The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 09:06:00 AM on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
Have you met this person yet?  Do you follow them online? Are you that person?  I know I am.  I have carried this form of VGS for years and actually don't see anything wrong with it, which is a sure sign of VGS.

It isn't about the drive to report to you, my faithful readers, on all the new sites, gadgets and commentary.  it is the hunt to find that perfect tool.  That I may never find.  Yet, I am drawn to test, view, ponder and critique all that come along.  I am not certain there is no adrenaline rush right around when the beta invitation arrives.  The hopeful click on a link to confirm your email address.  The slow typing of the invitation code.  The dread of filling out yet another profile.  Yet we forge through, for you.  That is it!  All for you, the reader.  Not for me.

Ignore the following bad jokes as I walk you through the need to be first.
  • It comes in Waves
  • No one else gets the Gist of it - even if they know more
  • You must always be part of the CliqSet - you know, the early adopters of course
  • A desire to build a bunch of stuff with Google
  • An overwhelming need to new sites
  • Early adopters will work hot or brizzly

    Further VGS entries:
    Created Subject
    08/13/2009 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - Levels of Intimacy
    06/10/2009 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - The Twitter API Breaker
    05/19/2009 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - The Co_friend
    01/27/2009 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - The Over Information Gatherer
    12/10/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - Social Network Refugee
    12/01/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - new Repetitive Posting Syndrome (RPS)
    11/17/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - the publisher aka Minutia-streaming
    09/18/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - Social Stalking
    06/23/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - Forcing Temporary Remission
    05/12/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - Profile of a Social Networker
    05/08/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - the dosage issue
    04/14/2008 Tweeting in the bathroom - the new social crime
    04/07/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - the variance
    03/12/2008 Chris Pirillo further proves my VGS theory is true
    03/11/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - you have it

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Also Known As: Chris Miller (when awake)

Boring Certifications: (only because someone asked twice)

  • Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging
  • Domino 7 Certified Security Administrator
  • PCLP ND7
  • PCLP ND6
  • PCLP R5
  • PCLP R4
  • CLP Collaboration (soon to be retired Aug 2006)
  • random former R4 exams
  • CLI for numerous admin areas including Domino, Sametime and Workplace
  • CLP Insane

Yes, I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out.


  • At work an IBM 2 GHz
  • At home a plethera of 6 machines with various Windows versions and Red Hat on a wired/wireless LAN
  • A Toshiba E740 with 802.11b (yes geek toy)
  • An Apple 40GB iPod that is filled to the brim
  • Compaq RioPort MP3 player (now in storage)
  • An EBook (REB1100) also for travel (Love that darn thing)
  • Verizon and they always seem to know how to find me, damn cell


One dog, a Pug. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me.

Let us now also add a deranged cat that is in the process of being toilet trained. Update: Toilet traning was very very close.


Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks.

I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Next is the MP3 hard-drive for the car that I found. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.


  • Incredibly fast English
  • Very slow Spanish
  • Emoticon-ese
  • Learning Korean
  • HTML
  • Advanced Sarcasm

Geek class special abilities:

  • Notes/Domino overdrive
  • Workplace
  • Sametime
  • Active Directory (huh? kidding)
  • Quickplace
  • LMS, LVC and the other L's of elearning
  • Windoze junk
  • MS Exchange versions
  • LAN
  • Server Iron
  • Yeah, yeah it goes on some


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Character Bio:

This will take far more time than I have today. I will start with I was born and still live in St. Louis, MO. Even though for a couple years I was never, ever here and always on the road, this is smack in the middle of the US. Everything is just a few hour flight. That part is nice. No beach/ocean/coast isn't the best. But with the travel I make up for it.

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