I’m not big on the social networking thing; I successfully resisted stuff like Friendster and Orkut and MySpace and LiveJournal. Is it because I’m a Luddite? My misanthropy? My innate shyness (no, that’s not it)? No, I think it’s because I see most of those things as just being a big time suck. I’m pretty busy, and when you’re a freelancer, goodness knows that there are way more than enough things that call to you and keep you from getting actual work done.
I don’t do IM or text on my Blackberry Pearl, for the same reasons. I see how much time Dori spends on her Blackberry, and that’s not for me. I installed the Gmail client for the Pearl, but that’s different; I can choose when I want to check mail; it doesn’t come after me. Same with Google Reader (via Opera Mini, a superior browser to the standard Blackberry browser) on the Pearl. I only have a few feeds, and I can check them when I’m stuck somewhere waiting around.
But I’ve finally succumbed to Twitter. I like it because it’s a bit like blogging, and because it has a social aspect, but it doesn’t bug me and I don’t feel like I have to respond. I’m using Twitterific on the desktop and Twitterberry on the Pearl.
I’m tomnegrino on Twitter, if you want to add me.