by Roger Pynn
OK. So I’m in my 60s and I’m a dinosaur, but I like to think I’m fairly savvy when it comes to using digital technology to communicate.
Yes, I text. No, it is not my preferred form of sharing.
Yes, I have an active Facebook account. I enjoy it. It helps me observe what friends are doing.
Yes, I use Twitter. It intrigues me how much you can learn from such short bursts of thought … but it will never replace my appreciation for well-written memos.
I steadily follow hundreds of people and subscribe to RSS feeds of thought leaders I’ve grown to respect with no exposure to them other than their digital footprint.
And, yes, I answer my phone. I find it easy to have a single conversation rather than responding via the keypad on my iPhone to numerous questions posed in stand-alone context.
If Mark Zuckerberg has his way, however, I and a lot of other folks may be in for a lonely life. Facebook is rolling out a new messaging system that may just force us to gobble up our information bit-by-text-messaged-bit. Zuckerberg told PCMag.com that he asked high schoolers what e-mail services they used … but what about my generation?
I realize the future will be different but the here-and-now is important, too.
While I enjoy the continuous feed of Facebook that lets me scroll back and find out what my peeps have been doing, I fear the intent of Facebook’s business plan is to drive us all to share everything via one viral platform instead of through good old-fashioned one-on-one communication. Then there’s Apple’s Mobile Me, which clearly hopes I’ll link every digital device and file I have via one single post office in the sky. Kind of scary, but then again you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, so perhaps I’ve already succumbed.
Anyone seen my buddy Tyrannosaurus Rex? Please pass the Grecian Formula.