Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Kids These Days

I like blogging (yesterday's social media), but like Garfield, I find aspects of the current generation of social media – namely, Facebook & Twitter – to be baffling.

I have a Facebook profile, for despite its many faults, it's a great way of keeping a persistent contact list updated by your contacts. They change their email addresses, etc. so you don't have to.

The problem with Facebook is that it infantilizes adults. No, I don't want to be a zombie, or a pirate, or learn what Smurf I am, or play fake Scrabble with you. I'm 31. I have a baby. It just ain't worth my time.

Twitter's another matter entirely. I created a Twitter account for this blog weeks ago, but never bothered to update it because, well, Twitter is pointless. Twitter is a micro-blogging platform that broadcasts your status to people who care. This is a gigantic waste of time & attention.

Steph apparently discovered Twittering this morning. Her initial reaction sums up my feelings almost exactly:

2 comments:

Ralph Haygood said...

Andy,

If you'd like something slightly more interesting on your Facebook profile, try Evarium, an animated simulation of evolution by sexual selection. To install it, visit http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=6277707227
or see the one on David's profile.

Evarium is currently in "private alpha", meaning I've only told a few friends about it. I plan to add some things to it and launch it more publicly later this month.

Ralph

Adam E said...

Probably my fault. Sorry. My brain farts gotta go somewhere. :)