I took a brief hiatus from social media and… wow, was it great. I still learned about all the things I expected to, heard about current and recent events. I didn’t have my fingers on the pulse so to speak in the realtime sense, but I still felt more or less aware of things going on. After all, I am still a tech guy; I still spend my time in front of a computer, on the internet, and digesting information. I still watched TV and movies, I still listened to podcasts and music, I still read articles of interest or note.
So I guess I’m back on social media now. Not because I need to be and not because I felt that I was missing something during my absence. Quite the contrary, I learned how little I actually need social media for information or for entertainment. Connections are the bread and butter of social media, which is what I suppose I would lose if I were not on one of the many networks of which I am a part. I intend to move my social media habits to include more of those personal connections in fact, so less brands and businesses, more people.
I hope to cut the general noise and get to the heart of what social media can produce because, in the end, social media should be a creation engine.
Reach out; I look forward to the conversation.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.