When you are addicted to the Internet, like me, and when you go offline for three days during a holiday with family, like I just did, you notice things.  My loss was not the net (heaven forbid, I have a browser on my phone), but my social media tools and community (twitter stopped working on my phone and so on…)
Now that I am (joyously) reconnected, so observations:

  • When you are offline, you miss news delivered to you personally in the bulletin-like format of personal emails (truth is, I did get email on my phone, just not the net)
  • Without twitter, there is no extended community to monitor and feel connected to (true continuous partial attention)
  • Without friendfeed, there are no news links & commentary to enhance and expand news. And there is no meme of the day; the “best of” post everyone piles onto with comments.
  • And web surfing on a little browser isn’t the same…most sites are not optimized (I know, I bought a Blackberry instead of an Apple and this is what I get…)

Anyway, there are some new tools I am playing with that I didn’t miss, but now that I am re-wired, seem hella fun:

  • Plinky. Jason said don’t say anything, so no info yet, more to come on this one
  • Zentact: Tag your friends and contacts and then better manage relationships; I’m intrigued, but I imported too many people so the product loads way too slow to really test.
  • Mr tweet: Is this a one trick pony? Had a great time when I got my first report of twitter people to follow…will there be more? (hint, hint, fellas).

When you are addicted to the Internet, like me, and when you go offline for three days during a holiday with family, like I just did, you notice things.  My loss was not the net (heaven forbid, I have a browser on my phone), but my social media tools and community (twitter stopped working on my phone and so on…)
Now that I am (joyously) reconnected, so observations:

  • When you are offline, you miss news delivered to you personally in the bulletin-like format of personal emails (truth is, I did get email on my phone, just not the net)
  • Without twitter, there is no extended community to monitor and feel connected to (true continuous partial attention)
  • Without friendfeed, there are no news links & commentary to enhance and expand news. And there is no meme of the day; the “best of” post everyone piles onto with comments.
  • And web surfing on a little browser isn’t the same…most sites are not optimized (I know, I bought a Blackberry instead of an Apple and this is what I get…)

Anyway, there are some new tools I am playing with that I didn’t miss, but now that I am re-wired, seem hella fun:

  • Plinky. Jason said don’t say anything, so no info yet, more to come on this one
  • Zentact: Tag your friends and contacts and then better manage relationships; I’m intrigued, but I imported too many people so the product loads way too slow to really test.
  • Mr tweet: Is this a one trick pony? Had a great time when I got my first report of twitter people to follow…will there be more? (hint, hint, fellas).