Sunday, December 21, 2008

social apps

There was a time when I was ahead of most trends. Just ahead. Not a trendsetter.

But now I'm older and more sluggish and I'm stuck in the middle.

Lately, we lemmings have been swarming the social apps. I've tried a bunch but have settled on three -- Facebook, last.fm and Twitter.

On Facebook, I have befriended 72 Joe Millers from around the world. It's pleasantly strange to see my name beside pictures of men who bear no resemblance to me, who post status updates like "
Joe Miller was riding shotgun in Daryl's car, and is still cleaning his underpants..." and "Joseph Miller is like yes..roommate is gone..got da dorm myself..and aint got a final till thursday.YESSIR."

last.fm is self-explanatory and obviously awesome.

And twitter is completely baffling. It seems absolutely worthless. But I keep going back to it as if I'll find the answer there.

Anyway, I'm going to twitter -- or tweet, as they say -- our holiday trip. I'll post short dispatches and photos via phone. I'd do it on this blog, but my phone is not compatible.

You're welcome to follow, if you like
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1 comment:

Heidi said...

See if this NYT Mag article helps explain Twitter:

http://is.gd/7q2U

"This is the paradox of ambient awareness. Each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting."