Can you run your life using Facebook and Twitter?

22 Jul 2011


Social networking is a versatile beast and you can use it to do pretty much everything. There are creative sods that blag great jobs with some wizardry on LinkedIn, fantastic jokes told inside 140 characters on Twitter and relationships that have been started on Facebook.

Is there a limit to how much you can do on Facebook?

But I reckon the prize for most creative use of social media so far goes to Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela (but you knew that, didn’t you?).

President Chávez has been running the country using Twitter while he gets treatment for cancer in a Cuban hospital. He’s used the micro-blogging website to approve funding for a Caracas rubbish collection scheme and given the thumbs up to plans for a new park.

Which got me thinking… if Hugo can run a country using Twitter; surely we mere civilians could run our entire lives using only social networking websites.

Friends and family
Managing your social life on social networking sites should be the easy bit – most of us do it already. The new hangouts feature on Google+ is ideal for holding an online meet-up, while you can scan through the following lists of your friends on Twitter if you want to ‘meet new people’. Your profile pictures could become quite stale without physically seeing your friends though, and granny and granddad may not be online. Social networking success rating: 8/10

If you’re in the position to delegate, like Hugo Chávez is, then it is probably possible to run a business through social networking alone. You’d have to keep all your instructions brief to do it on Twitter, but using Facebook chat to get orders across would be fine. You can use LinkedIn to try and source new business, but they might find it frustrating that you refuse to meet in person. 6/10

Food and drink
Online grocery shopping has been around for a while, but ordering through social networking could be a little tricky. Perhaps your best bet would be to tweet about your hunger or thirst, in the hope that sympathetic family members come to your aid. 3/10

Spending all your time social networking might be good exercise for your eyes and leave you with dexterous fingers, but it’s probably not going to be good news for your waistline. Unless you join a Twitter fit club and tweet about your running adventures to friends, of course, which would bend the rules but keep you in shape. 4/10

Living in your social networking world may not always be paradise – so what do you do when you want to get away from it all? You could Photoshop yourself into famous destinations around the globe and make them your Facebook profile picture, or even make up check-ins to fool friends into thinking you’re at the Eiffel Tower. Just don’t expect to get a tan. 5/10

While it’d be difficult to raise a toddler on Twitter, perhaps social networking is the best way to talk to moody teenagers. Many fall outs on Facebook could lead to regular unfriending and making up with a new friend request once the rift is healed. This could work really well for some families with tech-savvy kids. 7/10

Do you think you could run your life using social networking websites? Comment below or tweet @DixonsinTheKnow