Now for more questions. Facebook: okay I really don't know what this does. I did sign up for Tweeter a few years ago, to follow a cross country race my son was in as someone was posting the race, and that was the last time I used that thing.
So my big question is; why don't people just email their friends? One program and account that does all your electronic communication?
Here is my take on all of this. My leisure time is valuable. I have to monitor my business email, so those I want to stay in contact with have it. I have a free email service that I never use, unless someone or some company wants my email and I don't care to communicate with them; I then give them that email address. I need a phone for business, so I have a cell phone and a business-only land line. My cell phone is probably 95% business. I can count my real friends on one hand, and don't need to talk to them more than once a month... even less is better. I really don't care about what some kid I went to school with 50 years ago is doing... we probably have little in common, and if I liked them in the first place, I would have probably stayed in touch. I live with my best friend, who happens to be my wife, so I set aside most of my free time for her. I don't text. Text messages are just another thing to monitor and clutter up your life. The exception on texting is when I am traveling in different time zones or late at night, I text my wife to let her know I arrived safely, instead of calling and waking her up -- on a high traffic text month I might send 5 of them, usually I forget how to use the freakin application anyway. When people text me, I call them and tell them not to do it again; if the text is important they can call or email; and if their message isn't important enough to warrant a call or an email, then it isn't important at all and we are both wasting our time with it. I spend enough of my free time on BPL (maybe too much). I visit only one other forum on the Web, a tent trailer site, and only visit it once or twice a week, and rarely post there anymore since I started visiting BPL. One forum is enough to keep up with.
Seems that if people cut down on all this social networking stuff they would have more time to get out and hike, bike, run, ski, etc., or even god forbid... talk to their wife and kids for a few hours everyday. We have so many posts on BPL about living the simple life, it seems that all this social networking is a complicated, time consuming mess. To me one email account and a cell phone is the UL kit. Facebook, Tweeter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Your Space, My This, Your That, etc., seems like a 65 pound external frame pack to me.
Now some (or most) will say I am just an old, technology illiterate fool. Maybe I am. But I have been using PIMs to manage my time for a long time (since the 80's), starting with Sharps, Casios, Palm Pilots, Smart Phones, and even an Apple Newton -- most of you will have to look that one up, because you never heard of it:) My laptop syncs with my phone so I have instant access to my calendar, contact list, and to do list. I have been using a cell phone as a modem for nearly 10 years so I can maximize my time when traveling on business. All of this is done to make me more efficient, so I will have more free time to pursue my hobbies and family time. I build software applications for a living... so I understand the technical part of technology. But I see technology as a means to simplify life and create more free time in my life -- not a black hole to suck up all my hard earned free time. The less time I spend with electricity circling around my brain, the better :)
Now if I lived in Alaska in winter, yeah I can see doing more of this social networking stuff :)