An introvert. “Opposite of extrovert. A person who is energized by spending time alone. Often found in their homes, libraries, quiet parks that not many people know about, or other secluded places, introverts like to think and be alone.” (Urban Dictionary, 2014)
Introverts do not like large groups. They prefer small intimate groups, or one on one conversatiolaptop-on-couchns with a personlaptop-on-couch who can speak in depth about a topic. Large group gathering that involve idle chit chat will have an introvert running and screaming. Small group gathering with one on one conversation about a topic of interest? You’ll never get an introvert to shut up.
Online social networking is the epitome of a large group gathering to chit chat about a topic. This will have an Etrovert, an online introvert hanging around the sidelines, acting like a creeper, listening in on or reading other peoples’ conversations, but not engaging or participating.
Enter social network online groups, i.e. Facebook groups or Google+ communities. Social network groups are a great way for Etroverts to make social connections. They take the vast world of online social networking and break it down into small manageable chunks, and for an Etrovert, these groups are a great way to enter online social networking.
Online groups are smaller, interest targeted, and easier entry points for making personal connections. Etroverts can find a group about an interest topic, follow the conversation with people of similar interest, then connect with group individuals on a one-one basis.
Most egroups have guidelines which ask or expect participants to engage and contribute to conversations. This stipulation is a perfect to force Etroverts out of their comfort zone and into the world of social networking without great risk. Groups are small and also have rules about respectful participant conduct.
So, as a self-professed Etrovert, my goal is to join and participate in at least three topic targeted groups over the next year. I’m not sure where this will lead, but I imagine to more connections that will over time make me realize that I’m social networking despite Etroverted self!