The defection from Twitter to Yammer has been interesting; a few weeks ago we were twittering away then along came Yammer. It not only attracted a greater number of UL employees but those with dual status seem to have gradually moved across and deserted Twitter in favour of Yammer. There’s a noticeable decline in Facebook contributions too. It seems that one is enough. Two is too many. Is this the nature of Web 2.0 tools? The flavour of the month is easily replaced by a new taste. What will take over from Yammer? There must be something equally new and addictive just waiting in the wings.
I’ve been thinking about the best way to approach the issue of Web 2.0 tools – a chunk of text didn’t feel like the answer – so I’ve opted for letting YouTube do the talking in this post (all the links below open in a new window)
Too much can be as bad as not enough – and the internet is the epitome of excess – too much to read – too many people – all posting, commenting, collaborating. Virtual working is fine in theory but the amount to do and the time you allocate never quite match up.
I’m increasingly uncomfortable with notions I used to support – such as Surowiecki’s ‘wisdom of crowds’ and O’Reilly’s ‘the more you use it the better it gets‘ advocacy of Web 2.0. Berner’s Lee vision of the internet was an ‘interactive’ community but did he underestimate the sheer volume of information ‘out there’ and the need for appropriate tools to manage it – and personal coping strategies for keeping abreast of the digital world while still having an analogue life.
Information overload is only ever a click away and here I am – adding to the proliferation with yet another blog – even more links…
I’m going to use this blog to investigate tools for managing my virtual life. As they used to say – watch this space – only now its more likely to be digg me or subscribe to my feed.