It might seem ironic for someone who writes about technology and innovation, but I have been resisting the use of Facebook and Twitter. Actually, I tried Twitter over a year ago but I quit because I found tweeting about what I had for breakfast to be a colossal waste of my time and boring to everyone else. Facebook was a bit of a different animal. I thought of Facebook as a semi-live chat for college and high school kids or maybe a good way to share pictures of the last vacation. I have had a Facebook account for a year but have hardly used it.
Then I started following the Chicago History Journal blog. Sharon Williams, who writes the blog, clued me in to the value of Facebook and Twitter as a way to enhance and connect a blog to a wider group of readers. When I saw how interesting her own pages were, I took the plunge.
So if you don't know about it yet, I have extended the Technology Almanac to Facebook here. My Facebook page isn't the same as what you will find in the blog. The blog links will show up there, of course, when they are posted but most of what is on Facebook are articles and links relating to topical stories about technology and innovation. I follow the news pretty closely and when I see something that I think others might find interesting, I post it on my Tech Almanac Facebook page.
Similarly, I have a Twitter page for the Tech Almanac that more or less mirrors the Facebook page. They link back and forth so if you prefer one over the other, you can see what's up in stories relating to technology and innovation. If you see a story that you think would be of interest, send it my way.
One of the things I have learned out of this experience is that Facebook and Twitter are more than tools to connect with friends. The number of businesses and institutions that are on both of these platforms is astounding. We are becoming ever more dependent on our social networking tools. That is not to say that there isn't a lot of mindless clutter out there. Arguably, the time that I spend minding the store on Facebook and Twitter might be more productively spent elsewhere. But I do learn a ton by what I see passing by my Facebook and Twitter windows.
I'm not sure where all this is leading but I do know that the way we connect and communicate is undergoing seismic shifts. I guess I want to go along for the ride.