The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 08:30:00 AM on Monday, December 1st, 2008
A subset of VGS has surfaced in the wild of social networking recently.  Be warned, no known cures exist today!!!  But I have the medical definition already written out.  As the title of the posting suggests, it is Repetitive Posting Syndrome (RPS), a new part of VGS.

Some new services like and now offer the ability to submit the same content and postings to multiple sites.  Instead of creating a simple flow between them (such as the ability to submit RSS to Twitter or have your Twitter postings show on Facebook, etc etc etc). You write a post once and then have it show up at every social network you define.  Between the two sample I listed, that covers over 20 different sites and networks.  This ability to submit to all at once enhances the feeling and empowers the person cursed with VGS.

So far, the only know way to force temporary remission, not a cure, is direct combating of RPS from the followers of the person afflicted.  I have seen interventions take place where followers band together and 'unfollow' the poor RPS sufferer.  What they do not realize is that by simply making noise about not following that person, they have wreaked havoc with the VGS.  Services like Qwitter, that alert you when someone stops following you, definitely change your perception on how your postings are perceived by followers.  You start to over analyze each individual tweet to see how you offended someone.  Yet they do not stop RPS sufferers from continuing forth to make their presence felt on every network.  The followers then also suffer since so many user FriendFeed, which the RPS person has also aggregated in so you see the same posting 14 times at once.

What we need is a simple way to prompt someone kindly without jumping into the immediate unfollow.  It is only fair to tell someone, rather than walk away.  The person with RPS needs to be treated gingerly and softly so as not to create a ripple in their smooth VGS taste.

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