The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 12:42:13 PM on Monday, November 17th, 2008
It has been a couple months since I had another VGS posting in the series,  I need to address all the publisher's of random content just to blog, serve a feed or tweek a twitter.  With the introduction of both aggregation and lifestreaming (definitions here Link )  sites that pop up like a high schooler's acne, we are drawn to learn every infinitesimal detail about someone.  People that start strong with business purpose and a particular topic in mind are soon flung into VGS where they must tell us when they wake, how many times they put spoon to mouth with cereal and then how bad traffic is.  I am not saying that for extreme and funny stories this is not appropriate, but everyday?  When do you realize that you are no longer lifestreaming and are minutia-streaming?  I don't need to know you cat took a nap (mine does), I don't need to know how long it took you to drive to work today (34 minutes), I don't need to know how many spoonfuls of cereal you had (large spoon and half bowl so I guess 35?) nor do I want to know your location information on every block corner as you walk to lunch (10th and Washington).

How much time do you now lose daily not only putting out as much content as you can, but sucking it down from others like it is the life giving superstitious water only found in movies.  Can you quantify the return you get from the amount you publish?  Is there value in the information you are serving?  Do you lose followers based on specific types of postings?  If this is a yes, admit your VGS and fight it.

Learn how to rationalize what needs to be lifestreamed, what is quality content and what should go to friends only.  You know it is possible to maintain more than one account that pulls different information right?  Don't fall into the grips of VGS where you are not only the consumer but the server of immediate data into each other's lives.  Be strong in the drive to push the screen on the iPhone, spin the ball on the Blackberry and for damn sakes, stop learng how 2 shrtn each wrd to fit n2 SMS screens.

Since you need something more to read for your VGS, here you can see all the previous postings:
Created Subject
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
03/11/2008 Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - you have it

  • 1) Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - the publisher aka Minutia-streaming
    Created by Lars Olufsen at 11/17/2008 2:39:05 PM email | website

    I'm wondering if all those links are SUPPOSED to be notes:// links??

    If we go here -->> { Link } the links are { Link } but on this page, they link to Notes.

  • 2) re: Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS) - the publisher aka Minutia-streaming
    Created by Chris Miller at 11/18/2008 10:25:34 AM email | website

    @lars - no they were to be URL's, let me see what Notes did to my posdting

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