January 5, 2008 spout

Time for some anti-social networking

OK, just after all my friends are on FaceBook, now I’m getting the requests to join Spock.com. I don’t know what Spock.com is, but after the address-book thingie, MySpace, the high school alumni thingie, Friendster (?), the Google ork-something, the business thingie and most recently FaceBook, I’m all done. All I ever do on these sites is approve friends requests! Isn’t there supposed to be some value to it other than that?

Oh, sure, I’ve had a few messages from people I haven’t heard from in a while, but email works for that. In fact, email works for a helluva lot of the internet apps I see today. Plus, most of them just forward web form results to my email anyway! Why do I need a whole other thing when I’ve already got all my friends listed in my address book?

I declare the social network backlash officially started!

From now on, I’m going to be doing some anti-social networking around the ol’ Casa de’ Sells. If you want me, you know my email addresses, how to post comments on my blog and my phone number. That should be enough.

*cough* When I was a boy, we didn’t have these fancy social networks. *cough* *cough* We had email and we were happy to have it!”

Yes, Grandpa. Shhhh….”