Web-based communication channels are burgeoning – people are being inundated by information, and are inundating each other with it. It’s consuming time, we humans’ most precious resource. There’s organization, disorganization, and a never ending stream of new venues to choose from.
Recent thoughts around the web
Nothing new, but…
What I’m waiting for is reality to set in. We’ve already heard plenty of folks complain about being pummeled by email, getting behind to the point where they “declared bankruptcy” by purging their inboxes and kindly requesting that people resend. Now it’s happening with network invitations. People’s Facebook profiles are getting clogged with requests for friendships and notices of new applications. They are publicly announcing they are going to follow fewer people on Twitter. These “troubled” folks are the core user base – the fans, the founders, and the venture capitalists providing the funding.
Reason and quandary
It’s become literally impossible to adhere to Dunbar’s number in the virtual world. Some are taking action because they realize the quality of their communication is what matters, not the quantity. Meanwhile, breaking basic sociological maxims are a requirement of all these networks – they either grow exponentially or die – quality does not matter. The very people these networks need to spread the word are the ones “losing clock” trying to keep up.
Something will give.