Just about every day there’s a new online service promoting a ‘better way to stay connected’. While I’ve certainly become an advocate of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, I have to admit that I have my doubts about FriendFeed. These were amplified when I went to the site and was told that ‘all my posts would go to everyone on all my networks.’ I don’t know about you, but that’s the last thing I want to do.
I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends. Twitter to build my business network, and promote my marketing company. LinkedIn to keep up with professional connections. I don’t want a service that will blast something I intend for one audience to all the others. Nor do I want to know what all my friends are saying on their various networks. I mean really, who has the time?
Don’t forget, aside from all of these social networks, there are still the old-school methods for communicating like email and phone calls. Oh, and texting, too – which is a bit more recent.
The simple truth is, dozens of new Silicon Valley startups are attempting to capitalize on how much time we’re all spending online. Sometimes they actually create something useful. But as time goes by, I have to seriously question how many other networks I need to be a part of. My friend tells me he simply doesn’t respond to email on his Blackberry anymore. ‘That’s for when I’m at my computer.’ Sounds smart to me.
We have to leave time for other, more important things. Like interactions with real human beings. Truly useful information is really valuable. But too much information gets in the way of not just productivity, but enjoying life, too.
‘Too much information, running through my brain. Too much information, driving me insane.’ – The Police