I just had a very frightening thought. Not just any frightening thought, but more like a wave of panic. It happened when I was doing research on this new social networking site called Plurk, then returning back to my Twitter page to update that, followed by checking my gchats, monitoring my Yoono account and updating my personal blog. It completely hit me, and I think I'm recovered enough now to actually verbalize (or script?) my very scary and, dare I say it, eye-opening, "I think I just blew my own mind" thoughts:
Where do I, and everyone else out there on the tech forefront draw the line? How many frickin' social networking sites can a person be on without going completely insane? Or worse, becoming a person with no more secrets! Ugh, the horror! The pain! The vain notion that people are craving my Tweets and Plurks and, well, whatever new web service with a name that has no vowels that comes out next! ACK!
So here is what I propose for not only myself, but all those out there who have a "social networking problem", or are thinking of getting into the internet game. Instead of inching closer to the imminent burst of the Web 2.0 bubble by creating more clones of preexisting websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Yelp, you work on the ones that already exist to optimize them (I consider Yelp a social tool; you have "friends", whats not social about that?). Engineers can rebuild them, they have the technology, they can make the networks better, stronger, faster, just like Steve Austin! But no bionic right arm or night vision...Yet. But for the love of all that is holy and geeky, please PLEASE stop trying to reinvent the wheel, MySpace, whatever, unless you have something really original or groundbreaking. Because frankly, I'm tired of joining all these sites just so I have something to talk about at the next nerdy tech party, and I'm not about to give up finding the new hot thing. I'm just lazy and don't like having to sift through various half-assed attempts at being uniquer and revolutionary, only to realize that nothing about me is secret or mysterious anymore thanks to a billion social sites, and that I'm about 5 seconds away from complete internet saturation, and quitting the entire web altogether. Scary huh?
Thats all I really have to say on that issue. My poor little laptop and I are stressing out over internet overload, and demand a solution! Results! Justice! More bandwidth! So now if you'll excuse me, I've got to uninstall Xobni, send my brother the new jam by Tally Hall via Pownce, and go get some human interaction in the form of dinner with some friends. Don't worry, I'll post pictures to Flickr and Facebook later.