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Suffering From Facebook Fatigue? Has Your Twitter Lost It’s Pownce?

Posted by telecommatt on August 1, 2007

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hitting social network fatigue for weeks now. My Twitter keeps getting Pownced by m Facebook– you know how that goes. Still, I thought this was interesting. If you’re not completely fed up with the social element of the web, there’s on open discussion on the Web Worker Daily blog.

Open Thread: Social Network Fatigue?

Over
the weekend, there was a brief flurry of blog activity because some of
the popular kids decided they’d had enough of Facebook because
they were too popular and couldn’t handle all the activity (no,
I’m not going to link – if they can’t manage the traffic,
why make it worse?). This led to some broader discussion of social network fatigue.
It seems that some people find the social networks – Facebook,
LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, or what-have-you – to be
such a burden that they get overwhelmed and need to drop out to reclaim
their lives and retain their sanity.
There are many reasons why this can happen. Perhaps people lose
sight of their original goal in joining a network, and start treating
it as a competitive exercise in collecting the most
“friends” without regard for any actual value. Perhaps the
lack of tools for organizing and prioritizing the traffic in most
social networks makes them harder to manage. Or perhaps the social
network is just the pet rock of this decade and people are moving on to
the next trend.
But perhaps the problem is overblown, and it’s only a few web
celebrities who can’t cope with the price of fame? That’s
why we’re asking you, dear readers: are you experiencing any
social network fatigue? Have you pulled back or dropped out of any of
your networks? Or are you still happily networking, whatever angst the
A-list may be indulging in this week?

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