Today I finally subscribed to Twitter.
My first contact there is a friend that in one of his recent comment wrote how people that claim they hate social net and that subscribe to Twitter are "2.0 IDIOTS".
Nice one 8)
True, but only to an extent.. because while I find Twitter ok (though, I still don't quite understand it) for example, I cannot stand FaceBook.. because it's some sort of private Internet, ran by some dude with curly hair.
FaceBook makes it possible to get back in touch with old lost "friends".. but that seems to me a rather sad thing in most cases.
It also makes it easier for people to know what their peers are doing.. which is kind of cool, until it's painful.
You write and write what you do and what you did.. but at some point perhaps you don't want to let some people know about something.. until basically reverting to not telling anything because it becomes to complex to consider all possible effects of writing something that will ring a bell on dozens or hundreds of "friends".
A blog instead is more often than not a lonely place. American media is filled with the word, but the meaning there is really: "influential person has an opinion web site". People rushed to blog and realized that their stories were not interesting enough to get the average person to understand or subscribe to RSS feeds.
..so systems like FaceBook make it easier to follow people and then we are all busy following, talking, replying.. and who writes the code ?!!
..at the end of the day, people should rather be busy. If you are bored, write code.. instead of reading and writing comments, opinions, etc.
One last thing that has to be mentioned is that people are normally in one of two possible states of mind: alone and looking or with a partner and not particularly looking.
The first one is what makes social networks really explode.. people without a partner are the real work horses of social networks, and anyone that wants to break into social networking has to either be single or consider that state of mind as the prime target.
Thank you for reading !