Regarding Dori’s post below, my answer to her question is “Because most of this social networking stuff is a fucking huge waste of time, even when wrapped in a veneer of productivity.” The funny thing is that Dori and I agree that I’m more social than she is in real life. But in the virtual world, she belongs to a zillion of these things, while I’m poking along with Twitter, Linked In, and Facebook, and I hardly ever check the latter two. I just don’t have time.
I found that the only way I could handle Twitter was to ruthlessly police and prune the list of people I follow, so that I kept interruptions to a minimum. And even then, when I’m working, I turn off Twitteriffic, switch my chat message to “Working, IM with care,” and sometimes even quit Entourage. My problem with social networking is that it wants to be, well, social, and clamors for my time and attention. That’s already in short supply.