The Six Stages Of Social Networking.
While spending far too much time deciding the best way to activate some of those social networking applications that I've acquired but not adopted, I came across the inimitable Nora Ephron's six stages of email. The parenthetic explanations are mine.
Stage One: Infatuation (communication is new)
Stage Two: Clarification (communication seems simpler)
Stage Three: Confusion (communication multiplies)
Stage Four: Disenchantment (communication overload)
Stage Five: Accommodation (communication reduced to grunts)
Stage Six: Death - Call me. (communication returns to manageable levels)
Methinks that as people switch from network to network in order to solve the aggravations of this progression, we're all going to go through these stages faster and more frequently in future. I just hope people ultimately get a better understanding of communication and how to optimise it because joining and overseeing myriad networks is not progress.