Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Facebook Friend Experiment

I've decided to start posting on the Facebook walls of friends who show up in the list, presented six at a time, on my profile page, shown above. I am visiting their profile pages, looking at recent posts and photos if available, and trying to leave a personalized greeting and welcoming to the summer on their wall.

The only obstacle to this grand social experiment is that with many friends, who may or may not be tuned into Facebook, how meaningful is the social connection that Facebook is supposed to foster to all its participants? I use Facebook daily, but many of the people I have friended do not. I conceived this summer experiment to see if reaching out to the people with whom I have reconnected through Facebook might be interested in fostering this reconnection. Facebook has put me back in touch with many people from junior high and high school, as well as college. By reaching out to those who participate peripherally can I build and enrich my social network?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine

The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine

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Since I purchased an iPhone I've mostly used it, in place of my 4 megapixel digital camera, to take the majority of my photos. The iPhone is always on me and it requires fewer steps to get the images off the device and onto the Internet. The image quality is not as good as the digital camera's, but it's "Good Enough" for me.

I read this Wired Magazine article, linked above, a while back, and it really got me thinking about how in many instances the "best" technology is overkill and Keeping it Simple is the rule of the day.