Posts Tagged ‘social networking’
There was a brief, but interesting exchange on FriendFeed today about friending people you find “smart”.
First of all, I don’t know how you really begin to determine something like this on something like FriendFeed. I could potentially spout all sorts of brainy sounding crap and still have it be just crap. If I wanted to appear really intelligent, I’d only ever share articles that would prove that I’m a deep thinker of deep thoughts about deep topics.
I take some of the assumed (in terms of other people’s perceptions) snobbery with a grain of salt. It’s entirely possible that what was really meant is that some people just want to follow others who provide content and comments that are interesting to them. There is an option to block, but the only time I can personally see using that is if there is some slug out there who is really offensive or annoying. (I will say that blocking people you don’t find “smart” enough is snobbery, but who cares?)
There are people I don’t follow because I think they are blow-hards with huge egos…even if they do have something interesting to contribute once in awhile. My blood pressure just doesn’t need the stress and I don’t have the desire to pick through all the ego to get to the actual nuggets. (I can give you a couple of names if you are interested.)
I know that I don’t appear as one of those Mensa types on FriendFeed. Sure, sometimes I share the mundane parts of my life. If people don’t want to read it, they’ve got the option to hide it and it doesn’t hurt my feelings. Honestly, I think I get more out of social networking things like FF and Twitter than I really offer to others. Of course, I’m still fairly new in my field also and am learning.
So friend who you want. You don’t have to be a jerk about it (although there will always be those who just can’t seem to help themselves.) And let the rest of us use FriendFeed how we want to. It’s a big enough world out there for everyone to play.
I’ve been Twittering for awhile now. Over the four day weekend, I decided I’d take a break from it. And I discovered that I really didn’t miss it much. At first my intent was to unplug entirely from the interwebs and technology. Yeah, I should have known that wouldn’t work for a long weekend. First of all, I was playing with my Flip camera, so there were video downloads to do. It kind of snowballed from there.
I’ve been playing around a bit with FriendFeed. As I learn more about FF, the more I like it. Now that I’ve figured out how to tone down some of the noise, I find the content in general to be interesting and some of the discussions there to be rather lively…and sometimes silly (which is fine with me).
There are always going to be people who say that people use these tools the “wrong” way, which I don’t really understand. I haven’t noticed that any of them come with a rules list on how to use them. So how can there really be a wrong way or a right way? Different users are going to use things different ways and for different purposes. Right?
Kind of like library patrons.
I don’t know that I’m entirely abandoning Twitter quite yet. (Although some of their issues do get tiring.) But for me, FF is a richer, more interesting experience overall. Now is there any useful application for the greater library?