Have you ever thought of blogging as a form of public nudity? seriously, many people blog about the most intimate things in the world, openly exposing themselves to the rest of the world. I believe that in some form, these people want to expose themselves to the public in other manners, however, due to society constraints, they are unable to do so – thus, they blog about these things.
What do people blog about? well, taking apart the professional blogs, personal blogs tend to ramble on and on without any specific theme. About a year ago, I read an article called: “No one cares what you had for lunch!”, that had discussed the various aspects of poeple’s blogging habbits. People had written everything in their blog, what are they doing, what are they eating, when was the last time they mas***** – I mean everything. At some point in time, the blogging engines RSS feeds were simply full of “So and so is doing such and such…” – how bizzare. I’ve seen blogs where people discuss their sexuality and preferences. What amazed me about these blogs was the fact that these people had invested a great deal of time and money, promoting their blog with search engines, so that when you search for the term: “Barbie Dolls catalog”, because you are looking to buy a birthday present for your neice, you end up with a site about people’s sexual facination with mannequins and dolls – not exactly what you were looking for.
So, with the advancement of Web 2.0 communities, websites such as twitter and facebook enable people to relay their actions in a more civil way, and only their friends will know what they are doing – that is great. Now, one can choose who he’s friends with, and filter out all the bullshit of other people – way to go facebook. But yet, the need to expose yourself still exists, thus, we get to know the massive updaters. Those who are updating their facebook status every 5 minutes. To be honest, I don’t care if you are currently in the toilet because you had a bad shrimp for lunch – it gets annoying. So, you end up removing these people from your friends list, because you no longer care what they do – and again, you have peace of mind – no more people telling if they are throwing up, if they are wa***** off – only the ones we want.
So, I call for the promotion of facebook as an all world communications tool – it is simply the BEST communications filter I’ve ever seen. I read what I want, from whom I want, when I want and I don’t have to worry about things I don’t want, because I can always remove the unwanted people – perfect. In other words, if we can apply the same concepts of facebook to the world of communications, be it networking, cellular, PSTN or even television – that would be amazing.