Back in my day, we didn’t have no tek-now-low-gee! We didn’t have no “eye emm” or “arr ess ess” feeds. If we wanted to know what someone was doing, we went to their blog! And we liked it! Twitteryfloo!

This is a little how I feel about the current state of social computing in general. Facebook, Twitter, Feed Readers, and the like* have all come into this space, and for the life of me, I just can’t figure out a way to make them relevant to my social communication experience. I like the blog form. The page design. The sense of place. Sorta how I like album art and liner notes with my music. It gives context. It creates ambiance. It feels personal.

Does that make me a Luddite? Help me understand how these new tools meet certain needs and goals of your social computing experience. Does anyone have a keen sense of what they have lost since adopting  their use? Anyone? Let the crickets commence their chirping!

*I do chat (as of the last year or so), and I do text (sparingly), and I do use LinkedIn.


I have been using google reader for quite sometime now and it allows me to follow lots of feeds and share them quickly. I think the key is the focus on teh content and not necessarily what surrounds the content. For example I likely would have given up on your blog long ago if it wasn’t in my reader…but it is and now as you start your march forward to fulfill your promise I catch it! :-)

Posted by Steve on 8 May 2008 @ 10pm

I’m a recent convert to RSS, (finally) mostly because it helps me keep up with blogs that have few posts. Without RSS, I rarely kept up with really good bloggers that only posted once a week or so. I tended to forget to check in with them. But I’ll admit to not having figured out why I need facebook & twitter. Does anyone on the Internet really care that I mowed the lawn today or that I read books?

And of course there are the RSS feeds, the RSS feeds aggregators, the RSS feed manglers (Yahoo! Pipes) and the RSS feed sorters ( AideRSS ), so we can feed, sort, slice, dice, regex, re-order, mangle and aggregate our daily news, which if we tweak & fiddle long enough, will get us pretty much the same news we’d get if we just read the paper & a couple trade rags.

Posted by Michael on 11 May 2008 @ 6pm

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