23: Somebody I Used To (Not) Know

February 4, 2013

Editor’s Note: I’m out at the moment and can’t get things written about each article I’m sharing. Provided are just the links and then my final thought. Each link is via FlipBoard.

1. Smartphone consumers are less willing to experiment

2. ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Producer Says 3D Glasses Need To Evolve Or Disappear

3. “Evasi0n” Overloads Servers As Over 270,000 People Download The New Jailbreak For iOS 6.0/6.1 Devices, Including iPhone 5

4. 100 Reasons To Recover #729

5. How Church of Scientology channels Apple at Super Bowl

6. Smartphone consumers are less willing to experiment

7. FreedomPop Plans ‘LTE Clip’ To Give Free LTE To iPad, Android Tablets

8. Feds call on app makers to take privacy more seriously

9. From the Wire: Netflix Turns Art into Math

10. Who The Heck Are You?

I was kicking back on the bus, eavesdropping on conversations as I tend to do, and two girls were talking about Twitter, blogging, and how people who they don’t know follow them. And they find it weird and maybe a little bit creepy.

In my mind, the fact that outright strangers from countries I haven’t even heard of can me on Twitter, or read my blog, is fascinating. Things like that are explicitly why I use Twitter and why I blog. I’ve been opened up to worlds because of how social the web can be, and to me it’s weird that some people find that weird.

But I’m curious how widespread that sentiment is. One thing I know is that, despite being a middle class white American, I’m in the minority in a lot of ways. An easy example is how I’ve already replaced traditional computers with iOS devices; I believe that people can, but probably very few have.

So what if I’m in the minority for being social on the web? How many people are creeped out by the fact that I follow them either on Twitter or WordPress? That amount of people who I know for certain that aren’t weirded out by the idea is small relative to the whole amount of people I follow, and nonexistent relevant to everyone in the world.

The people who are cool with the idea of following and being followed by anyone are probably in the minority. It’s a humbling thought and it means that we (the social networking proponents) might want to change our messaging.

Thus far on this blog and elsewhere I’ve rambled about the benefits of blogging and Twitter,nut I haven’t tried to calm people into the idea. It might be time to change my overall message surrounding this stuff.

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