This blog has suffered because I'm hooked on social networking sites and applications. You can see on the right hand side of this website I've added a widget from a social networking site called DailyMile.com. It's a combo of a training log and facebook. You log your training - miles you have run or cycled, workouts completed - and then it gets posted. You can find "friends" who can follow you and vice versa. You can send "motivation", post questions, join groups, and find races or events to sign up for. I don't know any of my "friends" but it is interesting to see the different workouts and posts. I even gave some advice on shin splints, as if I had any idea what to tell anyone.
I'm also hooked on Facebook. I had an account because my brother posted something, but I hadn't really gotten into it. Then my husband signed himself up and started adding "friends" like crazy. Once he did that, it was all over. I had to add "friends" too. And "flair", and photos and blog posts and anything else I could find. I have become a fan of 21 different things, ranging from politicians to Uno to NPR. I'm a member of 22 different groups, from running groups to "Wii gave me unrealistic expectations about my bowling skills" to a site devoted to everyone named Kowalczyk. Why? I don't know. And I have friends from high school, neighbors, parents, and co-workers all part of my group of friends. You feel connected and you learn more about people than you might have through casual conversation. I'm sure there are lots of studies of the impact of Facebook on relationships and personal interaction, but I'm just enjoying it.
Then there's Twitter. Tweets, tweeps, twitterverse, tweeple, I just love the terminology that has sprung up around this website. Microblogging is the best way to describe it. Tell everyone in 140 words or less what you are doing or thinking or see or overhear. Moments used to strike me as destined for a blog post; now pithy sayings go straight to Twitter. Plus the mundane - I can keep my husband posted on my progress while I'm sitting in traffic or out of town for work. You "follow" people on Twitter and they "follow" you. I don't have a lot of people I know beyond my family (which is very useful and fun) that I follow, but I have found some celebrity tweeple - Wil Wheaton, Penn Jillette, Greg Grunberg, and John Cleese - who are very entertaining. Locally there are people I don't know but are enjoying following, including local newscasters. Channel 10 has involved everyone in Twitter and it's fun to get posts from them while they are on the air. The best, however, is John Scalzi's cat, Ghlaghghee.
And the crazy thing is that they all link together. I can post on dailymile.com and have it sent to Twitter. My "tweets" go to Facebook. It's an efficient way to tell everyone what I'm doing or thinking at any given time. I'm not sure we need this efficiency (who really cares that I'm sitting in traffic on 71, really?), but it sure is fun!