February 16, 2010 11:17 AM
Like most nerds who spend too much time online, I use many social networking services and it's interesting how differently I use them...
- This is the place where I share personal stuff with people I actually know. If I don't know you directly and know something personal about you, then I don't have a connection to you on Facebook. It's ironic that Facebook is the service that scares me the most when it comes to privacy issues but is the service where I have my most personal relationships.
- I have one account that's "me" that covers nerd stuff. My other account is for games and Warcraft related stuff which I assume people on my personal account don't want to hear about. I tend to use my normal account for quasi-bookmarking of links and ideas.
- This is much like my personal Twitter account, but it feels much more directly identifiable as ME since it's attached to my email account. It seems that in Buzz I should watch what I say more carefully and have to keeps things on the techie side of the world.
- Xbox Live
- These are people I know well, or that I don't know very well at all, but all of them are people I've met online and aren't annoying. I have know some of these people for six years now and have been promoted up into the Facebook realm of my social graph.
- I'm not using this, but I feel like I should be. I've been taking a lot of pictures with my iPhone and processing them with Mill Colour and have posted some of those pictures here. But they are a part of what I think of as a 'collection' and want to get them out there.
Twitter is wall and we all put our textual graffiti on it. It feels stateless. So far, Buzz feels like it's closer to home and more stateful, whereas Facebook is right inside my house and semi-permanent. I'm not really getting anything out of my personal Twitter account and the same goes for Buzz. I'm just going thru the motions on those and have followers I've never heard of and will likely never meet.
I haven't mentioned Posterous, Tumblr or Plurk, which I could use, but don't since those all seem like people are shouting in the abyss. They all seem to relish a stream of consciousness that amounts to nothing.
All of the services mentioned are ways to create and consume noise about our lives and I'm looking for ways to aggregate them all here on In My Experience in some meaningful (and yet automated) way. I looked into Storytlr, but it's a pain to get running and I have a wife, career and kid. Occasional blogging and manual labor will have to do for now, but I know there's some layer in between a personal blog and all of these other cloud services that can make things easier, meaningful and vaguely permanent.