July 24, 2007

The Blog Herald: Social Networking — Am I Person Or an Item?

published this at 6:15 am

Flashback 1997 . . . Flash Forward 2007

For all of our conversation, for the ideas, time, and thoughts share in our comment boxes, I hope that you’ll head over to read this one. Please.

Verbal volleyball can be a kick. When Twitter used the term, people, to mean friends for an Internet second, I got a chance to type, “I’ll have my people call your people and we’ll do lunch.” I’ve always wanted to say that.

Cute, but off the page and forgotten, rightfully so, minutes later.

For the last few days, I’ve been thinking about the realities of going wide and going deep. It’s hard to have the time and the bandwidth to do both. It’s hard to keep up with it all. Every day it happens at a slightly faster speed. The wider I go, the shallower I get.

Read the whole feature in today’s Blog Herald by clicking the logo.

The Blog Herald

It’s about blogging and real life.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
I wrote at the Blog Herald about books, information, and relationships, making connections from the patterns she sees. I consider these keystone articles.
Authenticity and Transparency in the Real World
In the Real World — The Half-Full, Half-Empty Glass
The Universe of People, Black Holes, and Stars
Connectors and Mavens on the Tipping Point
The Writer’s Dilemma and the Blogger’s Secret
The Two Webs: Information or Relationships?
Social Networking: Am I Person Or an Item?

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4 Comments to “The Blog Herald: Social Networking — Am I Person Or an Item?”

  1. July 24th, 2007 at 8:06 am
    Christine Kane said

    This is a great article. And I feel exactly the same as you do about the wide/shallow issue. I’m not sure to what you refer EXACTLY – but often I’m thinking of the “LEAVE COMMENTS ON OTHER BLOGS!” rule – and so often it feels like a flitter or a rule – rather than a conversation or something to think about. I’m teaching many workshops on writing and songwriting this summer, and I’m faced with this very issue – the issue of slow and deep, rather than fast and furious! And I was on the phone asking another songwriter friend “What do I tell my students about why this deep quiet slow stuff even matters – in a world that rushes and tells us that the rushing is what matters?” And of course I know the answer! (It’s why I read this blog first!)

    Thanks Liz! See you Thursday!

  2. July 24th, 2007 at 8:28 am
    Rick Cockrum said

    In the movie Tombstone Doc Holliday is talking to someone. They ask him why he’s helping Wyatt Earp.
    Doc – “Wyatt Earp is my friend.”
    Other – “I got lots of friends.”
    Doc – “I don’t.”

    I think we’ve forgotten what a friend is.

  3. July 24th, 2007 at 8:29 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Christine!
    I’m with you. It comes down to quality. I learned a long time ago that my choice was to do the impossible or do go deep to built quality. Less is more when it gives me room to go deeper and expand how I think.

    I can wave from a parade or sit down and talk to a few. In the end it’s the latter that teaches, nurtures, and adds something to the world.

    Can’t wait to see you!

  4. July 24th, 2007 at 8:31 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Rick,
    Thank you for saying that. I loved that statement too.

    If everyone is my best friend, then no one is. Right?

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