Do you have to be in every conversation?

Do you have to be in every conversation?

Summary: Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb has a good post about how the conversation is leaving blogs and going to Twitter, FriendFeed and other services. More importantly, she touches on a big question: How do you keep up?

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Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb has a good post about how the conversation is leaving blogs and going to Twitter, FriendFeed and other services. More importantly, she touches on a big question: How do you keep up?

Perez then dutifully notes all the various services of services you can subscribe to keep current: Twitter Friends, Replies, Topics, Facebook updates and various flavors of FriendFeeds.

After reading this missive I was just hit with more questions. Among them:

  • When do you have a conversation for real?
  • When do you play with your kids?
  • Is everyone so busy Twittering and tracking 140 character ramblings that you forget it's sunny outside?
  • If you boiled down the comments on all of these services how many are truly valuable?
  • What exactly are we striving to keep up with?
  • What's wrong with the sound of silence?
  • What's the threshold between "neat service" and "waste of my time?"
  • Would a better filter be to just decline the latest newfangled Web 2.0 service and be a lackadaisical follower?

Topics: Browser, Social Enterprise

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  • conversation questions

    With all these social network/communications apps, I do find myself forgetting that it's sunny outside. If someone invented a retractable dogleash with built-in text messaging client, my pug (and I) would get alot more exercise again!
    aynbrand@...
  • RE: Do you have to be in every conversation?

    Larry, you posted some great questions that we all need to truthfully answer for ourselves and as a technology addict I personally am cutting back on my Twitter, Jaiku, etc. posting. My wife just asked me the other day, "Do you always have to be on that thing (mobile phone of some sort)?" And you know what? I don't and I won't as much anymore.

    Life is just too short to spend it trying to follow a ton of online "friends" when there are real live family and friends around you, which was made even more clear to me with the passing of another ZDNet blogger.

    I think these services do have some value, but at this point in my life updating them once or twice a week is all I plan to do from now on. You will find me back outside with my kids and trying to find the sun here in Washington from now on so don't look too hard for me on Twitter or Jaiku.
    palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • "I have no time, I'm busy being social"

    I've made some cartoons about this in the past. Here are two of them:

    http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2008/01/i-have-no-time.html

    http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2007/12/that-was-2007-.html

    Bye,
    Oliver
    oliver.widder@...