crossing the chasm…

It was only after my recent trip to NY, that I got hooked to twitter. Prior to that, most of the content I used to browse and share was through the humble RSS feeds and the not-so-humble-anymore facebook. Well, for sure things have changed. For the better or not – can’t say, though the odds are tipped in favor of a yes.

But one thing that’s happened certainly is that I am sharing more content faster than I used to. Apparently, the 140 character limit on twitter works more like a feature for me (if you know what I mean). However, I still find it difficult to keep track of all that’s happening with the <100 people I follow. I dived in assuming better and easier access to stuff I was interested in, and suddenly I found myself deluged with seemingly endless information that I found difficult to stay on top of.

Needless to say, the evolution of my social networking behavior came a full circle and I eventually ended back with my Google Reader for stuff that mattered to me on a more regular predictable basis. And I think this is how the modern online user works: Live in a world of peaceful coexistence, where one medium is not sufficient and the collective total is far too overwhelming. Crossing the gaping chasm between the various platforms is easier said than done and at least I eventually ended up playing the balancing act on the ropes that stretch across the gap.

I must confess, I feel relatively at ease now, having successfully negotiated the pitfalls of overload and still managing to remain connected in a scarily networked online world. Or at least, that’s how I feel, for now…

Would be good to hear how you use the various mediums of networking and what works best in your view…

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  • Prasad

    I swing between moments of total internet silence and days of reading all I can find on the internet. Finally settling on the daily funnies :-)
    Depending on Google Reader for my daily coffee, Facebook for aggregated content and twitter for some light banter. I keep telling myself that I need to be more regular, but just doesnt happen :-)

  • Gaurav Agrawal

    that sounds so familiar! :)
    btw haven’t yet figured out how to use facebook for anything useful other than keeping in touch with friends…

  • Prasad

    If you are running an internet business, then a FB page can be a vital souce of leads.