I Don’t Get Social Networking Sites May 16, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in computers, life.
I like not to think of myself as too old. You know. I still get it. I’m sure Julia, my daughter, will totally disagree with that in a few years.
But I just don’t get sites like MySpace and Facebook. I like the idea — I have friends all over the world now. Getting updates on what they are doing, where they go for vacation, etc. – all of that would be great. Heck – you know those little status messages people put into IM applications (like “Warm here in Marseille!” or similar) – I love those. Definitely makes me feel more connected.
But I can’t imagine using these things everyday – logging in, maintaining my profile. I already do enough of that with this blog. With Julia, and life here in France, and (especially) work, I never feel like I have enough extra time. The thought of having to maintain my personality on a bunch of web sites – basically duplicating information – is a pain. And having to log into each web site, each one having a different interface. Not for me, I’m afraid. Especially since Julia has arrived I’ve found my time is really at a premium.
This will become a worthwhile investment for me once everything can be aggregated on a local desktop application (yeah, I realize, old skol). I want something that I click on my desk top and then I can see what people since I last checked. Where I can write a few lines (i.e. micro-blog aka twitter), and it will be correctly distributed to all.
Heck – I’m already pissed off at comments in blogs. They are so local. It would be great to track comments. I make a blog posting. Someone riffs on that blog posting in a posting of their own, which generates further comments, which generates a further riff (Ok, that won’t happen with one of my posting) – but basically everything is part of a conversation. As far as I know there isn’t something like that out there.
Time that I might otherwise spend on a social website I tend to spend hacking or perhaps working on something “fun” – often the items are work-connected. Perhaps I am missing something because of that.
How about you out there? You use these social network sites? Is there one that pertains to physics?