Social Insanity

I have to give credit where credit is due, I was thinking it, Keeping Up Appearance beat me to the punch and wrote about it.

While I was driving around the parking lot (not in circles) at Steelyard Commons after visiting my friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, I started to think how infrequently I use myspace anymore. Yeah, I already wrote about myspace vs. facebook but this social networking stuff is getting out of hands.

Right now I have:
myspace – I started somewhat for my job then it blossomed into a crazy addiction
facebook – I started because just one of my friends had it, now I have more than 100 friends
plaxo – I started because just one of my friends had it, I can’t tell you the last time I logged on.
linkedin – I started it because I thought it was the professional myspace. I still don’t get its use.
vox – I started it because just one of my friends had it and to comment on a blog.
yahoo360 – I don’t even know if it exists anymore, I don’t even know if I have a page.
twitter – I can’t update my myspace, facebook and twitter status at the same time. People apparently want to know what I’m doing, like “hey, I’m going to Steelyard.”

Of course, there’s my very own social networking site, I love my blog and don’t plan on giving it up. Thanks for your readership and your comments. They always make me smile.

I read text messages and get e-mail instantly on my phone. Oh and let’s not forget the fact, I actually have a cell phone so you can CALL me.

I have a Yahoo! e-mail account and always will unless they start charging or shutdown.

I have two gmail accounts. I have a hotmail account that’s surely dead now because I never use it. It always had too much spam for me.

Oh and let’s not forget my work e-mail or phone.

I’ll be using myspace less and less because everyone seems to have migrated to facebook. I think myspace got on the widget bandwagon too late. Now they’re offering putting applications on your page but everyone already has their facebook account set up already.

Facebook has become myspace on steriods and seems to be so much more accepted. One of my co-workers told me this morning he was actually thinking about signing up. I’d never expected it of him to say such a thing.

So, if you really want to get in touch with me, I’ve opened up some of the options, it’s only that now, I’m thinking about closing some of them down,


Goodbye Yahoo! Mail?

My relationship with Yahoo! goes back years. I finally had ditched AOL and went surfing to find a new place to tell people to e-mail me. I found Yahoo!. It was a great relationship. I sent e-mail, I received e-mail, Yahoo! kept the spammers at bay, Yahoo! was there for me through the good and bad times.

I want my Yahoo! mail to go to my e-mail client. My Gmail account does this without any problem. Gmail even provides a tutorial on how to accomplish this. Yahoo! wants me to pay $19.99 for the service. I used a program that would allow me to get my Yahoo! fix in my e-mail client but now it won’t let me sent the e-mail I want. Yahoo!, I thought I knew you!

Now, I have to contemplate giving up my best e-mail friend and switching to Gmail exclusively or paying the $20 a year that Yahoo! wants for their e-mail “Plus” service.

I’m not going to be rash and rush to any decisions. I think Yahoo! does a much better job filtering spam than Gmail. Just compare the spam boxes in both and you’ll have to agree. My dealbreaker might be the lack of free accessibility for my mail.

Yahoo!, can’t we just be friends again?