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Tangled in the Fish Net
I was talking about social networking protocols recently when my daughter, overhearing the conversation, interrupted with a question:
Skylar: Are you talking about Twitter?

Me: Yes.

[A few minutes later]

Me: How did you know I was talking about Twitter?

Skylar: It often happens that when you're talking about something boring, you're talking about Twitter.
I'm trying hard not to reach the same conclusion. But I do find that type of networking less appealing than the sort that involves more expansive musings, as I noted here recently. The same goes for Facebook, though it seems to be shifting towards a more text-friendly format.

What interests me more than the majority of what I see on either Twitter or Facebook, though, is my daughter's ten-year-old perception of that sort of communication. She is simultaneously attuned to its presence in her environment, as her comments quoted above suggest, and inclined to regard it as something of littler interest to her personally. I wonder if that will change when she's a little older. Or will she go in a sharply different direction in her interactions with the media old and new? And if she does, will that simply reflect her already idiosyncratic tastes or be a signal of a generational shift as well?

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chefxh From: chefxh Date: January 10th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow, Bean is ten? Goodness.

The stupid synthetic chatter on facebook annoys me so, I hardly ever look at my page there. I have, however, been found there by several old friends.

Twitter just seems pesky. Posting one's tweets to LJ is particularly bizarre.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 11th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like rediscovering old friends and even folks I pretend to be friendly with now, even though I wasn't friends with them way back when. And Facebook is good for that. It just lacks the sense of a close-knit community that Live Journal at least used to have.

As far as Twitter goes, I'm trying to do something interesting with it. But I find myself getting sucked into a commenting vortex, where replies lack substance to such a degree that they function like ciphers for real responses that will never be made.

Still, as someone who studies social networking, I feel obliged to participate. Especially now that Live Journal seems to be dwindling in the States.
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