I really am all about the social networking. Honest. I like the interaction, the expansion of my community and, generally speaking, I like trying anything new to see how it will play out. Some of them surprise me; Second Life has suddenly gotten much more enjoyable since I’ve become a member of a community (it sure helps to know the right peeps!), and we are all aware of my twitter addiction/obsession. (Twitterdiction? Twobsession? Twhatever.) That really took me by surprise. However, for whatever reason, I just haven’t managed to embrace the Face. I’ve had a FaceBook account for quite some time; at first it was simply to check on/interact with my kids, and then it hit the adoption curve at the faculty/staff level at work and I was right where I was “supposed” to be. It was novel having a whole new community to interact with there, and seriously—Scrabulous was a brilliant way to pass the time.
But things move fast around here. More apps to explore, blogs to post,
rss feeds to check, and pretty soon something has to give. What works?
What fails? I started falling behind on my Scrabulous moves (all those
“Hey Stupid! It’s your turn. AGAIN. Move it, would ya?” emails keep
stacking up in my inbox, and I still don’t find time to check it. While
it’s fun to throw the occasional sheep, I grow weary of updating my
status in a dozen places, and the time comes where priorities must win
out. Twitter’s in a handy little app with a small footprint on my
desktop, where it keeps me in the loop without any extra effort on my
part (kudos to twhirl, my new favorite app). Probably why IM still owns the right side of my desktop—keeps my world available when needed.
So I’m doing the gradual fade out on the FaceBook. And interestingly, I’m not feeling the guilt, either. I check it every couple of days, but not obsessively (after all, since nobody adds me in to play Scrabulous, I can let ’em wait). And it seems I’m not the only one feeling the freedom. CogDog blogs about it, as does Cole, so I guess I’m where I should be on the adoption curve. But really, this YouTube clip, below, seems to sum it up well. Except for throwing the occasional sheep, mind you. I like that. You’ve been warned.