Posts Tagged ‘friendfeed’

Despite all the options, when communication breaks downs

July 22, 2009

I consider myself to be a pretty connected dude. Perhaps too connected. After all, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Plurk, FriendFeed, Linkahollicks, BriteKite, Hi5, LinkedIn etc-and those are the easy ones.  Then there is all Digg, Social Median, Xing, Delicious and other sharing sites that I am at least semi-active on.

For the most part, I do this for professional reasons. Although in someways its overkill, in other ways, its part of my job to understand what these sites do, how people use them–and more importantly if there is a way to use them to grow the sites I am responsible for.

Yet somehow, in all of this–I can easily forget to simply communicate with the people around me who I care for.  Case in point, my “lunch” today. Lunch is in quotes because there was not a lot of  eating going on.

Someone was surprised that I had a MySpace account, and I realized that I had told her that I was thinking about setting one up–but did not tell her I would.

Its an odd kind of thing–because this is someon I text with all the time, see regularly, and chat with via email, IM and on Facebook….yet, until just now I had not friended her up on MySpace.

Now yes, she could have friended me–but regardless–while I over communicate in so many ways when it comes down to the ability to actually talk with someone, I have a great ability to under-communicate.

So does all of this two way BS make it tougher to actually talk to someone?

Recently someone asked me how Twitter was different than Facebook status–and my answer was that Twitter was a two way conversation while Facebook status is a broadcast.

But sometimes I guess its important to broadcast what you are doing–because in doubt lies worry and in worry lies the seeds of concern…and in reality, we all have too much to worry about and be concerned about, that something simple should not be on the list.

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Old School Social Media

May 5, 2009

So anyone who follows me on Twitter or Plurk, or has friended me on Friend Feed,  Facebook or My Space, or is a member of my fledgling Twitter Twibe knows my daily battle to make my train in the morning is an adventure.  And normally its kind of fun.

This morning, on a kind of rainy, foggy morning I was reminded of some old-school kind of social media driving to the train station–and despite all of those means of being connected listed above I think some very specific messages were sent an received.

So the morning routine in my house includes my taking the older one to the school bus-which is scheduled to arrive at our bus stop at 8:02.  From there I have 29 minutes to make what should be a 20 minute drive to the train station, park and get on the train.  Add in some normal traffic, and it gets close–usually around 27 minutes to parking and two minutes to make the train-its close but it works.

This morning the bus didn’t show until 8:11, so I am down to 20 minutes.  Yeah, a little aggressive driving, bending a few traffic laws and I can make it.  

Then came my encounter with someone else having (I can only suppose) an equally crappy behind schedule morning.  I slid in front of him–would not call it cutting him off and he go all bent out of shape.  Horn blaring, high-beams flashing he’s weaving in and out of traffic with the goal of cutting me off.  Me, I am mostly amused by this display-seems a bit over the top for so early in the morning, so I laugh and wave.

Then came the battle of the middle fingers.  Standing F-U’s as he tried to swerve in front of me and pulled out and then lost control of his car and onto a media.  Now he is even more pissed and there is a lot of traffic now getting out of his way.  Me, I keep an eye on him and keep on pushing, because I have about 9 minutes to make it three exits on the LIE and another two miles to the train station.

Once he recovered from the median, I got one more long horn blast, a double F-U and I left him behind–not to be seen again.

And I thought about it.

Our messages were clearly received.  He was pissed and probably would not have minded pushing me off the road and onto the median.  I was amused and somewhat bewildered by what was going on.

Simple gestures–horn blaring, lights flashing, fingers points.

So who needs all these computers, iPhones, G-Phones, lap tops, power books–just let me give you a simple middle finger salute–and message sent.

I guess its a matter of who the audience is that determines if its received.

#Superbowl and the $%&*(@^% Feeling

February 2, 2009

OK, so one of the cooler aspects of Twitter, and something many of the other sites and services (I am thinking Friend Feed, Plurk etc), is the ability to group updates with the “#” and then view them as a running commentary.

But this is also one of the biggest distractions of the service too.

Case in point-last night’s Superbowl.  Now I was not what you would call glued to the game. In fact, the game was on, and I was helping a neighbor move some boxes and furniture around in his new home.  From time to time I would check in on the Twitter world – since there I would get the prime plays, the great commercials and generally an update on the game.

Oh yeah, and a lot of “Steelers rule,” and the helpful “Go Cardinals,” and the equally useful “that call sucked.”

Before anyone jumps up on me, I get it-Twitter is an open platform and all of the users have equal ability to use it in the way they see fit.

But there has to be a way to make it more useful to the reader, without compromising the content creator.

There was some great stuff in the stream.  Comments about the games, the plays the commercials.  Thoughts from the people really into it, thoughts from those being social about it and thoughts from the fans.

Too much of though was buried by just chatter–the stuff the mutes a community and does not make it grow.

Yeah, $2M for 30 seconds of Superbowl air time and the cost of my $.02 simply priceless.


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