I don’t normally care much for James Lilek, but this column was reasonable. It did bring back to me an issue with Twitter and other such social technology, which is that I am a multi-faceted person and there is very little overlap of interest between those facets.
For instance, I am a father and my kids are utterly fascinating to my family and SWIPAIW’s family, but really of no interest to anyone else. My political opions, which are of interest to at least you wierdos, find no willing audience among those families. However, I could probably stun most of you in to near catatonia in minutes if I got rolling on the glories of some new trick I figured out involving the optimization of internet protocol handling libraries in C++, even though I do have acquaintences who find that fascinating.
Consider how this applies to something like Twitter. What would I tweet about? My kids? My politics? My template meta-programming? I suppose I could have multiple avatars but then I have to keep them straight and monitor all of them. It rapidly becomes more trouble than it’s worth and I haven’t seen anything that really addresses this issue.