When you update your status on a social network like MSN or Facebook, you are refreshing your virtual space by giving your latest news.
Nowadays, you don’t tell your friends your news: in netspeak, you let them know your status. An active Facebook member really needs to update his or her status on a daily basis, or their friends will become frustrated. So you end up reading things like “I’m in a rush” — which makes you wonder where they found the time to update their status. Or “I’m tired”, “I’ve just got back from holiday”, “I’m boarding the plane”, “I’m looking for a flatmate”. How did we manage to live before Facebook status now that it is relegating social status to the dustbin of history?
This is all getting a bit out of hand, as there’s now a fashion for synchronising your status on Facebook with your tweets on Twitter. In practice this means you receive the same message, with the same earth-shattering news, on your tweets and your Facebook page at the same time. We’re so close to saturation point with our friends’ news that we’ll end up treating it all like spam.