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01 May 2008 @ 07:57 am
Am I the only one?  
Am I the only one feeling overwhelmed by the proliferation of various types of networking and communication sites in vogue today? It seems like almost everyone but me uses many of these things every day. I can't even keep up with what each of them does! Now every blog entry and many news stories I see have links for several of these things and I don't have time to even check them out. I read about the guy who was saved from jail by Twitter and I thought, "Twitter? WTF?" And as wordy as I am, I will never understand the allure of texting with those tiny keys when you could just, like, talk.

It must be that I'm getting old.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on May 1st, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I've dumped MySpace. Almost everybody I know who has anything to do with writing and publishing is on there, but it's not doing a damned thing for me except taking up time and space. I'm on Facebook, but it's done more for me in the last three months than MySpace has done in the last three years (and no, I'm not exaggerating in the least). I'm on Twitter - and got Apex a Twitter account, too, which I maintain (Apex has a Facebook page, too; I'm our official "social media person"). Twitter has done a lot for me too - and is helping Apex as well. It's been amazing. Social marketing is amazing. ;)

You're not getting old.
A radiant bundle of fascinating contradictions: hickeydalbino83 on May 1st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
I like texting with my phone. I am not always in a place where I can talk on the phone (I share an office), and it's a nice way to send a message without disrupting everyone around me.
Tapatitapati on May 1st, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
That makes sense, but I watch my daughter spend hours texting to guys instead of just having a conversation and that I can't relate to. She says it's easier and you can do other things in between. Really, it's become a way of life for young people now.
3treekisser: Poppy3treekisser on May 1st, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
That's why I quit forum-ing. :/
Tapatitapati on May 1st, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
I just don't have time for more than my own forum and LJ these days. It's all too much. I do have a myspace and I drop by there once in awhile and transfer a few of my LJ things but other than that, I'm too busy.
batchfilebatchfile on May 1st, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
somethings you may not know about texting versus talking on a cellphone.

if you are out in teh boonies, having car trouble and your call for help keeps getting dropped, try texting a message to one of your friends.
cellphone talk requires a very firm continuous connection because it uses so much bandwidth to provide voice service. texting, on the other hand, requires very little in the way of bandwidth, ad doesn't require a firm end to end connection to complete a message transfer.

the house i used to live in, i could not talk on my cell phone without a lot of dropping of my calls. but i could send texts rather reliably.
Tapatitapati on May 1st, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I can see that it's practical in that sense, but young people are using texting as one of their default modes of communication--I watch my daughter do it off and on for hours with guys, and teens are even worse. Punching tiny buttons like that would drive me mad in no time.
Ariana Dawnhawkarianadawnhawk on May 1st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those younguns ;) (although not a teenager) and I've never sent a text since I got my cell. I have a facebook, but I don't really use it anymore. I like LJ, though. I like doing online stuff (and I do it quite a bit), but I try to make time for other things too.