is a sneak peek into another short story in my upcoming book Counting Down the Days. Last time, we looked at The Right to Remain Silent.

As earlier explained, all the short stories in this book focus on the human condition - our attitudes and responses to the things that happen in our daily lives.


Networking or Not working?
In this story, we examine the effects of spending hours online browsing and participating in social network activity. This includes, but is not limited to Facebook, Twitter, hi5, YouTube and others.
Whereas the social networks are pivotal in online marketing and brand development, they can, and often do get in the way of productivity for those who spend too much time there interacting with their friends..

Since breaking up with her boyfriend, Mercy has recently found a solution to her loneliness. She has numerous friends on Facebook, loves following cool 'tweeps' and engaging in popular trending topics on Twitter as well as sharing videos on YouTube. All this keeps her fully occupied in the office.

She no longer worries about friends in the real world, she actually has no more time for conventional relationships. She wonders why she even restricted herself to one person for a close relationship, now that the Internet offers countless people to chat with.

The super-fast Internet connection in her office has actually changed her attitude towards working on Saturdays, she gets in the office early and leaves late every working day. Thanks to a fibre-optic powered broadband connection, she spends more time "networking", not working.
Unknown to her, the IT department and her boss have been closely monitoring her online activity...

My Current Reads
I'm still reading Chika Onyeani's Capitalist Nigger and should be through with it later this week.

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition IrrelevantIn addition, I keep going back to read a chapter or two of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne.

This book has invaluable insights especially for those who seek to venture into new business such as publishing online in new eBook formats, in good time before every person else rushes in to make a buck in this business.

Go ahead and grab your own copy of Blue Ocean Strategy. You can also get an audio version here. You'll learn how you can create uncontested market space and thereby make the competition irrelevant.