I am guilty of not being on any of the social networking sites. All the invitations I receive, I designate as junkmail. It’s not luddism, nor incompetence, nor arrogance. Just simple lack of time. Just to deal with my email and tend to this website, I need 26 hours a day. Where am I going to find time for social networking? Knowing my obsessive self, I know that I will start spending more or more time making sure my entries are up to date and project the right message if I get in to this business. Best to stay away altogether.
Now this may seem some maudling trivia that does not belong in a serious website like LIRNEasia. But it is part of a larger and more important question, as shown by the NYT article from which the following excerpt is taken.
““Now, in order to even get the attention of the core group, you have to ask them to replace time or a behavior,” he said.
The future, they said, is in Web services that do not require users to change their behavior by, say, adopting a new service or transferring all their friends’ contacts from one service to another.
One example, said Mr. Kelton, is FriendFeed. It sucks in stuff your friends post on 43 sites, including Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, Digg and YouTube.”
LIRNEasia’s core constituency, the BOP, does not play a big role in webservices. But time and attention are limited irrespective of which SEC group one belongs to. The general question, therefore, is of broad interest.