Scoble + Facebook = Overload

I’m trying. Really I am. I’ve read Robert Scoble’s stuff and watched his videos for a few years now and, for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed what he does. But you know how you can say “I could eat pizza every day of the year” and then you’re sick of it after a week or so? Well that’s how I’m getting with nearly every post being about Facebook.  Do a Google search for Scoble and Facebook.  Here, I’ll save you the trouble:

“Results 1 – 10 of about 1,700,000 for scoble facebook. (0.07 seconds)”   1.7 Million!

I’ve joined. I’ve tried. Maybe the social networks just aren’t for me. I though MySpace was a disaster. Probably the ugliest site on the internet. But look how huge it is. I’m part of LinkedIn, but I don’t babysit my account every day like I probably should. Twitter? I get it, but it seems like being a member of Twitter would get old quickly.

I still like using email. I like text messaging. I like having a Blog. I love RSS.

Maybe it’s generational. Maybe, after being in the tech field for 21 years I’ve lost my tolerance for distractions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a Scoble fan, but I’m hoping the subject changes once he takes on his most important role – the father of a new baby.

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  • Jak

    My theory is that its not for everyone. I rarely touch my FB or MS accounts on a regular basis. They serve a purpose, very useful for certain things when I need them or to run into people who may not find you any other way. But they are definitely not for everyone, and usually I think everyone that uses them will grow tired of the constant updating and care needed. I think Scoble will move on soon.

  • jcricket

    Scoble will move on, so will Arrington and Om Malik and all the others that mainly exist to promote the “new new thing” ™. And next time someone points out that the next new new thing is really just the same as the old new new thing, they’ll accuse you of being a luddite or fuddy-duddy. I think all these sites are great for kids or young adults, but for most people they will never be more than a momentary diversion.

    Plus, I really tire of the fact that everyone constantly bemoans their lack of community, friends, etc. and then you try to explain that perhaps if they spent less time in front a computer screen trying to amass “friends” and more time in the real world interacting with their family, existing friends – you know, real live interactions with real live people, perhaps they wouldn’t feel so alone.

    And don’t even get me started on all the wasted energy on blog wars, gossip, etc.

    I’m with you – I’ve got a lot less tolerance for distractions or diversionary activities that require babysitting now that I’ve got a family, responsibilities, etc. I think I need to spend less time in front of a computer screen, not more. So apps that help me do that, sign me up. Other stuff? Only if I’m bored at work.

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