Call me boring - or call me old-fashioned...but is it possible to be TOO connected?
It seems that everyone lately is on Twitter. I get emails from people every day saying that they're on Twitter, and asking me if I'm on it as well. Politicians have entered the game and you can receive "tweets" from everyone from Mayor David Miller to President Barack Obama.
Twitter describes itself as "a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"
As a new media specialist and marketing professional, I have a strong admiration for technology and its ability to engage communities all over the world. Finally, we all have a voice and most businesses are able to harness its tremendous power as a tool to showcase their products and services.
With this in mind, I can't help but ask one question: "Is it possible to be TOO connected?" While I like to keep in touch with friends and colleagues, do I really need to update them on my latest shopping trip or grocery list - or on the fact that my car is in for repair? And do they really want to know these things?
While technology has given us so much, I feel that some of us are losing a bit of ourselves in the process. Yes, it's cool to be updated on what people in your life are doing, but in an age that depends so much on interconnectivity - at what point does meaningful content become meaningless?
I'm not here to bash Twitter - and overall I think it's an interesting idea. I just wonder if maybe we're headed too much the other way.
So, what are you doing?
(For those of you who are interested, I'm spending the next week relaxing on a beach in Cuba. I'm taking a break from hyper-connectivity and am hoping the only "tweets" I hear are the ones singing on my balcony railing!)