As social services spread, mutate, spawn like they are, I am sure I’m in the same boat as at least a few others– what was once novel and every peek drew attention, at what point do you draw the line? Do you automatically reciprocate any offered friendship?
I;m pretty much connected with a good circle via twitter (have not heard peep form jaiku in a while, is there a pulse?), but I get about 2-3 offers a day, mostly form folks I don’t know, and have to admit I ignore a lot I cannot recognize from their ID in the offered email. Sorry if I offended a real friend of colleague, but when I get once from “Jacques Ami” who has about 2000 friends, I am a bo doubtful he/she is seeking a meaningful relationship.
Just for fun, actually an un intended consequence, I have a small twitter Petri dish going. During some April prep for another presentation, I created a test account in twitter I never used. I call her my aunt who had just a few salty tweets here and there. And since, she has been pretty quietly. But strangely enough, every few weeks, she picks up a new friend. How? Why? It is some strange things mixing up in Aunty’s petri dish, though the experiment is now a put suspect by drawing attention to her.
My own tweeting has wavered a bit, not really keeping up with the heavy streamers of my fave colleagues, dashing in and out quickly- and updates have been mainly about barbecuing and my swimming pool battles with algae. Sounds like the inane stuff that gives twitter the rap that keeps its reputation in the “that’s tyhe dumbest thing I have ever heard of” range of the Twitter Adoption Cycle.
But, fellow tweeters, is there some sort of fear of “missing” something going on, like missing out on the latest rumors and topics in school? Or is that the wrong metaphor? It still has my attention, as I continue to pick up good nuggets of links and references here and there.
Ah well, just musings from my early morning here at the airport – http://twitter.com/cogdog/statuses/119942252 — next up is a sociographic study of patterns of herding around the Southwest Airline “A” lines ;-)